If you often wonder, “what is a destination wedding?” then we have the answer for you, and yes, it is not restricted to a tropical beach side wedding or a small rural church. According to The Knot’s ninth annual Real Weddings Survey, which surveyed more than 27,500 newly married couples in 2021, destination weddings are now more common than they have ever been in the past. Not surprisingly, the most popular destinations are destinations where both the bride and groom can easily see each other: Hawaii, Italy, Las Vegas, and even Africa!
Getting married in a popular destination location is definitely a popular option. But whether you choose a popular destination wedding location or a popular destination wedding venue, there are still some details you should consider before you book. Destination weddings are by definition very private and intimate affairs, so they require careful attention to detail from the very start of your plans. Whether you are going to have your wedding at the beach, in a field, or in your own backyard, here are some of the things you should keep in mind for planning that perfect destination wedding:
First, couples should think carefully about the type of attire they would like to wear to their destination weddings. While destination weddings allow brides and grooms to be just themselves, this also means that casual attire may not be appropriate. In the past, many brides would opt for a simple black dress or even a basic white dress to have a more on-the-go feel when getting married. However, with more destination weddings being planned today, couples are finding that less is really more, especially when it comes to their wedding gowns and tuxedos. Today, many brides opt for simple elegant dresses or even strapless suits for their destination weddings.
Another consideration for couples who are getting married in exotic locations is how they would like their ceremony to go. Today, many couples are opting for a more traditional wedding ceremony, complete with a traditional wedding band, and an open marriage ceremony (with or without a reception afterwards). Other couples are choosing to make their ceremony more unique by getting married in a foreign country or in a location with an unusual culture. Whether couples want to get married according to a certain theme or they are interested in having an experience like marrying at the Exotic Orchid Gardens in Thailand or at the Grand Canyon monasteries, the decision is largely up to them. If the ceremony is more traditional, couples should also plan on hiring a wedding planner who will help them create the wedding of their dreams.
The big question now is how to plan a destination wedding. There are a few things couples should do to ensure the perfect big day. First, they should decide on their date and venue early in the process, so that they have plenty of time to research and find the most ideal spots for their big day. Most importantly, couples should make sure they get as much in as possible out of the country or region where they will be marrying, especially during this time of year when the travel industry is traditionally slow. A little extra planning now can save a lot of headaches and money later.
When it comes to finding the perfect locations for weddings, the sky is the limit. While many first-time brides and grooms opt for a destination wedding, there are some destinations that are perfect no matter what the occasion might be. California is one of the most popular locations for weddings because it offers everything from beautiful beaches and water sports to museums and wine tasting. Florida is another popular destination, especially for couples looking to get married in a warm tropical climate. Couples in the Caribbean can also rest assured that they will have an equally tropical wedding thanks to the many resorts that offer tropical weddings with a touch of romance.