Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

Are you considering walking down the aisle on an isle? Check out these 7 points to consider before you say “I do.”

1. The Guest List


Sarah Parrott

Pro: The people you DON’T love, won’t be there
If you’re looking to have an intimate wedding and to share this occasion with those who love and know you best, a destination wedding is a good way to weed out all the others.

Con: Some people you DO love, won’t be there
Weddings are joyous occasions, and there is something to be said for being surrounded not only by your closest friends and family, but also by people who knew you when, and others who are a part of your life but maybe not at the center.

If you get married far away, you miss out on the chance to share this moment with your wider circles.

2. The Cost


Pro: Less expensive for you
Owing to the fact that they’re smaller, because currencies vary, because you can get package deals… If you don’t want to spend a fortune, destination weddings can be surprisingly inexpensive.

Con: More expensive for your guests
Unless you’re planning to foot the cost of transportation and lodging for everyone attending, air fare and a hotel room will most likely cost much more than your typical wedding gift.

3. The Duration


Pro: Your wedding will last a few days, not just a few hours.
It always seems a shame when you spend significant amounts of time and money on something that’s over before you know it. A destination wedding allows you to enjoy quality time with special people in a special place.

Con: Your wedding will last a few days, not just a few hours.
Let’s face it, not every family and certainly not every two families want to spend serious amounts of time together. Before you plan a destination wedding, make sure you feel good about the idea of a 3 day Thanksgiving dinner.

4. The Planning

Cake (300 x 450)

Terry Johnston

Pro: Less planning
Many cruises, resorts, and hotels offer destination wedding packages or planning services. Choose a location and have someone else handle the rest!

Con: Less control
If someone else is doing the planning for you in a faraway place, there are a whole lot of decisions being made for you. You won’t see the hall beforehand, taste the food, or choose the decorations.

5. The Details


Pro: You won’t get bogged with details.
Here is a little secret many couples forget: you don’t have to interview 10 florists, 15 stationers, and 26 caterers to have a “perfect” day.

If your wedding is taking place in another city, state, or country, you’re less likely to get bogged down with minutiae.

Con: You might not get what you want
Were you recently a party with the best DJ ever? Did your friend’s makeup artist have her looking like an A-list celebrity? Does your mouth still water when you think of the hors d’oeuvres at your cousin’s reception?

Doesn’t matter.  Those vendors are unavailable to you and you might not end up with exactly what you want.

6. The Scenery


Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

Pro: Trade in your dreary town in for a breath-taking beach.
If you have a perfect environment in mind for a wedding – whether it’s a beach, on board a ship, or in a medieval castle, you can make that happen. The sky is the limit!

Con: You won’t be alone
To fit in with your guests you might end up getting married in “tourist season” which will mean “crowds” and “higher prices.”

7. The Honeymoon



Pro: You can combine your wedding with your honeymoon!
An effective way to save money and savor the day(s).

Con: Your family and friends will be there too.
Making said honeymoon less than ideal.

What’s the verdict? Is getting away and getting married the right combination for you? Did you have the perfect destination wedding? Post up your comments and let us know!

If you liked this, you might also like 8 Tips for Traveling as a Couple.

3 thoughts on “Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?”

  1. You can be alone, or at least alone with just your invited guests. There a many private villas specializing in destination weddings where you have all the facilities of a 5* hotel but are the only people staying there. You have the benefit of a very personal service from highly experienced full time staff as well as a wedding planner to organize everything for you. Check out our website for some ideas of how special your wedding day can be at a private villa in the Dominican Republic.

  2. John and I had a destination wedding and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. No fuss, no muss, and we got to share what we are most passionate about in the world – travel – with our closest friends and family. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

  3. Theme weddings are really catching up in India as well, we recently did a wedding for a small group of 40 People, took over a Palace and everybody got dressed up really in Indian Clothes. Talking to people who were there, they felt that this was a lifetime experience.

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