Planning a Destination Wedding

Destination Weddings Trend Report 2022: Volume 8

Heather & Tyler’s destination wedding at Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa
Photography by Santiago Gabay


With the global pandemic behind us, destination weddings have once again soared to the top of many newly-engaged couples’ minds, and for good reason. Couples feel the freedom to embrace their wanderlust once again and celebrate their love in any destination they choose (scroll down to see the the most popular place to get married in the world!).

Our latest trend report highlights the key stats and trends we saw from our destination wedding couples in 2022, and what we are looking forward to in 2023-2024. The destination wedding industry keeps booming and we’re excited you’re along for the ride with us!

2022 Destination Wedding Stats:

  • The most popular month to get married in 2022 was: June (followed by November)
  • The overall cost of a wedding in 2022 was $30,000 (according to WeddingPro)
  • The average cost of a destination wedding in 2022 was $6,465 (with
    • Accommodations: $2,257 per room
    • Wedding Package: $3,208
    • Estimated Airfare: $1,000
  • Average number of guests: 27
  • Average planning timeline: 463 days
  • Top destinations to get married in 2022:
    • Riviera Maya, Mexico
    • Cancun, Mexico
    • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    • Montego Bay, Jamaica
    • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Ocho Rios, Jamaica
    • Negril, Jamaica
    • Costa Rica
    • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • St. Lucia
  • Top emerging destination wedding locations for 2023 and 2024:
    • Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
    • Aruba
    • Runaway Bay, Jamaica
    • Cozumel
    • Curacao
    • Nassau, Bahamas
    • Tulum, Mexico
    • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
    • Turks & Caicos
    • St. Martin/St. Maarten
  • Top destination wedding resorts of 2022:
    • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
    • Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres
    • Sandos Playacar
    • Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana
    • Royalton Riviera Cancun
    • Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
    • Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
    • Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos
    • Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
    • Moon Palace Jamaica
  • Popular destination wedding trends in 2022: outdoor ceremonies, metallic color scheme, having a unique first dance, lavish welcome parties, neon signage/details
  • Destination wedding trends to watch out for in 2023 and 2024: private venue locations, castle/fairytale aesthetic, green color schemes, natural florals

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