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Report Breaks Down Destination Wedding Trends for 2016

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | July 21, 2016

Report Breaks Down Destination Wedding Trends for 2016

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Destination Weddings Travel Group has released its annual trend report for 2016, breaking down the latest data and forecasting trends for the current year.

The report points out that in 2016 couples are seeking ways to incorporate unique elements into their weddings and tie the knot in new-to-them settings.

Other notable findings include a preference for intimate celebrations with the average destination wedding featuring just 28 attendees. On average, those guests will stay four days, with couples staying for seven days, the report shows.

What's more, those planning a destination wedding continue to take their time, spending an average of 11.6 months preparing for the event.

Plenty of younger travelers will participate in destination weddings in 2016 as well, with 88 percent of weddings including children in the guest count.

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Other trends the report highlights include the shift to rustic glam, locally sourced foods and florals and unique methods of integrating technology, whether it be a Snapchat filter or 3D printing.

When it comes to cost the good news for couples planning a destination wedding is that the average price remains under $10,000 and has for a decade. Meanwhile, the average cost of an at-home wedding has climbed by more than $5,500 over the past five years. 

"When couples take their wedding on the road, they can uncover savings throughout many points in the planning process," Destination Weddings Travel Group President and CEO Richard Calvert said in a statement. "Even those who aren’t necessarily seeking to trim expenses will find that they have extra room in their budget for upgrades and add-ons to enhance their experience."

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Breaking down the cost, Destination Weddings Travel Group found that the average cost of accommodations comes in at $2,048, while the average cost of flights totals $1,127. The average cost of a wedding package is in between at $1,635.

When it's time to pick a destination, tropical locales reign supreme. Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Costa Rica remain the most popular hot spots to wed, the report found.

Nonetheless places like Iceland, Canada and Italy are beginning to emerge as popular destinations for couples looking to mix it up.


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