The honeymoon is supposed to be the most romantic trip of your life, right? So what happens when you bring a bunch of your closest friends along?

It’s the latest wedding trend, the buddymoon. That’s when the newlywed couple brings friends, or even their family, along for the ride.

Why would anyone want to do that? Well, according to Brad Wilcox, a sociologist with the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, it’s a natural evolution.

Sixty-five percent of couples now live together before marriage. So the honeymoon has lost some steam. Most couples already spend a lot of time together and have already taken romantic trips together. The wedding night just isn’t what it used to be, and the honeymoon is no longer the turning point in a relationship. So taking friends along makes the trip more special in some ways.

The Traveler’s Joy website, a site that helps couples plan their honeymoons, is finding that more of their users are planning group buddymoons. And the trend has become more popular since celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon. Alicia Keys and her husband took a buddymoon. So did country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

Another reason the buddymoon is catching on is due to the economy. People just don’t take annual vacations like they used to, so they’ll use their friend’s wedding as an excuse to take a week off, and travel with the couple, staying in separate rooms of course. It’s especially popular when a couple is having a destination wedding. If they’re getting married in the Bahamas, family and friends will simply stay for the honeymoon.

So what do you think of the buddymoon trend? Fun trip to help celebrate your marriage? Or is three or four or more a crowd on your honeymoon?