This month destination wedding site MarryAbroad.co.uk has surveyed its UK couples database, and found that 40% of those choosing a wedding overseas already have children.
And the site’s wedding planners, based in both long and short haul destinations, typically found that over 5 years, they have seen on average a 17% increase of couples with children or step-children, getting hitched.
Joint Founder Steph Bishop perceives this trend, currently big in the wedding industry, to be especially suited to destination weddings – as couples often will combine their wedding with a family holiday.
Bishop states: “We are seeing couples choose child-friendly resorts more and more often, and sometimes even combine their wedding with a christening event too”.
MarryAbroad.co.uk’s Top 10 Tips for Child-Friendly Destination Weddings
1. Find a resort with a kids club / Crèche
Up to 80% of wedding couples staying at Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece, use the facilities of the kids club and crèche, according to Anna Wohlfart, Wedding Coordinator. And on the actual wedding day, many couples book a babysitter during their evening celebrations – giving them time to enjoy the event, in the knowledge their children are safe and sound.
2. Consider the weather
For example, it is best to avoid Thailand in the hottest months of April and May – when humidity is at its highest, when marrying with small children. In Southern Europe, avoid the heat of a hot summer’s day, and choose the morning or early evening for the ceremony.
For long haul destination weddings, try if possible to arrive a week before the actual day, so that kids can acclimatise slowly and get over jet lag.
Make sure children stay hydrated. Include lots of pool and beach time to keep them cool!
5. Get the children involved
Try to involve children with the ceremony as much as possible, as ring carriers and flower girls.
Arrange a familiar feast for children, speaking to the wedding planner in advance to ensure children have food they will recognise on the day. And don’t forget the seating – wedding planners can also arrange for smaller seats, tables and high-chairs for kids.
If children are dressing up; remember that heavy dresses or suits in a hot country can be uncomfortable.
8. Older Children
Thai wedding planner Creative Events Asia wedding found that this year, 15% of bookings were for couples remarrying, with older children. If taking teenagers away and it is within budget, let them take a friend along for company.
Angelina Jolie is famously marrying a certain Mr Pitt this year, and reportedly has commissioned individually designed jewellery, for all of her six children – as keepsakes on their special day. Make like Angelina, and buy something a little special for children to give them at the ceremony, that will remind them of the wedding for years to come.
10. End the night with a bang
Fireworks on the beach and lantern releasing, is always a huge hit with children!
For more information, please visit www.MarryAbroad.co.uk or visit them on stand A54 at the National Wedding Show, Earls Court, London, 28-30 September 2012.