Destination Wedding Trends
The hottest ideas, settings and news in destination nuptials, from cruise weddings and exotic locales to three-day affairs.
Unique Say-Yes Spots
If you want to get married (or honeymoon) in an outside-the-box location that your guests haven’t seen before, here are some fresh ideas: What could be more romantic than a tree-top honeymoon “suite”— available at some African safari lodges? Or why not exchange vows along the rim of the Grand Canyon and be rewarded with an unbeatable backdrop—especially at sunset? Or how about grabbing your scuba gear and heading to a fabulous Hawaiian resort where you can say “I do” underwater with manta rays as your witnesses?!
“It’s over before you know it.” How many times have you heard that bridal bit? The solution? Prolong the party. Take a cue from the hottest trend in weddings: three-day weekend celebrations. Especially when your location is foreign, creative hospitality will make the wedding feel like a vacation with all your family and friends. Keep the festivities rolling (and yourself relatively stress-free) with a welcome party when everyone arrives, a rehearsal dinner and a farewell brunch, sending everyone to the airport with a full stomach and good vibes.
From Katy Perry’s Indian wedding and Eat, Pray, Love to Nicole Richie’s elephant as a wedding greeter, India is definitely the “it” country for far-flung weddings. Play up your surroundings with jewel tones, beading and rich drapery, and local fare.
Couples are heading west to say “I do” for scenic backdrops, acres of “tentable” party space and a range of activities that your guests will be psyched to travel for (think: fly-fishing, skiing and horseback riding). Of course, it doesn’t hurt that A-list brides like Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Bush chose the Western US for their nuptials.
Cruise “I dos”
Cruises are back—and not just for honeymoons. More couples are cruising down the aisle on a grand liner or a more intimate ship. Special suite accommodations and new ports to explore each day are just some of the perks of a wedding on the seas.
Brides, make a grand entrance not once, but twice. Take a cue from some Asian and Indian brides who wear one gown for their traditional ceremony and another for their Western ceremony, and incorporate an outfit change into your own celebration. Wear one dress as you walk down the aisle and then switch into something more svelte and party-friendly (and maybe not even white) after your first dance.
Are white slopes, rather than white sand, more your thing? Celebrity couples like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are planning wintertime nuptials—and with good reason: Snow-covered peaks provide an equally eye-catching alternative for a destination wedding. From New England to Colorado’s Rockies, the US is home to gorgeous mountain towns with the ideal mix of stunning views, rustic appeal and luxurious amenities for your wedding.