Planning a wedding is all about ensuring your guests have an incredible experience. So, why not give them the ultimate reason to celebrate with a destination wedding? We break down some of the top 2021 travel trends for those looking to marry abroad.
This year, we see the growing intent to create a wedding experience. One glance at social media shows couples wanting to create buzz-worthy celebrations filled with unique experiences to be captured with beautiful images. The once-popular rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception model is now making way for an immersive affair and many are choosing a destination to host the bevy of activities that have defined the nuptial weekend.
Destination weddings, both local and abroad, will continue to become even more popular as couples choose to cull their guest list. With smaller numbers, a wedding weekend at a local resort becomes a great option with numerous activities that friends and family can enjoy in the days surrounding your ceremony. The same is true for weddings abroad. Whether in an Irish castle or on a sandy beach, these micro weddings can be especially meaningful and fun.
There is almost no limit on destinations, types of experiences, and ways to travel from cultural tourism to culinary excursions, but the one common thread is travelers are seeking new and authentic trips. Let’s face it, of all the wedding details, the honeymoon is probably the most exciting part to plan. Where is the best place to celebrate your marriage and wind-down after all the activities leading up to the big day? Right now, almost everyone is talking about cultural tourism and adventure travel, so why not incorporate this trend into your honeymoon plans with a romantic trip to Venice, Italy, which can serve up both.
One thing is certain, destination weddings don’t just mean a tropical location that a select number of friends and family will jet off to. Now, destination weddings encompass a range of options, from romantic backdrops in Ireland or Italy to local destinations on the North Shore (our other coast) and quaint country inns that can host an entire weekend of activities.
Both types of destination weddings bring with them the expectation of planned events along with time to enjoy the unique opportunities in the area. And, while the foreign destination wedding was once used to reduce the guest count, couples are increasingly surprised by the number of family and friends that are choosing to attend their weddings abroad.
There can be fantastic perks to a destination wedding including some great packages and added bonuses for the couple based on the number of rooms booked with the property, but don’t be fooled thinking you’ll get the best pricing or the best location just by shopping online. Working with a travel agent will provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions and get the best pricing. Most have traveled and stayed in the top destinations, so they can give you a first-hand account of each of the options.
Both local and travel destinations are amping up their offerings to create something special. This is great particularly for the adventurous couple and gives them a chance to seize an experience with much of the planning taken care of.
See all of these ideas and more in our 2021 Wedding Trends Look Book curated specially to spot the latest trends in weddings.