Our culture loves to follow celebrities – where they vacation, where they work, what they’re wearing, and even where they get married. The rise in popularity for “destination weddings” within the bridal industry can arguably be attributed to the media’s focus on socialites and jet setting public figures who have been spotted getting married all over the world. The average American probably doesn’t identify as a “jetsetter,” those trendsetting public figures that love to travel and indulge in lavish international getaways. However, a destination wedding is one way to celebrate like the rich and famous, and allows you and your guests to experience the culture and beauty of a faraway locale.
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In 2009, actors Anna Farris and Chris Pratt wed on the tropical island of Bali, which made the location, rich with pristine beaches and coral reefs, instantly desirable as a wedding destination.
When NFL quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen exchanged vows in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, they made the location even more appealing to honeymooners, vacationers, and for those who desire a wedding in a romantic, tropical, and breathtakingly stunning location.
Other celebrities have had weddings in familiar locations like Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe, while some have transformed formerly unknown places into the most alluring of destinations, just by being there. Andres Santo Domingo, a jetsetter known for his entrepreneurship and charity work, wed iconic fashionista Lauren Davis in Cartagena, Colombia in 2008. Their wedding elevated charming Cartagena from a relatively unknown town to a much coveted vacation destination in what Vogue called “The Wedding of the Year.” According to W Magazine, Cartagena “was a dozy town just a decade ago, when travelers were still wary of visiting the country,” but now it “has been anointed the latest hot spot,” which illustrates how celebrity exposure in foreign places can make the quaintest of getaways look incredibly posh.
It’s fascinating to see how celebrities and jetsetters influence trends in everything from fashion, to travel and even weddings. For more information on glamorous and exotic wedding destinations, visit Bridal Guide.
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