After the bride and groom say "I do," the best man is shacking up with a bridesmaid.
The mixture of vulnerability, booze and cute bridesmaids that manifests at weddings can be a deadly concoction for relationships.
A new survey of over 2,000 men and women conducted by extra-marital dating site IllicitEncounters.com revealed that men are most likely to cheat at weddings—a drunken fling with a bridesmaid being the most common scenario. One-third of men admitted to having been unfaithful at a wedding when their partner wasn't in attendance.
Of course, weddings aren't the sole venue for infidelity. While 32 percent have been unfaithful at a friend's marriage celebration, 27 percent admitted to straying on a "stag night," or bachelor party. The office Christmas party (21 percent) and a school reunion (9 percent) were also listed as places men have cheated.
Women, unfortunately, are non-the-wiser when it comes to wedding cheating. When asked where their partner was most likely to stray, 37 percent said the office Christmas party, 35 percent said a "stag night," 17 percent said a school reunion and 11 percent said wedding.
What is it about a wedding that makes men so likely to steer off-course? A representative from Illicit Encounters suggested that weddings and receptions present a lethal mix of elements that provide the ultimate opportunity for a one-night stand: alcohol, dancing, well-dressed attendees and access to hotel rooms. There's also the old stereotype of a wedding being a "depressing" event for those who haven't yet taken a trip down the altar; that's where the vulnerability aspect kicks in.
Of course, although the survey is telling, we can't be too quick to lock up our boyfriends and husbands each time a wedding invite comes in. Keep in mind that this survey was conducted by a site that bills itself as "The Married Dating Site." Enough said!
Do you know people who've cheated at weddings? In your experience, are weddings popular settings for illicit affairs?
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