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Photo by Karina Rivera Photography

By Megan Velez

What a wonderful year 2016 has been for LGBTQ couples! Since gay marriage became legal in the United States just over a year ago, couples have been taking full advantage and are jetting off to tie the knot abroad. With the increase in popularity, we’ve got a fresh batch of new trends that are taking hold in the destination wedding market that we are thrilled to share with you.

Emerging Locations

Traditional destination beach weddings aren’t going anywhere, so it’s no surprise that Mexico, The Bahamas and Jamaica continue to be the locales of choice for many brides and grooms. So what emerging locations are giving them a run for their money? Look no further than Ireland, Spain and South Africa, which are all on the rise. After all, who wouldn’t want to get married with the romantic Montserrat Mountains in Spain as their backdrop, or in a beautiful Irish castle? In addition to some unforgettable memories, these countryside locales are perfect for gorgeous scenic photo ops.

The Devil’s in the Details

Some would argue that it’s the details that make an event, and destination couples are no exception! 2016 said goodbye to shabby chic and hello to rustic glam, featuring bold table patterns mixed with metallic details. Additionally, Chiavaris are taking a back seat (literally!) to ghost chairs and we also love the emphasis on romantic lighting. 

When it comes to fashion, we are seeing dramatic backs and embellished sleeves, (a trend we hope never goes away!) as well as colorful shoes and bold ties paired with neutral suits to offset the patterns for grooms and their buddies.

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Photo by Ali Rosa Photography 

The Food

One of the biggest parts of any wedding is, of course, the food! Couples are embracing the regional cuisine, which simultaneously shows off the area while also serving as a cost-effective strategy. When it comes to the sweet course, naked cakes (which are great for hot weather events!) and butter cream have risen as the top choice for couples. 

Destination weddings continue to evolve every year with more diverse options for couples around the world. With the affordability and flexibility a destination wedding can offer, you will be sure to give you and your guests and experience they will never forget!

Megan Velez is the vice-president of product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses, and, has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit


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