Real Couples Are Choosing to Marry Away

Although it’s probably no surprising that destination weddings are on the rise—who can resist a faraway fete?—the definition of a destination wedding is undergoing an interesting shift. Considering a destination wedding? You’re not alone (seriously).

Here’s the most recent destination wedding breakdown, based on our 2015 Real Weddings study:

  • There are over 350,000 destination weddings each year
  • 77 percent of them take place in the continental US
  • 23 percent of them take place in international locations (like the Caribbean and Mexico)

Forty-nine percent of couples chose to say “I do” 200 miles or more from where they lived at the time they were married. That’s a lot of traveling fiancés!

As for the 21 percent of couples who actually consider their wedding a “destination wedding,” about one in five of them throw another bash when they get home. How else would they get to celebrate with anyone who couldn’t make it to the ceremony? So now we know: The destination wedding and second party back home trend is on the up-and-up!