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Trending And New In Destination Weddings


With the allure of faraway places and the romance of couples’ travel, it should come as no surprise that destination weddings are a popular choice for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With nearly 20% of couples packing their bags to say ‘I do,’ there also a marked increase in celebration travel such as honeymoons and vow renewals.

Here’s a rundown of what’s trending and new in destination weddings:

The average destination wedding couple.

We have seen that the average wedding couple choosing a destination wedding is between the ages of 25 and 34. The majority of these destination wedding couples are coming from Texas, New York, California, New Jersey and Ontario. A majority of our wedding couples get engaged in December (happy holidays, indeed!) and begin working with us about four months after saying ‘yes.’

The average destination wedding planning timeline is approximately 16 months, from the engagement to the day it’s time to jet off. Most of the wedding couples we work say that they chose a destination wedding in order to host an extra unique wedding experience.

Crunching the numbers.

Most destination wedding couples are surprised to learn that the destination wedding costs actually come in well under the typical cost of a domestic wedding. According to The Knot, at-home nuptials run at an average of $35,000 whereas the usual cost of our couples shell out on their weddings falls under $10,000 with airfare and accommodations included. Talk about a steal!

Photo Credit: Photos In Cancun

Who is attending?

For 2017, our destination weddings saw an average of 40 guests per event which a far cry from the larger, more elaborate weddings that take place close to home. This is a strong destination weddings selling point for those who want to limit their guest list for budgetary reasons or for those wedding couples who simply just want to be with their closest loved ones.

92% of our weddings have children attendance, which is up from 88% last year, giving parents the perfect excuse for a family vacation.

The latest destination wedding trends

Personalization is a major aspect of destination weddings. Wedding couples want their big day to look and feel like them. Cakes and desserts are becoming a favorite outlet for custom details.

In terms of bridal attire, we are seeing a lot of capped sleeve wedding dresses and sheer shoulders paired with statement headpieces (think flower crowns, headbands and hairpins) for an elegant style that will never go out of fashion.

There you have it! Today’s destination weddings in a nutshell.

Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com

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