These days, couples are free to choose a massive festive wedding with plenty of guests, or an intimate destination wedding anywhere in the world! In today’s experiential landscape, many couples are seeking more intimate weddings in unchartered territories that create unique memories with their closest friends and families.
From swimming with sharks and stingrays in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora right outside your overwater bungalow; to canoeing to a private white-sand motu (the Tahitian word for ‘island’) where you’re greeted with champagne and a French-Polynesian drum ceremony before your personalized dinner under the starlit sky…
Or perhaps you prefer an exclusive tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest mosques with 82 white domes, precious white marble floors, and chandeliers with over 40 million Swarovski crystals; followed by a safari tour in the world’s largest sand desert, where you are led on camelback to a glamorous Middle Eastern-style tented site where you can relax in a romantic spa with Moroccan hammam and desert rose rituals…
The new standard of luxury is where your event is complete with exclusive experiences that tie emotional fulfillment with unforgettable moments that last a lifetime.
1. Bora Bora
Named the top-trending destination for millennial travel in 2019, the mindset of Bora Bora is enhancing from a honeymoon destination to a wedding spot that serves beyond elopements to larger groups of friends and family, with bucket-list activities taking over the itinerary.
Couples are seeking a more exclusive wedding day experience, with smaller guest counts, but larger spending per guest. The island offers an array of resorts, such as the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, designated the Top Luxury Beach Hotel Worldwide. With direct flights to Tahiti from major cities and a scenic trip over to the uncharted island, couples are sure to start bringing their close family and friends to this picturesque locale.
2. Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is more accessible than ever with an extensive list of new hotels opening. With flights from most major cities, couples can be put at ease when considering the travel experience for their guests with small children or elderly family members. It also often ranks as one of the safest cities in the world.
With all of the large investments being made in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau is pushing to align with white-glove service. This drive supports the region’s goals of becoming a luxury wedding destination. Each venue offers multiple event locations onsite, such as Bab Al Qasr Hotel with the capital’s largest private beach outside of a stunning ballroom; Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, nestled between a pristine stretch of white sand and lush green gardens; or Zaya Nuraii Island, a private island complete with sand floors, flame torches and endless sea views.
3. New York City
New York City is where people go to achieve their dreams; so when planning a dream wedding, it will always be at the top of the list for prosperous destinations.
Couples travel to New York City from all over the world, choosing it to be the destination of their nuptials because it’s the melting pot of cultures where everyone is comfortable coming together. That’s the most important part of a wedding day. Marrying in New York City allows couples to share their backgrounds, their values, their interests, and their love with components that transcend across generations.
Additionally, the options for venues are endless, so couples can choose one, or even multiple, that are a true reflection of what they want their wedding day to be…whether that’s a hotel with outstanding views of Central Park, cocktails served exclusively in Baccarat crystal, or royal residences with Louis XIV-style.
The United Arab Emirates plans to make Dubai the top tourist destination in the world by 2025, and it’s already begun by bringing in luxury vendors from over 70 countries for the 2019 invitation-only Destination Wedding Planners Congress hosted at Atlantis, The Palm.
The influx of wedding vendors that cater to royalty and celebrities for this elite conference alone will form partnerships with venues and vendors of the region. Known for splendorous shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is on the rise for attracting engaged couples.
Couples can choose to become part of the preferred clique in Dubai’s shopping district and have the groom don a pair of tailored shoes from their in-house cobbler offering a formal shoe customization service…or they can choose to have their wedding reception on a yacht sailing through the Arabian Gulf with a full crew catering to them as they watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.
Celebrities always set trends, so with the recent weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, others will start to flock to India for their own interpretations of a celebrity-inspired wedding.
Premier publications are highlighting these extravagant, lavish weddings that extend over multiple days. This publicity provides all the necessary information on how to plan a destination wedding across the country, whether couples want to marry on a 32-acre oasis with manicured lawns and landscaped gardens; or if they want a property that boasts views of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.