Thursday 23 September 2021

Costa Rica Tops In Wedding Destination in Latin America

Paying the bills

Latest

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 23: Plates ending in “7 & 8” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Thursday, September 23, vehicles with...

Carlos Alvarado denounces violations of the Daniel Ortega regime to the UN

QCOSTARICA - In New York, Costa Rica President Carlos...

High Number of European Tourists Traveling to Costa Rica in Spite of the Pandemic

QCOSTARICA - A total of 21,969 tourists from European...

Costa Rica second last in economic recovery in the region

QCOSTARICA - The Central American region experiences very different...

TOP-5 real estate communities for a family life

Despite the fact that COVID-19 is slowing down the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 22: Plates ending in “5 & 6” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Wednesday, September 22, vehicles with...

Group charged migrants US$22K to get them to the United States.

QCOSTARICA - A Costa Rican-Panamanian criminal structure charged migrants...
Paying the bills

Share

Bodas12

There is business opportunity in overseas weddings…and Costa Rica is emerging as the new place to be. It’s estimated that about 8% of U.S. weddings are held overseas, with Mexico being a perennial favorite due to its proximity and established tourist infrastructure.

But Costa Rica is now rated the top destination in Latin America by wedding website TheKnot.com. With 36% of the destination weddings in the region, it’s second only to Mexico in terms of numbers…and ahead of the rest by a large margin. Next up is Belize, with 17%.

- Advertisement -

Costa Rica as the idyllic setting for a fairy tale wedding is supported by facts by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rica Tourism Board, reports that there were 74.282 arrivals of people who said their goal was to get married and spend their honeymoon in the country, increasing to 81.697 in 2013. No data is yet available for 2013.

wedding-cr-flowersVivian Rudin, head of promotions for the ICT, says that foreigners, especially from the United States, Canada and some European countries like Spain, value multiple scenarios that Costa Rica offers for lovers.

Flight connectivity and proximity to different destinations are also a factor.

A group dedicated to providing bridal services to foreigners, ArtFlowers in Guanacaste, says that a majority of their 120-150 wedding arrangements are to foreigners.

Figures from the ICT indicate that couples deciding to wed or honeymoon in Costa Rica are typically between 25 and 34 years of age, with a growing percentage between 35 and 44 and have a combined income of US$130.000 plus.

The cost of a Costa Rica wedding can vary, from US$20.000 to ten times or more that. There is no typical wedding and and location of preference, though the Pacific coastal towns of Guanacaste top the list of many couples deciding a Costa Rica wedding location.

- Advertisement -

All those weddings mean wedding planning businesses — as well as related services like photography, catering, florists, and more — have taken off.

In addition, there are many poor people in the country who benefit from this industry. We’re talking about farmers, carpenters, housewives, in particular in rural areas, that can provide a variety of crafts and services to make that special day, well special.

wedding-crThere are no details as to how many weeding planners or companies are offering or devoted entirely to the production of weddings, but a web search or browse of social media sites like Facebook reveals the growing trend,

After all, putting together your own wedding back home is one thing. But planning one from thousands of miles away…without local contacts, knowledge of local marriage laws, or even having seen a location…is another.

- Advertisement -

Planners find and decorate venues, arrange food and drink, hire photographers and videographers, and book the officiant—who, in Costa Rica, must be a lawyer or religious official.

So what makes Costa Rica such a good wedding destination?

For one, it’s easy to get married as a foreigner and the rules for marriage are straightforward. It’s easy to get to from North America — there are plenty of reasonably priced flights to the country’s two international airports. It’s a safe and stable country.

And, most of all, it’s full of natural beauty that provides the perfect backdrop to a wedding day (not to mention a great little vacation for guests), with palm-fringed, white-sand beaches and lush rainforests being just two of many possibilities.

 

With notes from CRHoy, International Living, Facebook

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Previous articleTico Pride!
Next articleCosta Rica To Triumph in Brazil
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 23: Plates ending in “7 & 8” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Thursday, September 23, vehicles with plates ending...

Carlos Alvarado denounces violations of the Daniel Ortega regime to the UN

QCOSTARICA - In New York, Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, expressed...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.