In the last 10 years, destination weddings have become more and more popular. However, the question remains – is it right for you? There are many benefits to choosing to have a destination wedding.
Spending a luxurious wedding weekend at a destination, say Key West, can often cost less than a seated dinner at a nice location. Choosing to have a destination wedding also gives you the option of having an intimate affair, eliminating the need for you to feel like you have invite everyone you’ve ever met in life. This in turn allows you to focus on the people you love most, not to mention, alleviates some of the cost per person.
When it comes to destination weddings, wedding planners are simply priceless. A good wedding planner will help alleviate the stress of planning and allow you to actually enjoy the process. With their knowledge and experience, planners will be able to take care of the minutiae details that never even occur to you. Hiring a wedding planner can actually save you money as well since many coordinators have existing relationships with the vendors in the area and can often negotiate the best rates, not to mention package deals.
It always seems a shame when you spend significant amounts of time and money on something that’s over before you know it. However, a destination wedding will last longer than the few hours of a traditional wedding and will give you an opportunity to spend more time with the people you love the most.
Another benefit is the option to combine your wedding with your honeymoon. By doing so, you not only save money but hours or days of travel time that you could be enjoying. Destination weddings also give your guests the opportunity for some vacation time as well. Some couples choose to continue their honeymoon with their wedding guests, while others do not. The choice is yours.
In the same token, what some may see as pros may actually be cons. For example, while some may view having the extra time to spend with families and friends as a pro – others may cringe at the thought of all those hours of togetherness. Some couples may worry that by choosing to have a destination wedding they won’t get the “traditional” honeymoon.
Another challenge that can come with a destination wedding is that you are essentially planning your wedding long distance, which means you may not get to see the venue in person beforehand or taste the food, etc. You will have less control of the details than if you were planning a wedding in your home city or hometown. This is why we stress the importance of hiring a wedding planner when it comes to destination weddings.
Again, another con that others may see as a pro (and vice versa), is the fact that when it comes to transportation and lodging accommodations, destination weddings are more expensive for your guests. Even if you only want to invite a select amount of guests, not all of them will be able to attend either due to cost or scheduling conflicts.
In the end, only you, as a couple, can decide if a destination wedding is right for you. True, the planning can be complicated when you’re trying to plan from home, but with the right people and resources, the experience of a destination wedding can be an adventure of a lifetime.
The photo above is of Jessica and Tim, one of our fabulous couples from New York. Photo is provided by Studio Julie.