What do couples really do on their wedding night?
Everyone knows that the tradition for couples who just tied the knot is to spend their wedding night being together as husband and wife for the first time … you know, having sex. But like a lot of wedding traditions, that one comes from a time when newlyweds didn’t live together before they were married and may not have ever been intimate before. So is that the way most couples spend their first night after saying “I do?” According to a new survey from Wedding Wire, less than half of them do.
The wedding planning site asked hundreds of people how they actually spent their wedding night and this is what they admit to doing:
- Had Sex: 40% - While this was the most popular wedding night activity, only 40% of newlyweds say they got it on, so that leaves a lot of brides and grooms who didn’t get lucky (and we say that number is even pretty high).
- Ate Food In Bed: 26% - This may actually be better than sex, especially because after all the wedding planning and the ceremony and reception, people are exhausted. And is there really anything more relaxing than eating in bed?
- Looked At Photos Of Their Wedding On Social Media: 25% - Sure, lots of guests snapped photos all night and posted them to social media, so brides and grooms want to take a look, but Instagram and Facebook will be there the next day.
- Opened Their Wedding Gifts: 23% - Apparently some couples would rather dive into that pile of presents than have hotel sex on their wedding night.
- Stayed Up All Night Partying: 22% - While some new misters and misses are enjoying a night of passion after their nuptials, others dance or drink the night away with loved ones and wedding guests. It’s the bride and groom’s night, so if they’d rather spend it doing tequila shots with their college roommates or eating tacos in their undies in bed, that’s exactly what they should be doing.