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A different view of the Mediterranean will be the backdrop for Lebanese weddings this summer as a growing number of nuptials are being planned abroad.Fear of violence and political unrest during the busy wedding season, among other factors, has motivated couples to seek out surer shores in Europe on which to tie the knot, wedding industry professionals told The Daily Star.For one, the number of brides enlisting wedding planners is down.Popular spots include cities along the Mediterranean in Cyprus, Turkey, southern France, Italy and Spain, Boustany said. She and several wedding planners attributed the rise in destination weddings to the instability experienced last summer. Financial factors are also driving couples away, several wedding planners said. The draw of weddings abroad has come at the expense of wedding planners, who are experiencing an unusually slow season, said Mario Nehmeh of Pro-Events Group.The number of expatriates returning home to wed has fallen since a peak wedding season in 2012, Boustany from Chateau Ruwaiss said.For whatever reason, summers tend to see a greater breakdown in security, which has led some couples to save their big days for the less-predictable weather of October, Boustany said.
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