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Wedding Trends by Destination Hotels & Resorts

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Destination Hotels & Resorts has polled its unrivaled team of wedding and event planners from its collection to determine the year’s top 10 Trends. Experts have weighed in from across the company’s portfolio of more than 40 luxurious, locally-inspired and experience-driven hotels and resorts on what couples want today and in the year ahead. From large lavish weddings to small intimate ceremonies and traditional to modern, weddings are more diverse than ever before.

“Never Ending Wedding Weekend”: In the year ahead, wedding experts expect couples to expand upon the traditional wedding timeline and encourage their guests to ’make a weekend of it.’ More and more newlyweds are adding elements such as after parties, day-after breakfasts and brunches and increasing the size and scale of rehearsal dinners.

“Traditional is Out, Imaginative is In”: The days of stuffy rehearsal dinners, regimented plated meals, and suit-and-tie norms are numbered according to wedding experts at Destination Hotels & Resorts. Couples are shaking up the concept of a rehearsal dinner with new ideas such as dessert and champagne receptions or even an elaborate “Low Country Luau” featuring oysters, shrimp and grits, a whole roasted pig and tiki torches.

“Communal, Family-Style Meals Replace Old-School Catering Hall Staples”: Modern couples are rebelling against the catering-hall norms of decades past with menus to match their more casual, informal lifestyles. With the popularity of family-style restaurants and renewed importance of families dining together as a whole, planners have seen an influx of requests for family-style meals.

“Food Trucks and Bar-B-Que Are In, Your Grandparents Prime Rib is Out!”: Custom menus are all the rage at Destination Hotels & Resorts collection of outstanding wedding venues and chefs and planners have become increasingly creative when it comes to concepts, options and offerings. In recent years, Food Trucks continue to be popular and trendy, popping up in cities across the country, landing on the pages of magazines and ranking in prestigious restaurant guides.

“Themed After Parties”: Gone are the days of surreptitious cocktails at the lobby bar, couples today are paying attention to the after party with whimsical themes and paying extra attention to this guest favorite.

“Interactive is King”: Destination Hotels & Resorts experts have seen an influx of interactive ideas and DIY involvement from their wedding clients. Many hotels offer group cooking classes and couples are increasingly apt to leave their own personal stamp on their special day.

“Intimate is In, Crowds are Out”: As online social circles continue to expand, people increasingly long for genuine relationships with those closest to them. Properties are available for a resurgence of smaller, intimate affairs.

“Embrace the Individual”: Couples are increasingly apt to choose menus and themes that are personally meaningful to them. From ethnic cuisine to vegan menus and everything in between.

“#Weddings”: Social media has become a massive part of people’s lives and a primary source of information. Couples are continuing to create unique hashtags and to crowd source photos from their guests’ posts.

“Craft Breweries, Wine Tastings and Bespoke Spirits”: The foodie culture permeating the country has found its way to the bar. Couples today are more intimately involved with choosing unique spirits, wines and beers to be served to their guests with an emphasis on local offerings, boutique labels and inspired tastes.

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