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Hot Destination Wedding Trends

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USING FABRIC “For many of our destination weddings, we’ve been using fabric to create cabana areas or just to give huge open spaces definition. It’s easier to ship than flowers and a lot more cost-effective. We’re also seeing a trend in themed rehearsal dinners — we had a big clambake in Nantucket and a fiesta in Mexico. When scouting your location, ask the locals about their favorite places to eat — they always know best!” — Marcy Blum, Marcy Blum Associates

BUYING OUT RESORTS “For reception venues, the latest trend is to reserve private, secluded areas, such as De Palm Island, Aruba, reachable only by boat. Also hot are resort takeovers, where the wedding party and guests have exclusive access to everything — be it a private villa suitable for multiple couples or an entire small resort. Makes for a very memorable and unique reception!” — Quentin “Bud” Carmichael, destinationweddings.com

HIRING LOCAL MUSICIANS “One trend I’m noticing is that couples are choosing live music for their ceremonies. I love to hire local sounds like steel drums, a mariachi band or a string ensemble to perform as guests arrive for the service. I really like this concept; it immediately sets the tone and tells the story for the evening, right from the first moment guests enter.” — David Tutera, David Tutera Weddings

SKIPPING THE CAKE “Many destination brides are less traditional, so they may skip cake altogether, instead choosing to feature local desserts, like croquembouche in France. I like to find a pastry chef who’s familiar with the local culture, to offer the couple and guests the most authentic flavors for their sweets.” — Beth Helmstetter, Beth Helmstetter Events
TRASHING THE DRESS** “More and more brides are buying two gowns — an expensive one for the wedding day and a disposable one they change into and wear while jumping into the ocean with the groom for photographs. We’ve also seen a trend of couples arriving by boat. One bride arrived via boat with her wedding swimsuit on, then made a quick change into her gown.” — JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions

PLANNING GROUP ADVENTURES “I see a lot of couples wanting to do adventure activities with their guests. Surfing is great for group bonding. Pay for the first hour for everyone, and then they’ll be sure to go! Or you can rent bikes and do a wine-tasting tour, take a canoe trip down a river or plan a snorkel trip. For an upcoming wedding in Italy, we’re doing a limoncello tasting, then a class at a local cooking school. The bride is even putting a language-translator guide in the welcome bags.” — Alison Hotchkiss, Alison Events

CHOOSING UNIQUE SETTINGS “Couples are moving away from beach weddings and instead drawing from natural surroundings and local culture for unique location ideas. In Mexico, I’ve seen couples marry in cenotes and haciendas. Guests are also taking a more interactive role in the ceremony.” — Tara Soloway, Luxe Destination Weddings

SETTING UP FOOD STATIONS “When it comes to receptions, a big trend is station dinners that reflect the area. For example, in the Napa Valley, we’ve done stations that include beef tenderloin with a cabernet reduction, basil and fresh-mozzarella pizza, grilled seasonal vegetables, red-pepper ravioli and focaccia bread. Other couples want tapas-style tasting entrees for guests to share.” — Sasha Souza, Sasha Souza Events