For those of you who are thinking or planning a destination wedding, may it be a tropical beach destination or a romantic European destination, it is not as bad as you think. The thought of hosting your big day and wedding planning could be overwhelming itself so how would taking the wedding in a foreign country be of any help? Contrary to the popular belief, it is not as bad as you think. Here are some great reasons and tips as to why you should consider a destination wedding.
Tips For A Great Destination Wedding
The World Is Your Limit
With so many places in the world, your options are endless. Besides, for you to tie the knot is what ever strikes your fancy. Your fantasy wedding can be in locations that are out of the ordinary and romantic. Have you thought about a castle in France? A sunny beach in the Seychelles Islands? Perhaps a vineyard in California or a mountain view in Canada? The list is endless. So choose a place that is special to you and make your big day a one to talk all your life. Think beyond the typical and traditional places.
Expensive? Think Again
Most of us think that it would be very expensive to have a destination wedding. But take a look at this factor. In 2009, the average cost for 100 guests at a destination wedding is $17,000. Compare that with the same number of guests for a traditional wedding. The average cost is $25,000 and it can go higher. And guess what? You probably will not have 100 guest traveling to say Mexico so it could be cheaper. What I like about destination weddings is that it tends to be smaller. In return such a ceremony makes it more intimate.
Wedding And Honeymoon In One Vacation Destination
If you choose your wedding destination wisely, you can have both your wedding and honeymoon in the same vacation destination. Now that is a bonus and will save you money for sure. What’s more is that it will be a vacation spot for your guests as well. So if you choose the right location, you will have your honeymoon, and your guests will be occupied with activities such as group dinners or local sight seeing tours.
Easily Match Wedding Dress To The Destination
Along with choosing the destination, you have to have the proper wedding dress. If you are thinking of a flowing, white wedding dress with flowers in your hair, then the place that suits best is the beach front. On the other hand, if you are looking into a castle type wedding, it’s best you have a fancy, elegant ball wedding gown. One last thing, make sure you pick the destination at the right time of the year. For example, don’t pick the Caribbean during hurricane season.
Tip: When it comes to photos, beaches or natural environment makes great wedding pictures. A background with sun setting or a mountain view can make the destination wedding photos extra special.
Bye Bye Wedding Planning Hassles
When you have a destination wedding, there is less hassle involved with the wedding planning aspect. Why I say this is that, many popular wedding destinations such as Mexico or the Caribbean resorts have wedding planners who will take care of arranging everything for you. That will leave you to just show up and enjoy your special day. Your travel agent can be your best friend at times like this. They can coordinate all of the details of your preference with the location you will be at. Everything from marriage license to airfare for your guests. Less stressful for you and the day will be yours to enjoy.
If you’re on the fence about destination weddings, these reasons must have cleared them for you. What’s important of a wedding is to get together with your loved one in a romantic and memorable setting. What better way to do it than going out of the traditional route everyone else went and enjoy a destination wedding.
You are spot on Luisa! Many couples I know don’t like to travel after the wedding. A destination wedding is perfect for them as it not only saves money and traveling time but lets you enjoy, and as you said, gives the feeling of “eloping”, which I think is romantic too :)
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I like the idea of the honeymoon and wedding in one. I don’t want to spend a whole day traveling after my wedding. I want to get right to the fun! Also, a destination wedding would have more of an “eloping” kind of feel which seems more romantic.