I have a prediction: in the not too distant future you will be invited to a destination wedding at Divi Resorts. I have it on good authority. Today, nearly one in four weddings (24%) is now a destination wedding. A favorite locale? The Caribbean, of course. Who can argue with the décor – white sand met by turquoise water toped by brilliant blue sky? And, balmy weather just makes stress melt away. (You’ve had it happen.) And another feel good is the hospitality of the region. The people of the Caribbean just love hosting weddings.
The reasons for the rising popularity of a destination wedding are as plentiful as the items on a wedding registry. A destination wedding offers adventure, it’s just more fun, and the couple can incorporate the honeymoon – or mini-moon, as the trend now is – into the wedding trip. What is a minimoon? That is a brief vacation immediately following the ceremony with the extended, just-the-two-of-us vacation coming later.
“The idea of having a destination wedding is growing among our brides, and it goes hand in hand with the fact that most people no longer live where they grew up,” said Carley Roney, co-founder of XO Group Inc., whose brands include The Knot and Wedding Channel.
XO Group figures show that 66% of international destination wedding brides cite wanting a “special, fun, or exotic locale,” as a main factor for choosing to go abroad. Other reasons include a desire to host fewer guests in a more intimate occasion and to celebrate at a location special to the couple. And, we have a hunch it’s also because there are expert wedding planners at the ready in places like Aruba just waiting to take care of all the details.
You can also add deals and discounts to the reasons to do a destination wedding in the Caribbean. Divi Resorts’ launched a very enticing deal for wedding couples. The special treatment includes free accommodations for the betrothed, an amenity-laden vacation for them and their wedding party and a free seven-night anniversary stay. Plus massages, champagne and flowers, too. The special promotion gives the happy couple the option to try a different Divi resort for their anniversary.
Spread the word and you soon could be on some couple’s guest list for their destination wedding at Divi Resorts. We hope so.