The custom of marriage is a true mass phenomenon – over millennia and across every corner of the globe, monogamous marriage has been the family structure of choice for the vast majority of the world’s population. According to the United Nations, roughly 70% of all living adults on the planet are married, and US Census data shows that 90% of Americans will marry at some point in their lives. At the same time, the rate at which couples are marrying has declined significantly from a mid-20th Century peak, and rates of divorce and cohabitation have climbed, leading many curious onlookers to wonder why?
Weekday weddings have not been broadly embraced in American wedding culture, but that’s starting to change. At the center of this change are three primary drivers: ‘unlimited’ vacation, remote working, and limited venue capacity. The combination of these forces have set the stage for a fundamental shift to broad acceptance of the weekday wedding.
Deciding whether to hold a destination or local wedding can be a tough challenge for even the most decisive couples. There are countless variables to consider, and the typical trade-offs are hard to quantify and compare. So how can couples cut through the confusion and figure out what’s truly right for them? The answer is simple: by thinking about it not as an evaluation between ‘destination versus local’, but, rather one of ‘experience versus effort.’