While we typically think of summer as wedding season, February owns the distinction of having the most weddings on a single day; every year about 16,000 couples get married on Valentine’s Day. It’s also the month that couples ramp up wedding planning, according to the National Association of Bridal Consultants, so it’s only fitting that this month of romance is also National Weddings Month.
Many couples put their nuptials on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. Others chose to seize the moment; a study by The Knot found that engagements were more spontaneous in 2020, with about 50 percent being planned within the month. As a result, the wedding industry is facing a major rebound, with The Wedding Report predicting an estimated 2.5 million weddings in 2022, the most the U.S. has seen since 1984.
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, has seen their wedding business flourish recently, with couples encountering waiting lists for some dates in 2022. Malena Sánchez, Las Palomas’ events coordinator, has noticed trends in what couples are looking for in a wedding, particularly after the restrictions and postponements of the past few years.
“The pandemic definitely impacted the wedding industry. Fortunately, Las Palomas offers extensive open spaces, and we have been able to recuperate,” says Sánchez. “Many couples are looking for beautiful outdoor spaces to celebrate their big day. We offer the perfect garden, beach or terrace for wedding ceremonies, and we’ve seen a boom because of that. Additionally, our services are best in class, with the utmost care given for the safety of our couples and guests.”
She notes that, post-pandemic, weddings seem to be a little simpler, but with more attention to creating memorable moments with loved ones in special locales.
“Brides dream of getting married at sunset, by the sea, and close enough where guests can travel by car,” she notes. “We have different packages for every couple’s wishes, needs and budget, just four hours away from Phoenix.”
Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort can host the entire wedding party leading up to and on the big day. All activities – from a pre-wedding golf outing or spa day to a rehearsal dinner at one of their internationally renowned restaurants – can take place right at the resort. With an extensive list of preferred partners, event planners handle all of the details and arrangements.
Sánchez offers the following tips for couples interested in planning the perfect destination wedding:
- Plan at least six months in advance – more is more!
- Beware of fluctuations in pricing and availability, especially during holiday seasons.
- Visit in advance to envision your big day onsite.
- Make travel and finding accommodations easy for your guests by choosing a resort with the capacity to host everyone, with amenities that will keep them entertained.
- Go local and save. A destination wedding close to home (within four hours or so) offers convenience, versus one that is halfway around the world.
- Plan activities for members of your wedding party – a sunset cruise, golf day, spa, etc.
“Whatever you choose, we want to ensure that you have the wedding of your dreams,” said Sánchez.
More information about Las Palomas’ wedding packages can be found on their website.