There have been so many changes this year not only in the travel industry, but also in the wedding industry. We’re thankful for the many creative options that will allow you to celebrate your love in the most exciting and special way!
The amount of couples choosing destination weddings over more traditional options has passed 25%. They continue to grow in popularity. We all know the benefits of destination weddings. The lower cost, less stress. More time with your guests, beautiful backdrop for your experience. Here are a few newer reasons to LOVE this option!
1. Destination Wedding Trends – Going Green
Earth-friendly weddings (or eco-weddings) are where it’s at! Couples are choosing to reduce their carbon footprint. Reusing flowers once the ceremony is done and selecting locally grown food are two easy options. They are hiring vendors near their destination who are committed to being planet-friendly.
Invitations are now digital or printed on seedless paper that can be planted after use. Wedding menus are being crafted using local, farm-to-table products with plenty of vegan options.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico offers a “Green Wedding” package that includes local flavor. Live Mayan drum music is offered during the ceremony. Couples participate in a private tree-planting ceremony and a traditional Mayan cleansing ritual.
Natural decor, such as local fruits and vegetables in floral arrangements, and driftwood structures are hot trends in 2020.
2. Destination Wedding Trends – All About the Experience
While the beach wedding is still popular, wedding planners and travel agents around the world have more requests for “experience-based” weddings. Couples want weddings that are unique to the destination.
Vail, Colorado has become a popular spot for active couples who aren’t looking to travel overseas. Winter offers snow-capped mountains and perfect skiing conditions, but summer is prime wedding season in Vail. Guests can go white-water rafting on the Eagle and Colorado Rivers, horseback riding, hiking through fields of wildflowers, or mountain biking. Vail offers a mountaintop wedding deck with 360 degree views that is accessible only by gondola.
These experiences allow your guests to be participants in your wedding – not just spectators! This makes the trip more enjoyable for everyone!
3. Destination Wedding Trends – Exotic Destinations, Smaller Guest Lists
Hawaii and the Caribbean have always been hotspots for destination weddings. Couples are now looking for more distant, exotic locations. Southern Asia, Croatia, and Italy are some of the newest bucket list spots. The increased cost of these trips is also resulting in some tough edits to guest lists. Smaller weddings are another 2020 trend.
Croatia offers natural beauty and an exotic coastline sprinkled with islands straight out of a storybook. Visit ancient buildings and historical sites.The Plitvice Lakes are one of the most famous places in Croatia. The Plitvice National Park allows you to get married within the park, offering the backdrop of beautiful lakes and waterfalls.
Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia offer the ever-popular beachfront weddings with a slightly more exotic feel than the traditional Carribean destinations.
When choosing these distant locations it’s more important than ever to choose an excellent wedding planner. Professional travel agents and planners have access to vendors and other agencies at your destination to handle deliveries, lodging, and other details.
4. Destination Wedding Trends – Pre-Wedding Trips
Finally, more and more couples are choosing to check out their wedding destinations first-hand BEFORE the big day. Many venues are offering wedding preview trips to check out the rooms, ceremony site, and perks before committing to a site.
We love this idea because it’s practical and kind of a bonus vacation – a pre-honeymoon!
If you’re planning a destination for wedding in 2020 or beyond, reach out to our experts at CARE Travel. We know all the ins and outs. We’ve got tips and tricks! We have relationships with vendors all over the world. Let us help you make your destination wedding the trip of a lifetime!