destination wedding
n. A wedding that takes place out of town, usually at a vacation resort.
"The destination wedding trend is just booming," said Tiffany Wentz, a spokeswoman for SuperClubs, which owns resorts in Jamaica and the Bahamas. She said the company has 80 to 100 weddings a month at each of its seven properties.
—Karen Schwartz, “Wedding at exotic locale makes saying 'I do' easier,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 04, 1997
1990 (earliest)
These so-called "destination weddings" are more popular for second marriages. But Monaghan said that even first weddings are being held at resorts these days.
—Linda Shrieves, “Wedding march is on to Orlando,” Orlando Sentinel Tribune, September 11, 1990
In 1996, 65,000 couples opted for destination weddings to avoid the usual hassles associated with wedding ceremonies (guest lists, bands, catering, etc.) and to give themselves an instantly romantic location for their honeymoon.