Imagine getting married in a gorgeous national park, or in a historic European city, or what about on a tropical beach. A destination wedding doesn’t have to be a far fetched dream.
Here are some good reasons why you should consider having a destination wedding.
- It’s easy to make a destination wedding fun and relaxed and none of you has home field advantage
- You get to cross something off your bucket list – you can can married anywhere. Think about all the spectacular scenery you may be in the midst of, and what unique photos that will come from that.
- Your wedding will be truly unique: You get to stand out from the crowd, and it will be an extraordinary memorable experience for everyone involved.
- A destination wedding is usually more intimate and personal than a traditional wedding.
You don’t have to feel obligated to to invite all those you normally would “feel you have to”, and the guests of your wedding will therefore be only your closest family and friends. As everyone will likely arrive and depart a few days before and/or after you get a few days in with your guests. It will be a great chance to share a special place with friends and family.
- It’s usually simpler and faster to plan a destination wedding. Many resorts offer free planning. And even if you have to pay yourself it’s worth it. You’ll miss out on a lot of stress if you use a good wedding planner.
- Having a wedding at an exotic location might actually save you money. You get the chance to have your wedding and honeymoon in one go. And even if that’s not for you, the guest list can be significantly reduced when choosing a far away destination. The wedding surroundings might be enough so that you can save a bit of money by not having to decorate so much. As a bonus your guests might save on group booking and get a lovely holiday.
- A destination wedding might make wedding date and season more flexible. You can go where ever the climate is most to your liking. You will also have more options in terms of week day.
Keep in mind:
- It will likely be more expensive for guests to attend, and some might opt out.
- Your family might be a bit disappointed, especially if they are hoping for a traditional hometown wedding.
- It might be hard to plan from a distance if you are not using a planner.
- You should prepare to have to fly in your photographer, planner, stylist etc. Be careful not to rely on resort photographers.
- Sort out any legal issues well in advance, and research what you will need in order to make the marriage legal in your home country and state.
- It could be quite challenging (and expensive) to have a large destination wedding.
- Your guests might have more expectations of what to do in the days before and after the wedding. Be prepared to suggests outings, and maybe more get togethers.
- Consider opting out of gift-giving, as your guest might have more than enough expenses with travel and accommodation.
Good luck in planning your destination wedding. I’d love it if you’ll share your experiences below.