According to recent statistics from travel agents Kuoni, more and more couples are choosing to marry abroad. It’s not hard to see why with the average cost of a destination wedding around £7,500, far less than the average cost of a UK wedding which is reported to be around £27,161. Factor in the warmer climate, exotic venues and a built in honeymoon and it may be no brainer.
The benefits of a destination wedding
As well as reducing costs significantly, planning a destination wedding can be a more relaxed option for your big day. The average size of a destination wedding is around 10-15 guests, meaning that you can focus on your other half and close family and friends.
An additional bonus is of course the warmer climate and exotic venues on offer for your wedding day. In 2018, Kuoni’s top wedding destinations included Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka and Italy to name a few. Depending on how far you are willing to travel you can make the most of the sunshine and spectacular backdrops all around the world, all year long.
When to book a destination wedding
The average destination wedding is booked around one year in advance to allow for arrangements for everything from venue to travel, flowers and catering. It is important to notify your guests well in advance so that those closest are guaranteed to attend your special day.
What to wear
Although your destination wedding may be a smaller affair, this does not mean you have to opt for a more conservative dress.
While it is important to consider your location, for example sandy beaches or rugged terrain don’t let this stop you from wearing the dress of your dreams. If you’re choosing a warmer climate then look for breathable fabrics that will work best in humid locations.
Destination wedding jewellery
Once you’ve chosen your perfect wedding ring, make sure to read our guide for caring for jewellery on holiday. You’ll want to make sure your rings are safe, secure and looking their best for the big day.