Walking down the beach instead of the aisle
Daily Staff Writer
Some say honeymooning before the wedding is putting the cart before the horse, but many couples are walking down the beach in Hawaii instead of the aisle in the local church.
Destination weddings ” when couples melt their wedding and honeymoon into one romantic vacation ” are becoming more and more popular, said Alexa Gromko, spokeswoman for AAA Colorado.
“There are so many ways to tie the knot now, and so many destinations to do it in,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want to deal with the hassle of the entire production, so they fly to an island and have an abbreviated ceremony.”
Gromko said the hot spots for Coloradans are tropical climates like Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean, where the destination weddings originated.
Most of the couples opting for the weddingmoon, as some resorts have started calling it, are going through their second wedding, Gromko said. They’ve already gone through the stress of planning a fairy tale day, so this time around they look for a carefree alternative.
Jan Mount, the owner of Amanda’s Bridal and Tux in Arvada, said she has also noticed the trend in her boutique. Women look for simple dresses without trains or frills that can easily be packed in a suitcase for a trip across the ocean.
Couples who want the beach experience as well as the company of friends and family invite guests, and the ones who can afford it make their own vacation of it, Gromko said.
Aware of this blooming trend, many beach resorts like Sandals now offer package deals, including large group discounts, photographers and spa treatments.
While locals want to escape to warm climates for their weddings, out-of-state residents are attracted to the winter wonderland Colorado has to offer.
“Not everyone wants the beach experience,” Gromko said. “People look to Colorado for a winter destination wedding. They want a snow white wedding on a mountaintop.”
She said the most popular places for destination weddings in Colorado are Vail, Aspen and Telluride. Couples come for a wedding, whether their family can come along or not, and spend the rest of the week skiing.
Since most weddingmooners are on their second marriage, they are usually older with established careers, so the cost of a destination wedding does not deter them.
“Cost is less of a factor,” Gromko said. “The ease of a hassle-free wedding is more important.”
Gromko said she predicts that as long as travel remains affordable, the destination wedding trend will keep gaining popularity.
“It’s a phenomenon,” she said. “It’s not always about a wedding in the local church.”
“There are so many ways to tie the knot now, and so many destinations to do it in.”
-Alexa Gromko, AAA Colorado
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