The big day is looming for William and Kate, and if it all gets too much with the in-laws, they could well consider the growing trend of escaping further afield, as new research from Mintel reveals one in five weddings (18%) now take place abroad. Indeed, since 2005, the number of ceremonies abroad has risen an impressive 27% – up from 45,000 and reaching just over 57,000 in 2010.

The idea of getting away from it all to wed abroad has never been more popular and the rise has come as the number of weddings taking place in the UK has continued to fall. An estimated 266,000 UK weddings took place in 2010 marking a 7% drop over the five years since 2005. In 2010, the average wedding abroad cost