From a volcanic backdrop or a majestic waterfall in Iceland to the iconic Colosseum in Rome, many newlyweds-to-be are looking for unique settings for their destination weddings, reports Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.
While tropical destinations will always be a popular choice, Megan Velez, vice-president, Product at Destination Weddings Travel Group, says the company has seen couples venturing more off the beaten path for their celebrations.
In particular, she says Iceland and Italy are emerging as popular locales for couples looking for something unique – whereas Americans are even looking at tying the knot in Canada.
“Likewise, all-inclusive resorts are on the rise, offering a wealth of options and activities for guests and their families,” she says.
“We’re also seeing growth in the LGBTQ market, as same-sex couples take their weddings to openly accepting countries such as South Africa, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand.”
Meanwhile Jamie Chang, destination wedding planner with Mango Muse Events and founder of Passport to Joy, says travel trends tend to mimic what’s up and coming in destination weddings.
“New cool places are Iceland, Croatia and Scotland for their culture and natural beauty,” she says.
“Tropical locales are always popular, but reaching more private, more untouched islands or areas like Guana in the BVI makes it more special.”
So, where else is hot this year? Travel Courier asked destination wedding and event planning experts to weigh in with their top picks and you’ll find their responses in a special Destination Weddings feature in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.
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