The number of couples opting for destination weddings for some years now has been on a steady rise. Perhaps its because couples have come to the realization that getting away can actually save you a lot more money than staying put, not to mention there’s that immediate start to your honeymoon. Take a look at a few facts found in the Bridal Trend Repots.
In June 2004, the Conde Nast Bridal Group reported, nearly one in every 10 weddings was a destination wedding-making such a non- traditional nuptial venue the fastest-growing segment of the bridal industry, according to the New York Times in a subsequent article that same month. In 2005 Conde Nast Bridal Group reported that the number rose to 16% of weddings, pushing the number of away-from-home weddings closer to two in ten.
Some of the stellar destination weddings in 2005 were the nuptials of Donald Trump–the New York real-estate mogul-turned-TV star—to Slovenian model Melania Knauss in Palm Beach, Florida; New York Mets star Mike Piazza and stunning Alicia Rictar in Florida’s Fisher Island; superstar Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney in the Virgin Islands; Jennifer Garner and Hollywood hunk Ben Affleck at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California. In keeping with this huge and ever-growing trend, Lisa Light, the foremost authority on destination weddings, published her long-awaited and first book of its kind in 2006, Destination Bride: A Complete Guide to Planning Your Wedding Anywhere in the World (North Light Books; January 2006). Now, for the first time, couples have a comprehensive resource for planning their wedding in a memorable location away from home.
Want more tips on how to save for that special day + get-a-away? Try this!
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Contact chosen resorts or the tourism board of the country of your choice and ask them if they have any packages for couples interested in a destination wedding or honeymoon. You’d be surprised what you can save when you just ask! Not to mention hotels are always happy to offer discounts and specials for large groups if you plan on accommodating guests and/or your wedding party.