Getting married overseas can be a dream, and with the plethora of bridal blogs and wedding writers reporting on destination weddings, it may feel like more and more couples are tying the knot abroad. But along with this apparent trend is the risk of doing the same as everyone else.
So the big question for your big day is ‘how do I make my overseas wedding unique?’ At OFX, we’ve compiled a list of growing trends from the past few years to give you an idea of what others are doing to make their day that little bit more special.
Destination – Where To Wed?
Aruba has quickly become a popular wedding destination with Nikki Reed of Twilight movie fame getting hitched to her immortal other half Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries last year. The Hilton Aruba and the Hyatt Regency Aruba both boast some dazzling spaces for your ceremony and reception.
Jamaica is another Caribbean hotspot that seems to be slowly climbing the ranks of top wedding destinations on a number of wedding blogs and sites like WeddingFor1000.com, DestinationWeddingsByRSVP.com and WeddingMarketNews.com.
Costa Rica’s rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanic sands have made it a major attraction for brides-and-grooms-to-be. The areas of Nosara, Las Catalinas and Papagayo Bay all seem very well-suited to a beautiful wedding.
Fiji is another highly recommended location. Made up of 333 islands of thriving reefs, friendly locals and eco adventures, your guests will certainly enjoy themselves and the surroundings. From the Viti Levu isle’s bigger resorts to Vanua Levu’s smaller and more intimate settings, Fiji caters to a variety of weddings.
Another exciting destination lies in the Pacific Ocean’s volcanic archipelago. Hawaii’s relaxed atmosphere comes complete with awe-inspiring views of sunsets, rainforests and beaches make it a serious consideration for overseas weddings. Oahu, Maui, and Aloha are all championed as the offshore State’s finest islands for weddings.
Venues – The Good, The Bad and The Crazy
Bookings for traditional wedding venues are increasingly accompanied by bookings in some rather novel locations. The “why not?” approach seems to have tickled many couples, with some increasingly bizarre ceremonies taking place. Castles, museums, and even caves are being selected as the ideal place to say “I do”. To get some inspiration, take a look at Glamour’s list of unique and adventurous locations, including a bridge, a pirate ship, a glacier and running track.
For the more reserved among us, simple, outdoor wedding venues are quickly becoming the norm. Chapels, villas, beaches and cliff tops with some stunning views are being snapped up by love-locked couples.
These types of venues may provide some logistical challenges, but they may be worth it for each time someone says, ‘Tell me about your wedding!’
Music – Old, New, Borrowed Blues
The perfect blend of traditional and modern seems to be the desired outcome for many, and the same can be said when it comes to music. There are many suggestions of more modern wedding playlists to entertain guests and bring something more contemporary to the occasion.
YouAndYourWedding.co.uk lists 100 first dance songs for 2016 with some modern artists like Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Adele and James Morrison appearing alongside Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Dusty Springfield.
If you’re looking to do things a little differently, WeddingBells.ca offers 50 of the best wedding songs that you may not have heard before. “First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes, “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes and “Marry Me” by Train are just some of the alternative songs suggested for your walk down the aisle.
Dress – Show White
‘Why have one dress when you can have three?’ is a question asked of fashion-forward brides who are now choosing to have a different gown for each part of the occasion. The ceremony sees the ball gown go down the aisle, followed by something sleeker for the reception and ending in a more movement-friendly wedding dress for the danced-filled after-party.
If you would rather pick one for the entire night, be sure to choose well. From dresses with unique fabrics and waltz-era length to cozy sweater dresses and ’cool separates’, TheKnot’s Trends for 2015 is packed full of ideas for brides-to-be to print out and take to their bridal shop. Alternatively, using the site’s catalogue of wedding dresses allows you to shop around from the comfort of your home.
Technology – Your Digital Day
The sanctity of the union between two people has made unplugged weddings all the rage. Getting people to put their phones away is hard at the best of times, but it can be crucial to your wedding’s success. Photographers have ranted about being unable to take the beautiful shots they are hired for because too many people are taking their own photos. Off the back of this has been a trend of unplugged wedding signs. Some have even created businesses around it.
The Honey Shot
With the phones safely out of sight, couples and planners are using drones to capture aerial shots of the ceremony and its guests. Getting a view of your wedding from virtually every angle can be appealing to some modern couples, with some using a GoPro camera to achieve it.
Making The (Wedding) Papers
Most couples are content to hold the ceremonial spotlight for the day of their weddingwhile others are keen to have a little bit more attention. This is where your social media concierge comes in. Maid of Social offers social media campaigns around your wedding day including dedicated wedding hashtags, real-time tweeting, and even brands partnerships. This “catch-all” social service have a set of ‘1-5-Carat Packages’ and an accompanying blog for those interested in making their wedding day a landmark social event.
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