61 percent of unwed couples want to marry abroad

Thursday 15, July 2010


61 percent of unwed couples want to marry abroad


With the wedding season upon us, the UK’s fastest growing online independent travel agent has commissioned research to find out how many unmarried couples want to get married abroad and the most desirable destinations for a foreign wedding.


A new study by one of the UK’s leading online independent travel agents of 1,682 unmarried couples has found that just over 3 in 5 would like to get married abroad, suggesting a growing trend in foreign weddings. 


The poll by found that of the 61% who wanted to get wed abroad, 19% claimed it was because it was a ‘wedding and honeymoon in one’, whilst 77% were attracted by the ‘warm weather’. 


32% of those that wanted to marry abroad thought it was ‘less hassle’ and 81% said the UK was ‘too expensive’ for weddings. 


Of the 39% that claimed they wouldn’t like to get married abroad, 46% believed it to be ‘unfair’ on family and friends that may not be able to make the event. 12% said it was ‘too hot’ abroad. 


The research also looked into the most popular destinations abroad for weddings, asking the 61% of unwed couples who did want to get married abroad, where they would want to do so. 


The top ten favourite destinations for a wedding abroad are; 

Cyprus 71% 

Hawaii 68% 

Barbados 65% 

Las Vegas 53% 

Mauritius 51% 

Maldives 49% 

Mexico 44% 

Sicily 42% 

Sri Lanka 39%               

Florida 28% 


Although 61% said the wanted to get married abroad, only 13% said they ‘definitely’ were. 27% of the couples wanting to tie the knot abroad said they would quite like a honeymoon in another destination too. 


Chris Brown, travel expert and co-founder of, commented on the findings; 

“Weddings abroad are becoming more and more popular and we quite often have enquiries from customers looking into get married overseas, or people looking for deals for holidays where friends or relatives are tying the knot. 


“As for the most popular destinations for weddings abroad, we were surprised to see Cyprus up there at number one. Paphos in particular is a great destination for a wedding, as it’s the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and there’s plenty of great scenery and landmarks to make it quite a romantic experience.”



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