In fact, according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, domestic destination weddings are far more popular than international wedding locations. In 2011, 70 percent of couples chose a continental U.S. destination for their nuptials, up from the 60 percent who opted for stateside nuptials in 2009. Only 30 percent of couples married in an international locations, down from 40 percent who traveled internationally in 2009. Instead of the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, couples are tying the knot in places such as Florida, California, Nevada, Colorado, New York and more.
Why are so many couples making the switch? There are a number of reasons. With a domestic destination wedding, you don’t have to drag your favorite wedding dress, favors and all of the guests overseas, which can become a bit pricey. Instead, for a much less expensive big day, you can still get the same breathtaking scenery, diverse settings and luxurious amenities in the U.S. as you would expect to find if you traveled abroad.
If you’re looking for a beach, you don’t have to go a long way to find one. There are miles of gorgeous beaches on both coasts, giving you plenty of locations for the seaside wedding you’ve always dreamed of. One of the top states for domestic weddings is South Carolina, where you can exchange vows on Myrtle Beach, amid pristine white sand and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.