Beach services, big diamonds dominate trends



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Models wearing bridal fashion head down the catwalk during the Bridal Fantasy fashion show yesterday.

An increasing number of couples are leaving Canada to get hitched rather than paying thousands of dollars for a traditional wedding at home, a travel agent specializing in wedding vacations says.

Elicia Jump, a leisure and travel consultant who books honeymoon and wedding trips, says couples are starting to catch on to the trend because the idea of getting married on a tropical beach is much more casual than a traditional wedding.

"These trips are for people who don’t want the big, traditional expensive wedding," Jump said at the Bridal Fantasy wedding show yesterday. And the number of couples booking wedding trips, she says, is increasing every year, while the cost is thousands less than a traditional ceremony.

But some trends in wedding styles have also turned more expensive as some couples are paying for more diamonds and rhinestones, says Heidi Dennis, a show producer with Bridal Fantasy.

The wedding expo saw thousands of young couples wonder around the booths in Northlands yesterday, but no official attendance numbers were released. At one of the booths, wedding planner Katherine Lomax said she has clients that can afford weddings that hover around the $100,000 range.

She says more people are also using her services because couples can’t find the time to plan their own wedding.

"It’s really difficult for brides because of their busy lives — it is a lot of work," she said.