Growing Popularity of the “Destination Wedding”


by RJ, Ideal I Do’s

When most people hear the word “elope” they may think of the young couple sneaking out of their upstairs bedroom windows with knotted sheets in the middle of the night to get married quickly and without the approval of their parents. Today, that is far from the case. A new king of destination wedding has emerged. Enter the Destination Elopement. Maybe as a growing trend due to harsh realities or work calendars or the realization that the wedding should be about nothing but the two people involved.  But many couples, both first time and second wedding couples, are looking for  alternatives to the large, traditional wedding without giving up the unique touches that make the memories that last for a lifetime. Beach wedding planners like Ideal I Do’s are seeing more and more couples choosing a smaller, elopement type wedding often at a destination they like to visit such as the beach. Some beaches and destinations hold special memories for them. For this reason, Ideal I Do’s is offering “elopement packages” to provide the services they seek. Couples find that they can have a beautiful, classic wedding with all the trimmings at an affordable price by choosing a package that has already been planned out and ready to go. Arch, aisle music, video, photography and of course officiation are all available for our beach weddings.

An elopement wedding may be for the bride & groom only, but sometimes a very few close family members or friends attend. More recently, the distinction between an elopement and a destination wedding has become blurred. A destination wedding is a wedding that is held in a location people like to travel to for vacations – such as resorts, bed & breakfast inns or beaches. It is usually some distance away from the bride and groom’s residence. For this reason, the destination wedding tends to have a smaller guest list than a traditional wedding held in the bride or groom’s hometown. Since fewer people attend the destination wedding, couples often will have a large reception at a later date (and present a slide show of their wedding pictures at the reception.  What fun!

So, why are destination weddings and elopements on the rise? Economic issues aside, it’s just a fact of modern day life that, compared to a generation ago, today’s young men and women are likely to locate farther from the area they grew up in. This means they are more likely to meet a mate from a greater distance away. The ease of getting to the destination has also lifted, both in money and time.

With a destination wedding or elopement, the couple may stay a little longer and combine their wedding and honeymoon. In Florida, many couples take a honeymoon cruise after their wedding. In some cases, their closest friends and/or family members attending the wedding will also stay longer or join them. If they stay on the mainland, they may schedule in some recreational activities such as golf, tennis, boat tours, night clubs, everglades, deep sea fishing or sight-seeing.

One may think the destination wedding would be expensive and difficult to plan. But actually, destination weddings can be much less expensive than a large traditional wedding and easier to plan too. By having all the elements of the wedding already planned out with an elopement package, the couple knows the total price up front and can budget accordingly. The destination wedding or elopement package that includes lodging, wedding cake, photography and flowers saves the couple both time and money. The planning is made easy and stress free. This gives the couple the opportunity to spend their time enjoying each other’s company instead of stressing over every detail of the big wedding.


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