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Burnt brides-to-be, boozed bridesmaids and bucks with broken bones Pre-nuptial blunders overseas costing Aussies over $200K

December 21, 2016 Insurance No Comments Email Email

It’s meant to be the last hurrah before the big day but for Aussies seeing out the last of their single days overseas, the pre-nuptial celebrations aren’t all smooth sailing.

From missed flights to medical care, new research conducted by Southern Cross Travel Insurance reveals destination hen and buck party faux pas are leaving three quarters (75%) of those surveyed out of pocket by up to $2,000 and an unlucky handful (4%) more than $200,000.

Pre-wedding butterflies got the better of more than a third of bucks, with 35% enduring tummy troubles, while 32% of hens were left red-faced after too much sun.

Known for partying up a storm on their last night of freedom, too much booze left 22% of hens and bucks parties feeling worse for wear and in true ‘The Hangover’ style, leaving some with little to no memory of the night before.

Bucks parties were more likely to have an accident (23%) or break a bone (15%), while hens were more likely to fall victim to crime with 16% being pick-pocketed.

Forget the final fling before the ring, almost 1 in 10 (9%) brides-to-be admitted to losing their engagement ring during the pre-nuptial celebrations, with a further 6% misplacing passports, bank cards and mobiles.

Tears and tantrums were more common among hens, with 29% falling out with friends while 7% of bucks parties also ended in heated arguments.

Destinations hens and bucks party specialist Leanne Mousley, of Cherry Picked Travel, says party hot spots including Vegas, Bali and Thailand are the go-to destinations for Aussies heading abroad for hens and bucks parties, with Vietnam and Cambodia also becoming popular picks.

“Cheap flights, beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife are a big drawcard for Aussies planning the ultimate pre-wedding party. Being away from their everyday environment also gives some a sense of people able to do things, they wouldn’t normally do back home!”

Unexpected costs mostly came from missed, cancelled and delayed flights, shortly followed by medical care (39%), while expensive restaurant tabs left 37% running low on funds.

Bucks were more likely to get caught out by an expensive bar tab (26%), while hens who took advantage of room service ran up high bills (36%).

“Flight disruptions definitely left a few hens and bucks in the lurch! I’ve seen group of bucks living it up in Vegas miss their flight home and the volcanic ash cloud in Bali ground groups of hens for days. Fortunately, on both occasions they were insured!” adds Leanne.

With wedding season kicking off, and more Aussies heading overseas for hens and bucks holidays, Craig Morrison, CEO of Southern Cross Travel Insurance says, “From the groom-to-be getting food poisoning to the maid of honour getting heat stroke, a destination hens or bucks isn’t all sunshine and good times, with travellers being stung with unexpected costs when things go wrong.”

Despite the potential mishaps, a quarter of Aussies (24%) who headed overseas for a hens or bucks night travelled without insurance, with 47% of those admitting they didn’t even consider it.

“With so much to plan, 15% of those surveyed forgot about travel insurance entirely. Despite the cost when things go wrong, shelling out on the trip meant 11% of Aussies didn’t purchase insurance because they couldn’t afford it.

“As overseas hens and bucks events become more and more popular, we encourage all travellers to make sure they’re covered should the unexpected happen during the celebrations,” adds Craig.

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