The Top 7 Destination Wedding Trends of 2023
Updated: Mar 11
The journey towards your Destination Wedding is nothing short of a thrilling adventure, filled with anticipation and joy.
As the world evolves, so do the aspirations, ideals, and values of couples seeking a unique and memorable celebration. In this blog post we'll dive into the top seven latest and greatest Destination Wedding trends of 2023.
1. Plan EXTRA EARLY
The world has changed and so have the rules of the game. Couples are no longer waiting until 12 months before their wedding to secure their resort venue and room block.
With increased demand and limited availability, couples are now looking at booking their dream wedding location 15 months in advance, to secure the dates and rates they desire.
So to ensure you get the venue, resort, and room inventory you want for your Destination Wedding, start your planning early. The earlier you can book, the better your chances of getting exactly what you want for your celebration.
2. Toes NOT in The Sand
Picture Perfect Weddings: In 2023, brides are seeking Instagram-worthy wedding destinations with stunning backdrops.
However, they are shying away from traditional beach weddings, opting instead for elevated experiences such as above-the-sand platforms, sky weddings, garden gazebos, and over-the-water gazebos.
These unique and breathtaking venues are becoming increasingly popular among destination wedding couples.
3. Intimate & Exclusive Celebrations
2023 is all about creating a private and exclusive experience for the couple and their wedding guests.
From private receptions with a dedicated mixologist creating signature cocktails, to custom-made events such as fire shows, beach parties, tequila or rum tastings, and even private tours and excursions, couples are seeking unique and personal experiences for their wedding party.
These exclusive events add an extra touch of intimacy to the celebration and create memories that will last a lifetime.
4. Over the Water Ceremonies
Couples are seeking breathtaking wedding backdrops without having their feet in the sand. The solution? Over the water ceremonies.
An increasing number of resorts are offering wedding venues built over the water, providing a stunning view and adding an extra dimension of beauty to the ceremony.
5. Embracing Cultural Traditions
Destination weddings are an opportunity to incorporate local and cultural traditions, creating an authentic experience for the couple and their guests.
Today's couples don't just want a "wedcation," they want to immerse themselves and their wedding party in the cultural heritage of the location they have chosen.
Whether it's through traditional customs, local cuisine, or cultural festivities, couples are embracing the cultural richness of their destination wedding to create an unforgettable celebration.
6. Embrace Local Flavors
In addition to incorporating cultural traditions, couples are also including local cuisine and cocktails in their wedding events.
By showcasing the unique flavors of the destination, couples are providing their guests with a true taste of the local culture.
For example, spicy jerked pork or chicken with rice and peas may be a must-have menu item for a wedding in Jamaica.
In 2023, couples are recognizing the value in consulting with a destination wedding specialist to help them plan their wedding.
With busy schedules of work, school, starting a family, and potentially moving, couples understand the importance of having a professional take the stress and frustration of planning a destination wedding off their plate.
By investing in expert assistance, couples can ensure that their destination wedding is planned to perfection and that they are getting the most value for their investment.
These 7 destination wedding trends are expected to continue gaining popularity in the coming years.
It's ultimately up to you to determine which trends align with your vision for your wedding, but we hope this list provides some inspiration.
If you're looking for some support with the planning process, take advantage of our free 30-minute consultation to help you bring your vision to life. Let us help make your destination wedding truly magical and trendy.
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