Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass

I Do, Take Two: 10 Reasons Why Destination Weddings are Perfect for Second Marriages

A second wedding is a second chance for your clients to create a unique and memorable life together. Most brides and grooms have already experienced the traditional hometown wedding the first time, so the second time really calls for a more intimate experience. Chances are, finances are better than the first time around and parental persistence isn’t as intense, so this wedding can be as personalized as possible. Here are 10 reasons behind why one-third of destination weddings are second marriages.

  1. Your clients have a been-there-done-that attitude, so they already know the dos and don’ts, allowing this to be the most personalized wedding ever.
  2. Destination weddings are distant events, with no comparison between the first and second wedding. It can be intimate and romantic or an upscale multi-day celebration!
  3. A destination wedding allows a honeymoon or vacation to continue their celebration. The newlyweds can spend more than a few hours with their loved ones and after the big day is the beginning of their honeymoon celebration.
  4. Guests experience the ultimate vacation, since they’ll typically arrive a few days early, getting to know each other with a once-in-a-lifetime reunion opportunity for close friends and family. Guests can explore and create a memorable experience of their own.
  5. Choosing a destination wedding is an exciting way to reduce the increasing cost of traditional weddings, since they’re typically priced in a package and almost everything is included! Plus, are decorations really necessary with views of emerald oceans, floral gardens and mystic mountains alongside the ceremony? Typically resorts offer special wedding rates for guests too, so it’d be an even cheaper vacation than originally planned.
  6. With family involved, children can be a part of the big day. From being the ring bearer, best man or maid of honor, officiant or giving their mother away, a destination wedding is a perfect way to really create a bond together as a new family.
  7. Destination weddings can accommodate any size but only 20 percent of invited guests end up joining in on the fun, so it’s a great way to trim down the guest list; on average close to 60 guests will attend a destination wedding. So whether your clients are expecting a grand or intimate wedding celebration, a destination wedding can easily accommodate any size.
  8. When is the last time your clients have celebrated alfresco in January? Now is their chance to start a New Year and new beginning under the sun in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida or Costa Rica, which all happen to fall under the most popular destinations.
  9. You’ll really get to know your clients because you’ll be asking more than the basic questions of where, when and how. You’ll be cutting into the cake a bit further by figuring out why they want that specific location, what their expectations are and their love story.
  10. A fresh start for both the bride and groom begins with their dream wedding. Destination weddings are considered simpler and faster, since the couple puts all of their trust in travel agents like you that will take care of the majority, so stress is left at home.

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