Addressing Zika concerns.
With the recent concerns of Zika--especially for bridal parties with younger couples who might either be pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant)--more brides are turning to spots that are unaffected, like Hawaii, says Lindsey Epperly of Epperly Travel. "It's a much longer flight, but it's still a great party and event once everyone gets there! For the best bang for your buck without Zika concerns, I've had quite a few all-inclusive weddings in Mexico--but the trend tends to be performing a symbolic ceremony instead of a legal one, due to the hoops you have to jump through in Mexico to be legally married (translating documents and the like)."
Going beyond the beach.
Destination wedding couples are broadening their horizons when it comes to planning their nuptials, says Megan Velez, of Destination Weddings Travel Group. "As they look beyond the traditional beach locale, adventurous couples are seeking out unique spots like the Canadian Rockies or Iceland for a fresh take on destination I do's."
Working with smaller hotels.
Resorts are always the go-to venue that destination couples flock to, but private estates and smaller boutique hotels and residences are gaining in popularity, says Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy. "With more customization options and privacy, the pros outweigh the extra organization required."
Bringing a touch of home.
"In 2017 we'll see couples who choose to have a destination wedding bring mementos that are special to them and incorporate them into their wedding," says Kim Forrest of Wedding Wire. "Adding little pieces of home to a destination wedding can easily express the personalities of the bride and groom."
Creating custom maps.
Many couples are including custom maps of their destination wedding locales, including "favorite spots" so that guests will know where to go when they're not attending wedding-related festivities, says Brian Kelly and Sean Koski of Ticket 2 Events.
Giving out multiple favors.
Planning multi-day celebrations is always a major component of a destination wedding, but giving your guests a little gift, token or favor after each event is a fun trend, says Chang. "It doesn't have to be large or expensive, but couples are having fun coming up with items that put the cherry on top."
Hiring local vendors.
From the centerpieces to the food, couples are turning to the locals to inspire their wedding, says Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty. "Even the couples that utilize the expertise of a state-side wedding planner will still ask that they work with local flower shops and chefs to create a truly authentic, destination celebration."