The number of couples heading to sunnier shores to get married is on the rise due to the increasing cost of weddings in the UK, combined with the availability of destination weddings in exotic locations according to findings by Holiday Hypermarket.
The cost of a wedding here in the UK has now increased to over £18,500 according to the Daily Mail and the high price tag is driving couples abroad to cheaper destinations.
Popular wedding destinations abroad that provide good value are Italy, Las Vegas, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Islands such as Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua are particularly popular places in the Caribbean with plenty of sunshine and stunning panoramic beaches.
The report also found that international weddings are likely to span several days, lasting longer than weddings here in the UK. According to The Knot Market Intelligence Destination Weddings Study, a definitive report on the industry, nearly half of all destination weddings last four or more days.
The study also found that 86 per cent of couples still plan on taking a honeymoon afterwards and the majority hope to cut costs by enjoying their first holiday together as husband and wife during their wedding.
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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