Rise in couples marrying abroad

15 September 2011 10:03

The number of couples choosing to marry in an exotic location has increased, it has been claimed

The number of couples choosing to marry in an exotic location has increased, it has been claimed

Tasks to organise for a holiday, such as travel insurance, look set to start appearing more often on wedding to-do lists as an expert has revealed a rise in the number of couples getting married abroad.

Exotic destinations including Mauritius, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand are attracting more bride and grooms-to-be than before, Belinda Hanks, editor of Confetti.co.uk, claimed.

According to Ms Hanks, research has shown that in the last five years, one in four (26%) people who got married do so while on holiday. In the 1990s, this figure was at 20%, while in the 1970s just 4% of couples exchanged vows abroad.

One of the main benefits for arriving at the honeymoon destination before the ceremony has taken place is cost, Ms Hanks said.

She said: "Brides tell us that they can save money simply because it makes for a smaller wedding party and combines the cost of a honeymoon in one.

"If the couple ends up paying for family and friends to attend, however, then costs can go up."

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