DestinationVows 2018

THE TREND REPORT

EARLY MOONS Why not take a pre-wedding trip as a quick, romantic getaway to unwind before the big day? “Early Moons” are quick romantic escapes from the stress of wedding plans, with the trend sending some couples to their wedding resort to review their ceremony location, reception area and wedding plans with the resort team ahead of time.

ROCK AND WED The classic string quartet is stepping up a notch, with electrical amplification now taking the spotlight. Electric violins and cellos create the perfect background music during cocktail hour or post-reception, with some musicians even wearing masks on a stage or in the pool. Another popular take on classic wedding entertainment is a “Cirque de Soleil” theme, whereby a violinist performs while hanging upside down.

PARADE PROCESSIONALS Similar to the “second line” procession made famous in New Orleans during brass band parades, trendy destination wedding couples are hiring local musicians, such as mariachi bands in Mexico, to lead them and their guests on a fun-filled march through the resort from the ceremony to the reception area.

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TRADITION MIXOLOGY Couples are celebrating their nuptials by blending favourite aspects of their respective cultures together, including traditions, religious values and popular cuisine. This trend is designed to bring recently-acquainted families closer, and share new values with loved ones.

ROLE PLAY Don’t be surprised if you see the traditional roles of a wedding party turned topsy-turvy this season; many brides are asking their male besties to be their “man of honour”, while grooms are getting their female friends to act as “best [wo]man.” Some wedding partners may even have a mix of both!

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