8 hot destination wedding trends


Destination weddings are growing in popularity and they're fun and exciting; Not just for the bride and groom, but also for the guests who are presented with locations, cultures, and experiences, which they may otherwise never have tried.

Here are 8 destination wedding trends which are all helping to set the scene and make the wedding day memorable for years to come.

Taking over resorts

The latest trend is for bridal couples to reserve totally private and secluded areas for their reception. We're talking places which can only be reached by boat for example. Other trends are to take over the whole resort so that the wedding party and guests have complete and exclusive access to everything, whether that's a complete tiny resort or a large villa complex which can accommodate everyone. Speak to one of the Wedding Destinations coordinators for recommendations on a private resort or island for your wedding.

Skipping cake

Many destination brides skip the cake altogether in favour of a dessert which is a local favourite. Try and seek out a pastry chef who can create something show stopping that is also true to the region. Wedding Destinations will be able to get in contact with one of their suppliers in your chosen destination to arrange a local dessert for you and your guests.

Hiring local musicians

We have noticed that more couples are choosing live musicians for their ceremonies. Local sounds like a mariachi band, string quartet, or a steel band performing as the guests arrive to the service, not only sets the tone but portrays a story for the evening too.

Group adventures

Lots of couples enjoy planning group activities which they can do with their guests. Things like surfing or a cookery lesson, are great fun and help everyone bond together. Or you can rent bikes all together or go off on a wine tasting excursion. We are also able to arrange hen's and buck's activities for the group in your wedding destination. The possibilities are endless!

Trashing the dress

More brides are buying two dresses; one more costly for their wedding day and a cheaper alternative which they change into and wear whilst jumping into rivers, splashing in mud, paint balling and other activities which create some pretty stunning photo shots for their wedding album.

Using fabric

Fabric is also being used more for backdrops and for creating cabana areas. Soft drapes can really give a venue the wow factor at a relatively low cost.

Unique settings

Couples are also opting for other settings than the beach and choosing more unusual places such as haciendas and even Mexican cenotes. The ceremony and reception set ups can be as extravagant as you wish. Wedding Destinations can get in contact with decoration companies to decorate your ceremony and/or reception to suit the style you are after.

Food stations

When it comes to serving the reception food, it's now becoming popular to set up food stations which reflect the area. For example, large tables brimming with Asian buffet food for guests to try a little of everything, or tapas style dishes which again let the guests enjoy a variety of local delicacies in a very informal setting.

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