With the average wedding in the UK costing £20,000 it is no surprise that an increasing number of discerning couples are choosing to wed abroad.
Indeed the allure of tropical weather, a vibrant culture, wonderful food and the natural happiness that being on holiday brings makes paradise the ideal backdrop for many couples to begin their happily ever after.
This is no more true than in Jamaica where boutique venues such as Hummingbird Hall have seen an explosion in British and Jamaican-British couples of late.
Having a destination wedding can be an exciting and carefree experience. Not only does it extend your celebrations (think wedding week rather than wedding day) blue skies and tropical scenery ensure that your wedding is both memorable and gorgeous!
Friends and family who cannot travel with you need not miss out on your big day. The best destination wedding venues have facilities which allow couples to beam their wedding - live and in real time - to a password protected website for family and friends to watch at home. This is a wonderful way for those unable to travel to the venue to feel included and part of the festivities!
British ex-patriot wedding planners and designers often live in destination wedding locations. Make use of this resource! These planners and designers have local knowledge and experience alongside a British drive and passion that will ensure your wedding exceeds your expectations.
With modern communication there is no need to feel out of touch with your wedding venue, coordinator or designer. Ensure that a personal Wedding Consultant is included as standard by your venue and that they may be contacted via email, live web chat, webcam and telephone. With an attentive and responsive Consultant - you'll forget that you are in different countries!
Marrying outside of chain hotels can give couples and their guests the opportunity to really experience the beauty and vibrancy of the country and culture that they are in, rather than the "tourist machine" of a large hotel. Small boutique venues give couples the option to marry in private, secluded locations away from the maddening crowds and without the risk of other tourists stumbling into their wedding photographs.
Having a destination wedding is a wonderful way to add a unique twist to the start of married life. Congratulations and best of luck with your decision.