Destination Weddings Continue to Grow in Popularity Despite the Economic Downturn

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Destination weddings now make up over 15% of all weddings and continue to grow in popularity despite the current state of the economy. Couples typically see savings of 30% or more by going to popular destinations like the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico. Our recent research finds no decrease in online interest for destination weddings despite the economic downturn.

Wedding couples are looking for an alternative to the traditional 200-person wedding. A destination wedding offers them a fiscally responsible option

Research by leading destination wedding resource, Destination Wedding Link, finds no decrease in online interest for destination weddings, despite the economic downturn and the decrease in overall consumer travel.

Destination Wedding Link analyzed monthly website traffic data for ten of the top destination wedding websites as determined by Google search results.

The results showed no noticeable decrease in traffic after accounting for seasonal variation.

"It is no surprise that couples are increasingly choosing destination weddings. Many resorts offer wedding packages for as little as $3000. Compared to the cost of an average non-destination wedding of $30,000, destination weddings are particularly attractive in these uncertain economic times," said Rachael Jones, co-founder, Destination Wedding Link.

Destination Wedding Link, the premier source for destination wedding information in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico, believes some of the continued interest in destination wedding planning is due to the smaller average wedding size of a destination wedding.

A comprehensive 2006 study conducted by Conde Nast, owner of Brides and Modern Bride, reported that the average number of guests attending a destination wedding is 1/3 that of a non-destination wedding.

"Wedding couples are looking for an alternative to the traditional 200-person wedding. A destination wedding offers them a fiscally responsible option," continued Jones.

The most popular destination wedding locations remain the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii. As the economic downturn worsens and consumers cut back on travel, travel companies are offering deep discounts. These travel discounts help maintain destination wedding interest, further supporting Destination Wedding Link's findings.

About Destination Wedding Link
http://www.destinationweddinglink.com was founded in 2008 to provide couples with the best tools and resources available to help them plan their dream destination wedding. Destination Wedding Link has deep expertise in wedding locations, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii. It also offers destination planning tips, expert advice, and beach wedding favors. Destination Wedding Link is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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