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May 19, 2014

Matrimonial marketplace

Pinterest drives wedding trends

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While the Caribbean is clearly the destination of choice for most, Lillo also has booked weddings in places such as Ireland. They also book some cruise weddings. “People can have the weddings on the ship. But there are limited ports that will allow you to (go ashore to) get married.”

She said a few people choose an American destination wedding, but the deals are generally better in the Caribbean.

“If you go to do it in Miami you’re going to pay more than, say, Jamaica where they have the all-inclusive resorts and they have a basic package for booking a wedding that’s included in their cost.

“For the bride and groom, the basic package at an adults only is about $5,000. But if they want to add more flowers, live entertainment, sit-down dinners, the price can go up to $20,000 to $30,000.”

Lillo said the size of the wedding parties that go on destination cruises varies widely. “We have some very small and some with four or five couples and some as large as 80 to 150 guests.”

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