Which destination wedding locations top the list?

With more than 1.5 million Brits travelling abroad for weddings this year, ABTA reveals the hottest destinations on the planet

Fancy beachside vows in Sri Lanka? (photo by Polly Alexandre)

Thanks to lower costs, guaranteed sunshine and a jump-start on the honeymoon, more couples are choosing destination weddings than ever before. As a result, a staggering 1.5 million of us will be hopping on flights to destinations near and far this year to ring those weddings bells (either as guests, bridesmaids or the happy couple), according to new research by UK travel trade association ABTA. So where in the world are the most popular spots to say ‘I do’?


Tropical long-haul destinations lead the pack, with Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Caribbean topping the popularity charts. The USA also draws big wedding traffic, in particular NYC, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Closer to home, couples flock to Italy, Greece and Cyprus, while Croatia, Mexico and the UAE have recently gained in popularity. 

How about a California wedding dream? (photo by Simply Bloom Photography)

With so many alluring locations on the menu, how is a destination-inclined couple to choose? Time of year, budget and of course your holiday personality all play a role (are you up for action and adventure, a fly-and-flop escape or culture-filled exploration?). Check out ABTA’s Where to Go When destination finder here for help narrowing down the best spot for your wedding/honeymoon month. And before you book, be sure to download their checklist of destination wedding essentials (from legalities to travel insurance to jabs) to make sure you’ve got all the logistics sorted. Bon voyage!