Wanderlust & Weddings: Why Couples Travel to Tie the Knot

Part II of TripIt’s Destination: Wedding Week series

Last week we debuted the Where in the World are Weddings? data visualization and Labor Day wedding travel infographic. Today, we’re diving into the ins and outs of destination weddings, and why couples choose to hit the road to get hitched.

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“There was never a doubt in our minds that we’d have a destination wedding on the beach. It was just a question of where and how many people would be there.

Fortunately, our friends and family share our love of travel, and are willing to fly to Mexico for our wedding trip. We’ll end up having 80-100 people join us for our most special vacation.”

-David Hotz, TripIt user

Destination weddings can be the stuff that fairytales are made of, or just darn practical. Lucy Williams, of Gallery Events breaks it down:

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A land far, far away

A destination wedding brings excitement for your guests – a new environment, new cultures and typically beautiful scenery – plus I have never heard a guest complain for having an excuse to travel somewhere they might never have, otherwise.

Destination weddings provide you with the peace of mind that your guests will experience something completely unique.

When it makes cents

I’ve met many a couple who just want to escape the stress of feeling like they need to invite their 400 nearest and dearest family members.

And more often than not, a destination wedding will save you money and help you control your budget. A lot of couples use it as a way to limit the guest count.

Location, location, location

I love when a bride & groom select a hidden gem – the small hotel up in a mountain village in Spain, among the vineyards of Napa Valley, a private home cliff-side in Hawaii, or a charming neighborhood park in Southern Italy. Privately owned venues will be far more flexible with timing, music requirements and menu selections.

- Lucy Williams

Did you know?

TripIt allows you to add travelers to a group itinerary. So if you’re planning a destination wedding, the whole bridal party, or your future in-laws, can coordinate travel plans – all in one place.

Up next: hear from an international wedding guest on what it takes to get there – and back – in one piece.