Getting Hitched? International Destination Weddings on the Rise

Aug 17, 2012, 04:39 ET from Holiday Hypermarket

LONDON, August 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

-Bridal couples are on the look-out for sunnier (and cheaper) wedding venues, say Holiday Hypermarket-

Holiday Hypermarket reports that the number of bridal couples heading to sunnier shores is on the rise due to the increasing cost of weddings in the UK combined with the availability of destination weddings in exotic locales.

Wedding prices are soaring in the UK, having increased to over £18,500, according to the Daily Mail.

The high price tag is driving lovebirds abroad to cheaper wedding destinations including Italy, Las Vegas, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Islands like Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua, in particular, have the kind of panoramic beaches and Caribbean sunshine that prospective brides and grooms prefer.

Despite their far-flung locations, international destination weddings are likely to span several days, lasting longer than home-bound weddings. According to The Knot Market Intelligence Destination Weddings Study, which is a "definitive" report on the industry, nearly half of all destination weddings last four or more days.

In addition, 86 per cent of couples still plan to take a honeymoon afterwards, and the majority hope to cut costs by enjoying their first holiday together in their wedding locale.

Calum Macdonald, E-Commerce Manager at Holiday Hypermarket, comments: "There are so many destinations that have idyllic settings, but which are also affordable locations to plan a wedding. Barbados and Antigua are just two beauty spots that are worth investigating this year."

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