5 Popular Destination Wedding Trends in 2017
Destination weddings are becoming one of the hottest ways to tie the knot.
These types of events include all of the joy of a wedding, as well as the excitement of traveling somewhere new and celebrating in a gorgeous destination. Mexico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal and France are popular destinations – but there has also been a rise in unconventional wedding destinations including Canada, Italy and Iceland.
No matter where you are planning your destination wedding, there are a few trends this year that have been increasingly popular. Here are a few of the best destination wedding trends for 2017:
1. Exciting Excursions
Many couples have been making their destination weddings more exciting by coordinating special excursions for their guests. This can be a fantastic way to enjoy the wedding destination. It’s also a great bonding experience for the wedding party. Plus, it will be a chance to get some unforgettable photos.
If you are getting married in a resort in Mexico, you could charter a boat and go snorkeling with your guests. You could plan a hiking trip in the mountains of Italy, or a wine tasting tour in Argentina. You could even hire a private historic tour guide to give an insightful tour into a local wonder – such as the ancient ruins of Rome or Stonehenge in England.
No matter where you plan your destination wedding, there will be a thrilling experience to enjoy there. Whether it’s a wildlife safari, white water rafting, skiing or any other exciting activity – you can coordinate with a local tour company to arrange a private tour for you and your wedding guests.
Try using a wedding or event planner to help you incorporate some fun and affordable activities into your wedding. More than anyone, they understand that your guests have come a long way to attend the ceremony. They will work hard to make sure that your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2. Increasing Use of Technology
Couples planning their destination weddings are using technology more and more as a way of enhancing the celebrations. As technology continues to evolve quickly, this is a trend that shows very little signs of slowing down.
Many couples are already using websites to share information about their destination weddings with their guests around the world. Some are now even incorporating features such as the ability to book hotel rooms online. Also, couples are increasingly using smartphone apps to plan their wedding festivities and keep everything organized.
Skype, FaceTime and Facebook Live are used to broadcast important parts of their wedding, so that guests who can’t make it to the celebration can still take part. Some resorts that host destination weddings build live streaming services into the wedding packages that they offer.
Wedding photography is also becoming more exciting thanks to technology. Couples are putting GoPro cameras in their bridal bouquet to capture hidden moments, or using drone cameras to capture aerial footage of the ceremony. There are also photo-booths you can use at your ceremony that will upload photos directly to Instagram with hashtags.
3. A Focus on What’s Local
Another common trend for destination weddings in 2017 is a focus on the unique local culture of the region where the wedding is set. Couples planning a wedding in an exotic locale want to celebrate the culture and use it to enhance their festivities. One of the most exciting ways to do this is to bring in local music and entertainment for the reception.
Couples also serve locally sourced food made from traditional recipes, and use visual elements of the local culture in their decor. This not only makes the wedding celebration more special but also gives guests the chance to learn about a culture different from their own. Sourcing local ingredients is also more environmentally-friendly, saving on the costs of food storage and transportation.
4. Lush Greenery
“Greenery” is the Pantone color of the year for 2017, so it comes as no surprise that it is prominently featured in the design of many destination weddings.
It usually comes in the form of foliage, palm fronds and big dramatic leafy centrepieces and is perfect for a destination wedding in a tropical setting.
Here are a few ideas for incorporating greenery into your destination wedding’s decor:
- Glass jars and bottles as centrepieces with artistically arranged leaves or branches
- Bouquets heavy with greenery, including dramatically shaped leaves and ferns
- Hanging baskets with long tendrils of leaves
- Leaves used as placecards, with names written on them in silver or gold ink
- Vines climbing around a trellis or gazebo
- Small trees decorated with sparkling fairy lights
- A color palette of cool neutrals with pops of lush green that look elegant and sophisticated
- Oversized potted trees in the ballroom for the feeling of dancing in the forest
5. Making an Elaborate Entrance
First impressions are everything, and one of the most exciting trends this year for destination weddings is making a grand entrance to the ceremony. Why simply walk into your wedding, when you can enter in a unique and exciting way and make your guests gasp with surprise?
Of course, this is also a great way to embrace the local culture of the destination where you are holding the wedding. For example, in Thailand you could ride into the ceremony on an elephant, or in Norway you could arrive via dog sled. If you are tying the knot in a rustic barnyard setting, you can use a horse-drawn hayride to transport guests to and from the reception. It will be a moment that your wedding guests will never forget.
These are just 5 of the most popular destination wedding trends for 2017. Do any of them inspire you? Let us know in the comments below.
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