February 12, 2009 09:01 ET

Romance Up in a Down Economy

A Record-Breaking Number of Couples Elect to Exchange Vows in Paradise With the Number of Destination Weddings Up 16%

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - broke a record for the number of Destination Weddings under deposit in January with over five hundred couples choosing this romantic option. This represents a 16% increase from January 2008 and a sign that the weak global economy continues to increase the attractiveness of Destination Weddings versus traditional weddings. Such an explosive trend is expected to continue with Valentine's Day being one of the most romantic and popular engagement dates of the year.

"We always thought that Destination Weddings were recession-proof," said Marketing Manager Quentin Carmichael III. "Since we broke this last record, it would appear that Destination Weddings may actually be recession-enabled. It makes sense. Not only are Destination Weddings more unique and memorable, but they can often save couples tens of thousands of dollars."

Destination Weddings have been increasing in popularity in recent years because couples are able to have a unique exotic wedding in paradise for a fraction of the cost of a local wedding. The most popular destinations for weddings in 2008 were Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic, and the average cost was under ten thousand dollars. Compare this with a typical domestic wedding budget of over twenty thousand dollars, and you can see why so many couples are traveling to paradise for their nuptials.

About ( provides full-service destination wedding packages and planning for couples across the globe. combines the strong personal service of over 160 certified destination wedding specialists, along with the technology of their website (, to offer couples the only true full-service one-stop shopping for destination weddings.

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