If only you had a fairy Godmother like Cinderella… life would be so simple. Picking the right wedding dress, creating your guest list, choosing the food caterers will serve, finding the perfect color scheme and deciding if a destination wedding is right for you could all be solved with the wave of a magic wand. Well, Vacation isn’t a magician, but we do have a list of trends this year that will help you plan a fabulous destination wedding.
Plan a Fun Adventure for the Everyone
Are you a couple who loves to explore? More and more brides and grooms are taking their love to new heights. Ski slopes, mountain tops and the water’s edge are becoming likely spots for unforgettable unions. Dramatic, natural settings are sure to be breathtaking. Couples are also booking fun group excursions, such as snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), boating on the Amalfi Coast (Italy), hiking in Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica). In addition to creating unforgettable memories, these unique experiences will foster new bonds among family and friends.
Add Traditional Dishes to the Menu
There’s really no better way to give your guests a taste of authentic cultural flavor than to have traditional dishes and food with locally sourced ingredients served at your wedding. The good thing is that if you’re having your wedding at a resort or hotel, the “wedding package” might include a catered meal. Follow the trend! Have a luau in Honolulu, serve moqueca on your menu in Rio de Janeiro, or try tandoori chicken and palak paneer in Mumbai. And even if you’re on a budget, you can never go wrong with delicious appetizers that allow your guests to sample the local cuisine.
Send Handcrafted Invitations That Symbolize This Unique Experience
Feeling creative? Follow the trend and create your wedding invitations by hand before you head to a standard printing company. Going to a destination wedding is a unique experience and you want your guests to know it! So, let your creative juices flow and let your invites give guests a feel for the destination and or the wedding décor they should expect when they arrive. You may not be an expert in hand calligraphy, but taking the extra time to tailor each invite will make your guests feel special.
Serve a Tasty Translucent Wedding Cake
Stacked doughnuts, mini cupcakes or multi-hued macarons are still popular alternatives to a wedding cake, but “naked cakes” are increasing in popularity. Why? It’s perfect for couples that aren’t huge fans of frosting, but still want a layered cake. For less formal celebrations, these cakes allow you to enjoy the taste and texture of the cake paired with simple toppings such in-season fruit or buttercream icing between layers only. The ease of creating a naked cake also makes it destination wedding friendly.
Create Floral Arrangements Using Native Flowers
Pick flowers that are in season and native to the area in which the wedding will take place. This will keep costs down and availability in flowers up. Plan ahead and add local flora in your wedding décor, bouquet, boutonnieres and table centerpieces to represent the local flora. Create a floral arrangement that includes bird of paradise, jasmine and hibiscus for a destination wedding in Hawaii. Planning a destination wedding in Ireland? Use native flowers on the Emerald Isle – such as lilies, amaryllis, chrysanthemums and wild flowers – as inspiration when deciding on the look for your bouquets.
Dazzle Them with a Splash of Color
Destination wedding or not… bright colors and bold pops of color are in! Although the neutral color palette is still a popular choice, the trend is to go with a colorful theme including playful fashion such as patterned ties. And now that Pantone named greenery the color of the year; don’t be afraid to add a splash of this color as an accent in your linens, floral arrangements and fashion to keep your destination wedding on point.