Recessionista Report: Destination Weddings, Health Costs, And Domestic Abuse

  • Destination Weddings: A growing number of couples are choosing to say “I do” under the Caribbean sun, rather than having a traditional wedding in their hometown, even though we’re in a recession. A survey by Destination Weddings predicts the destination wedding industry will grow to $16 billion this year, compared with $13 billion last year and $3 billion in 2001. A destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort can be cheaper than a traditional wedding. “Weddings at home tend to be larger,” said Cathy Preece, a tourism industry expert who represents the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. “Brides who are here have their mother who says you have to invite this person and this person.” But the couple having a destination wedding tends to only invite close family and friends — 48 guests, on average. Unfortunately, destinations that are farther away haven’t had the surge that the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida have enjoyed. [Reuters]
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    Crave: Feed The Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide

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