Not everyone is a good fit for a destination wedding. For the same reason that some people want a big church wedding while others prefer a small backyard ceremony, it boils down to what works best for the bride and groom – and the parents, friends, other family, etc.
However, if tying the knot on a gorgeous beach or in a lush garden is something you’ve considered, here are five of the best reasons I know to explore a destination wedding -
#1) Cost -
With the cost of weddings averaging $25, 000 or more, many couples find a significant cost savings by having a destination wedding – especially since the wedding and honeymoon are often combined into one trip. Some resorts, especially in Mexico and the Caribbean, even offer free wedding packages that include a variety of wedding services and amenities depending on how many rooms and/or nights are booked at their property. Many of these even offer customizable packages for a very reasonable cost. Many of these customized ceremonies price under $5,000 for the entire wedding.
While this represents a cost savings for the bride and groom, it may mean some of your guests may be unable to attend due to the extra travel costs associated with a destination wedding. Before booking your wedding in that tropical paradise, you may want to get a feel for who can attend especially if it is important that they be part of the ceremony. Often, a destination wedding will afford your guests a vacation of their own while also celebrating your big day.
#2) Your Wedding and Honeymoon All in One -
Sometimes, planning for your honeymoon takes almost as much time and effort as the actual wedding. A destination wedding is the perfect way to do everything all at once making the planning process easier and much less stressful for the bride and groom.
#3) A Truly Memorable Experience -
Having your wedding an exotic location makes it truly unique and memorable for both you and your closest friends and family. Not only will they be able to celebrate your marriage on your special day but also for the entire time they are in the destination with you. Plus, many resorts offer plenty of ways to customize your wedding to fit your personality – from stunning settings to tropical flower arrangements.
#4) Quality vs Quantity -
For many couples, a destination wedding is ideal for them as it relieves some of the pressure of being the center of attention in front of hundreds of people. In some cases, the wedding can become more about your guests than about you and spouse-to-be. The intimacy of a destination wedding means you can spend more time with the people that mean the most to you for longer than just your wedding day. You can enjoy a more quality experience even though the quantity of people is less.
#5) Something for Everyone -
Even if your guests can’t or don’t want to stay at the same resort as your ceremony, many resorts do offer day passes. This allows those guests to attend your wedding as well as use the public facilities such as the pools, restaurants, and other common areas.
Some resorts such as Sandals, Riu, Iberostar, Palladium, and Barceló have sister properties with the same resort complex or city that allow exchange privileges. This can give your guests options for accommodations without unnecessarily incurring extra expenses to attend your wedding.
Choosing to have the special event in an exotic destination – especially a tropical one – can be a tough decision to make. Whether you choose a local venue or not, it is important to remember that this will be your wedding, your special day, and the start of a new life with your new spouse.
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!
- Capt Getaway
Ease-Up! Travel Services is a Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist. With special relationships with such well-respected resorts such as Sandals, Couples, El Dorado, Palace, and others, my company goes to great lengths to ensure the best possible experience for your budget. I offer free consultations for my clients for all manner of getaways. Click here to visit my website and schedule a time to talk. Click here to visit my Facebook page.