The rising popularity of destination weddings is drawing couples away from traditional wedding planning. Innovative ideas are opening doors for brides & grooms to find extra opportunities for their guests and fully personalize the wedding experience.
1. Intimate Experiences: According to the 2017 Destination Weddings Report, couples changing their approach and wanting to incorporate more creative ideas is contributing to a steady increase in international nuptials.
Destination weddings bring in smaller guest lists allowing for quality and individual attention for guests and less family drama. Many couples add a day of activities before the wedding allowing the guests to take advantage of their travel experience. For example, if planning a wedding in Toronto, the couple can take their guests to see the sights in Niagara Falls or drive out to the wineries and do a wine pairing. In Kenya, they can enjoy a catamaran cruise, or a snorkeling experience.
Even wedding favors are getting an intimate touch. Brides and grooms are adding local flair such as local coffee and gifts to the wedding goodie bags.
2. Unconventional Ceremonies “Couples are looking for the unconventional approach, mixing local customs with their own and providing an experience unique to any ceremony they have attended before,” said Jenny Chang, founder of ROCKNEVENTS.
“They are ditching traditional churches and are opting for medieval Irish castles on cliffs overlooking the open ocean or lavender fields in the French countryside. From small chapels in Rome to the most reputable vineyards in Tuscany, the opportunities are endless for breathtaking views, romantic settings, and irresistible cuisines.”
3. Locations: Whether you prefer a garden on the Amalfi coast or the rolling hills of Scotland, Europe is an unapologetically luxurious place for a destination wedding and this trend is here to stay. However, we are seeing many brides & grooms opt for places like Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, and Anguilla.
A majority of couples seeking destination weddings aim for a modern sandy, seaside experience. These places are attractive because they do not require hours of travel across the world, but instead a short journey to the coast of Kenya might just be perfect.
“Weddings in the tropics can almost guarantee chill spas, white-sand beaches, turquoise seas and island resorts. You can choose to fully immerse yourself in local culture in places like Jamaica, St. Thomas or St. Maarten, or escape to a secluded retreat in the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Turks & Caicos and Costa Rica,” said Chang.
Some couples find themselves veering to the great white north to check out the Northern Lights, incredible mountain views, and a mix of indoors and outdoors. Whether you prefer a lakeside lodge or even the historical Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, unique nuptial ceremonies are the talk now.