Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass
Wedding bells are ringing and travelers are looking for the perfect destination to play host to their big day. Help your clients round up their closest friends and family and send them off to one of these four trending locations to tie the knot.
An all-time favorite, it’s no surprise to see that Costa Rica is a trending spot for destination wedding couples in 2022. Whether they’re on the hunt for a jungle adventure or are seeking beachy vibes, this gorgeous country is the perfect spot to say, “I do.” Temperatures here are fabulously toasty all year-round hovering anywhere between 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Pair that with the area’s affordable lodging and accommodations and couples won’t have a hard time convincing their nearest and dearest to make the journey.
In the days after the ceremony, travelers can spend their time exploring rainforests and national parks between tropical drinks sipped under the sun.
Often referred to as the cradle of Western Civilization, historic and beautiful Greece is a delightful spot for a destination wedding. Not only is a Grecian wedding an unexpected choice when compared to the classic sun and sand option, but it’s also more affordable than other European getaways. Plus, with its Cerulean waters, diverse landscape and charming coastline, it’s hard to imagine a more stunning backdrop to tie the knot. Not to mention, any reception featuring traditional Greek food is sure to be a hit.
After the big day, couples and wedding attendees will love spending some extra time exploring popular spots like Santorini, Crete, Milos and Mykonos before heading home from one of the most epic destination weddings ever.
A bucket list destination for many, couples are taking their vows to the island of Hawaii where they’re embracing an Aloha state of mind. With its lush greenery, sparkling waters and kind and welcoming locals, a wedding here is sure to be one that couples (and guests alike) will cherish forever.
As for where to set the scene, love birds have plenty of unique venue options to choose from. From gardens and halls to beaches and pools, a ceremony in Hawaii is hard to beat in terms of beauty. For something truly one-of-a-kind, movie-loving couples can embrace their passion for Hollywood blockbusters when they host their big day at Kualoa Ranch, the filming site for several huge titles such as Jurassic Park and Jumanji.
Couples looking to break away from tropical destinations are choosing New Zealand as their location of choice. The most popular time of year to visit Middle Earth (any Lord of the Rings fans out there?) is during the region’s summer months (December through February) when temperatures average between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. For many couples, these warm temps come at the perfect time as it makes it easy to tack on a few extra vacation days for weddings that take place between Christmas and New Year’s.
Additionally, New Zealand is the perfect place for adventurous couples to pay homage to their love for the great outdoors thanks to its fantastic scenery. Here, wide open spaces reign supreme with rolling hills, rugged mountains, flowery meadows and dreamy coastlines, each of which makes for an incredible backdrop for an even more incredible day.
About the Author
Senior Editor for VAX VacationAccess and world explorer, Jenna loves writing about all things travel. When she’s not busy creating content, she spends her time exploring the great outdoors, cuddling with her two black cats and researching her next big (sometimes strange) adventure.
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