love elevated – saint lucia wedding symposium

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already know this but I recently went on a press trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia for the Love Elevated Wedding Symposium and had an absolute blast! That whole island is SO easy to love… I left worrying about whether Hawaii might realize that my heart had been stolen.

Over the course of the next two weeks I’ll be sharing various posts about my time there with images by the wonderful Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography – and it’s all kicking off today with a look at what exactly the Love Elevated Wedding Symposium is and what I learned there.

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Hosted at Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, the Love Elevated Wedding Symposium brings together the island’s finest wedding pros in addition to speakers from Saint Lucia, the US, and the UK. This year’s topics were pretty interesting and included things like US Destination Wedding News. What Brides Expect from Destination Weddings, and UK Wedding Trends.

A definite highlight for me (aside from meeting Saint Lucian superstar Chef Nina Compton of Top Chef!!) was hearing Julie Albauch – the host of the ever so popular #WeddingMarketChat. What she shared was invaluable and she was a complete doll.

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I’m normally not a numbers fan but there were so many interesting stats presented at this symposium I actually wrote them down to share with you…


24% of US weddings are destination weddings

of those…

41% go to the Caribbean
21% go to Mexico
16% go to Hawaii

The average destination wedding has 75 guests.
For international destination weddings it drops to 50 guests.

1 in 4 UK couples marry abroad


I think we all know that brides are integrating more and more technology into their wedding planning process… but these numbers took even me aback!

Millennial brides account for 83% of all wedding clients.
Millennial brides research more than ever and 57% of that research is done via the web.
64% of brides organize their research and inspiration on Pinterest and 54% of those brides use those pins to communicate their wedding vision to others.
75% of brides connect with brands related to their wedding on social media.

And the very best stat of them all…

94% of brides read wedding blogs at least once a week!

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Promptness is important. If you respond to a potential bride within the first 5 minutes you’ll increase your chance of booking by 90%

Because of how much millennial brides research it’s more important than ever to have an updated website, a blog where you regularly share your latest work, and a strong presence on social media.


Saint Lucia should definitely be on your list of places to consider for your destination wedding and / or honeymoon… need convincing? Be sure to check back here over the next two weeks to see why!


Photography: Bit of Ivory Photography.

Flights, accommodations, meals, activities, and transportation were all provided by The Saint Lucia Tourist Board. All opinions are my own. 

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. I had no idea that that many destination weddings were in the Caribbean!

  2. Can’t wait to see more of your adventures! Such interesting stats so far!

  3. Thanks for sharing Sara! 94% of brides read wedding blogs once a week, yay!

  4. Stunning photos! Really interesting stats too. Sounds like an amazing trip.

  5. The stats were ultra fascinating to me, and I loved hearing Julie’s insight, too! (Can’t wait to relive the other St. Lucia memories! <3)

  6. What lovely photos of Saint Lucia! I’m surprised by some of the stats. Very interesting!

  7. Great post and beautiful images from Chelsea, of course!

  8. Can’t wait to see and hear more!

  9. Looks like a wonderful experience!

  10. So amazing! This looks like it was such a great experience.

  11. Couldn’t agree more with the point on vendors having an up to date web presence with examples of work for brides. Great post and look forward to all the pretty pics <3


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