SOURCE: DestinationWeddings.com

September 04, 2007 08:53 ET

DestinationWeddings.com Projects 2008 Destination Wedding Trends

Expert Destination Wedding Travel Provider Looks to Diversify Services to Meet Anticipated Customer Demands

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - September 4, 2007) - DestinationWeddings.com, a premier provider of destination wedding coordination and travel services worldwide, today announced that it will expand its services and Website features to provide destination wedding brides with a single resource of trusted service providers, advice on and the ability to buy destination wedding dresses and expertise and options for having a "green" wedding. Based on feedback received from current bridal customers, DestinationWeddings.com identified these three trends as central to a destination bride's planning process and revealed that it anticipates the overall demand for destination weddings will continue to increase into 2008.

"The year over year growth of the destination wedding industry is just incredible. We've experienced 100% increase in bridal bookings from 2005 to 2006 and in 2007 we are already 97% ahead of where we were last year at this time," said Quentin "Bud" Carmichael, president of DestinationWeddings.com. "With more than 300 brides per month signing up for our service, we have more agents than ever to maintain our quality of service and commitment to providing customized attention to each bride."

In addition to training and certifying more specialists skilled in navigating the often complex legalities of being married in a foreign country, DestinationWeddings.com will soon add features to its Website to provide brides with access to trusted bridal partners. By establishing a worldwide directory of destination wedding-related vendors, the company hopes to appease brides' requests for a one-stop, reliable source for destination wedding service experts. The DestinationWeddings.com vendor directory will include hundreds of qualified companies, such as florists, caterers, and limousine services, from more than 50 locations around the world.

After the desire for one source for reliable, high quality destination wedding service providers, brides have voiced their need for advice and access to destination wedding dresses. Recent surveys from DestinationWeddings.com brides reveal that brides are looking for a wedding dress that can stand up to the demands that travel and tropical temperatures often dish out. In 2008, DestinationWeddings.com will extend its partnership with The Dessy Group to provide customers with the ability to buy destination wedding dresses via a new Website, destinationweddingdresses.com.

"As the leading manufacturer of destination bridal and special occasion gowns, we provide brides with the insight and options they need to make an informed dress decision that they will be truly happy and comfortable with in an exotic setting," said Alan Dessy, president of The Dessy Group. "We look forward to providing education on dress selection with the ability to purchase to DestinationWeddings.com brides via the company's new approved internet retailer Website."

While the demand from brides for more destination wedding services and dress expertise is a consistent theme, a new trend is emerging with brides looking to have a "green" destination wedding. As concern about the quality of our environment becomes a global issue, everyone is looking for ways to be more energy efficient and planet-friendly. Brides are no different, showing a desire to have more organic, sustainable destination weddings. Increasingly, more pristine locations, such as Costa Rica and Belize, are being selected by brides over more traditional locations such as the Bahamas and Hawaii. Instead of golfing and a day trip to the spa, guests are opting for more natural activities such as rain forest excursions. Down to the cosmetics used by the bride and her bridal party, the new destination wedding trend is organic.

To meet this "green" need, DestinationWeddings.com has trained its specialists to become experts on the travel arrangements to and marriage requirements of these more remote countries. The company is also currently market testing make-up consultations with leading eco-friendly beauty company Aveda for select brides.

About DestinationWeddings.com

DestinationWeddings.com is the premier provider and one-stop resource for destination wedding coordination and travel services worldwide. Every month, hundreds of weddings are coordinated in countries across the world through DestinationWeddings.com's network of certified wedding travel specialists who have been specifically trained to navigate the unusual requirements of marriage within foreign countries. Unlike other wedding resources and Websites that simply provide planning and information, DestinationWeddings.com is the only company and interactive Website that provides an entire range of services needed to plan, coordinate and travel to a destination wedding for a couple and their guests. Affordable travel packages for guests and 24/7 agent support for couples eliminates the stress of present day international travel. Now ranked #1 organically for destination weddings with major search engines including Google, Yahoo! and MSN, DestinationWeddings.com is based in Framingham, Mass. The company was founded in 2003 as a spin off of Horizons Unlimited Travel, a leading travel agency since 1954. For more information, call DestinationWeddings.com at 508-532-1546 or visit http://www.destinationweddings.com.

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