Nearly half of Americans long to tie the knot at the beach

New research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Funjet Vacations reveals the “perfect number” of wedding guests is 56 people (Photo by Focus Photography Mauritius on Unsplash).

More than two-thirds of Americans would have a destination wedding in order to “trim the fat” off their guest list, according to new research.

In a new poll of 2,000 Americans, the average respondent said the “perfect number” of wedding guests is 56 people.

However, if it were a destination wedding, only 36% of people would invite more than 50 guests.

Almost one-third of people said a smaller guest list would encourage them to have a destination wedding.

Furthermore, 50% of respondents cited difficulty for guests to attend as the top deterrent for having a destination wedding in the first place.

The poll, conducted by OnePoll and Funjet Vacations, also revealed that the top incentive to attend a destination wedding wasn’t actually being in the wedding party, in fact, this reason wasn’t even in the top three. Having all expenses paid came out on top, according to 51% of respondents.

As far as attendance deterrents, half of respondents said they would not attend if it was too expensive for them.

It is no surprise that the majority (33%) of people would prefer a summer wedding, as 45% of respondents long for a white sand beach to tie the knot on.

On top of that, the most wanted destinations boast beautiful beaches, with 36% of respondents wishing for Hawaii, and a third choosing The Caribbean. In fact, a third of guests are most likely to attend a wedding if it took place in Hawaii.

“While destination weddings often get mislabeled as daunting and expensive, with the right tools and a little help, couples can easily plan and enjoy a stunning, stress-free destination wedding on almost any budget,” said Michael Lowery, Executive Vice President and GM, Apple Leisure Group.

According to two-thirds of respondents, the majority of weddings they’ve attended took place in the United States and 69% of attendees typically spend less than $1,000 for domestic weddings.

When it comes to attending a destination wedding, that budget remains relatively the same with 56% not willing to spend more than $1,000.

Regardless, 59% of respondents would travel abroad for an immediate family member’s wedding, and 55% would travel for their best friend.

Thirty-nine percent of people said they’re more likely to attend a destination wedding if it’s a location they’d enjoy. So, it’s no wonder more than half of attendees believe the perfect duration is more than four days.

“Destination weddings can provide quite a few unexpected perks beyond just a beautiful backdrop,” said Erica Doyne, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications of AMR™ Collection. “Not only can they be a vacation for wedding guests, but they also come with a simplified wedding planning process and a more intimate and unique experience as a result.”

TOP FIVE MOST DESIRED DESTINATION WEDDING BACKDROPS

  • White sand beach — 45%
  • A castle — 43%
  • A tropical island — 42%
  • A place of worship — 42%
  • One of the Seven Wonders — 38%

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