Destination Wedding Trend Report
Destination Weddings are more popular than ever thanks to a growing number of couples opting to tie the knot abroad. Gone are the days of the old fashioned local wedding, and here to stay is the sophisticated destination wedding filled with many of the bells and whistles one might expect at home. With so many places to choose from and so many decisions to make involving the wedding holiday, it can become a very overwhelming experience for any prospective bride and groom. To help put things into perspective, LUXE Destination Weddings offers tips on the most popular destinations and wedding trends for saying your “I Do’s”. Tara Soloway, co-founder at LUXE Destination Weddings, says,
“Our aim is to help make your destination wedding experience easier from start to finish. With our inhouse planners available to travel along with you to your wedding for “day-of” coordination (a unique service in the marketplace), we can help you step by step along the path to a perfect wedding day."
Location, location, location. Today, the most popular destinations wedding locations (in no particular order) are Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and Dominican Republic. Filled with spectacular beaches, gorgeous weather and a wide choice of resorts offering reasonable travel rates, when narrowing down your selection, consider one of these four spectacular destinations. As travel costs for guests are a huge determining factor in choosing a location, why not pick a fabulous location that offers good value.
Give a little something back to your guests. “OOT” (Out-of-town) bags have become a destination wedding standard. It’s considered good etiquette to provide your guests (who have traveled from far and wide to celebrate with you) a welcome basket. Whether it is a beach bag filled with sunscreen and a monogrammed towel, or a beach bucket and shovel for your younger guests, here are a few ideas to keep your guests feeling both welcome, and in the know about what is happening: An itinerary outlining all wedding-related activities; maps or tourist info for the local area; a CD and self-addressed mailer for guests to send the pictures that they took to you when they return home; personalized flip flops; local goodies like rum or tequila (depending on the destination), and lots more.
Immerse yourself in the local culture. All of Sunwing’s destinations are unique – so why not embrace the local culture! Incorporate some fabulous music, like a reggae band in Jamaica, or try some of the local cuisine – a Mexican feast for your wedding dinner! “Book some excursions with your group so that you can discover what your host country has to offer,” suggests Soloway. Remember that creating a bond with your wedding destination makes an unforgettable experience just that much richer.