Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Destination Wedding Locations and Venues

A marriage proposal is the first big step a couple makes when deciding to united as one.   The next big step-selecting a wedding date and venue!  For many couples, the wedding venue is one of the most important parts of the wedding.  It is where you will have the first dance, have dinner, listen to speeches and celebrate your marriage with those you love so much.  Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular as couples long for something different than the more traditional church wedding and reception hall. 

Based on a recent market study done by the Xogroup (Formerly The Knot), the following data reflects the rise in destination weddings:
  • There are over 350,000 destination weddings a year, which is 24% of weddings held.
  • The average destination wedding includes 86 guests
  • Of all destination weddings, 70% take place in the United States
  • The top 5 destination locations in the continental US are Florida, California, Nevada,  North Carolina and South Carolina
  • The Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii are the most popular destinations outside of the continental US.
What does this mean for the couple to be?  Well, if you would like to plan a destination wedding you have a lot of options-beyond the most popular destinations! has over 1,000 properties that allow destination weddings to take place at their property, and many more property owners will allow weddings if you ask!  Simply search for a property and inquire if they would accommodate your wedding/event.  Often times, it is far less expensive to hold your wedding and/or reception at a vacation rental property than at a hotel.   You also have more flexibility with the food and beverage that you cater (or make yourself), as well as more privacy!  

To assist you with your destination wedding planning, we have created some tips for planning a destination wedding.  This helpful information covers things like, headcount, when to select a date, weather, legal marriage ceremonies, and logistics on how to plan your destination wedding.

Now, here are a few wonderful locations for your destination wedding-be sure to book right away if you have your heart set on a specific date!

Marathon, Florida -Florida Keys

This beach front private home is perfect for your destination wedding!  Picture your perfect wedding day at this beautiful location.  It has a large, private beach where you can hold your ceremony and reception, 5 bedrooms to accommodate up to 12 people, a fire pit for a beautiful beach fire at sunset, kayaks and more!  

Big Sky, Montana

This home is nothing short of beautiful, with beautiful mountain views!  If you have dreamed of getting married in the mountains this home may be the place for your destination wedding!

This private ski in and ski out luxury mountain home has 3 bedrooms(plus a loft) and 5 bathrooms and sleeps up to 10 people.  There is a large wrap around deck with incredible views of the mountains as well as a large space to hold your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception!  This may be one of the most beautiful views for a destination wedding!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Looking for a destination wedding in Mexico?  It is a very popular place!  This home is absolutely gorgeous and is luxury at its finest!  With over 4,000 square feet, this private villa in a gated community has ocean views, 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, pool and large outdoor space!  There is an outdoor bar ready for your wedding celebration! This truly is a beautiful slice of paradise for your destination wedding.

Destination weddings are a wonderful way to gather your loved ones to celebrate your marriage, and have a little fun too!  These are just a few of the endless possibilities for you destination wedding.  Check out more venues on our website and let us know if you need any help!  We just might be able to find the Perfect Place for your wedding!