A trend that is growing ever more popular is the destination wedding. It’s not for everyone and it’s a little off the beaten path, but you can create such an amazing experience. You can have everything from the exotic to old world to sandy beaches or all of the above. It’s about being in a different place with a different culture.
I myself had a destination wedding and I must say there is something wonderful about celebrating an important day like your wedding in a place that you have a connection to, but don’t live in and aren’t from. You get to create new memories in a place that will now always be special to you. It also becomes a vacation for you and your guests, which can add an extra element of fun to the event. For my destination wedding, we really wanted to create an experience and give our guests the opportunity to do things they may never have had a chance to do. With a destination wedding, you get to create those new experiences with your loved ones.
While destination weddings are fun, different and exciting, they do come with their added issues. There are several things you have to plan for that you wouldn’t normally. For example, travel issues like passports, vaccinations and flight delays. There are also language and cultural barriers you have to consider in addition to fluctuating exchange rates and just unfamiliar territory. These issues will affect not only your planning but your guests as well. So, perhaps you like the idea of a destination wedding, but you are wondering, is it right for you? Here are 3 important factors to consider before you have a destination wedding.
3 Factors to Consider Before You Have a Destination Wedding
1.The Guest list. First off all, think about your guest list. Are there family members or friends that you must have at your wedding but who you know cannot travel either due to age, health issues or money issues? If so, then a destination wedding is not a good idea. Instead, you’ll want to keep the location close by to ensure that everyone you want to be there can attend. You don’t want to be off in Italy or Fiji or Bali getting ready for your big day and be thinking about how your grandmother is not there. On the flip side, having a destination wedding (especially a far away one) will also ensure that the people who do attend, really want to be there.
2. The size of your wedding. Another factor to consider is the size of wedding you are looking to have. Do you want a large or small wedding? Destination weddings tend to be on the smaller size not only because the likelihood of a large number of people attending is small, but also because the couples who have destination weddings tend to want a smaller wedding. There are less guests to worry about and coordinating 25 vs. 200 people in a foreign country is a big difference when it comes to logistics. There is also the budget to consider. Having a large group at a destination wedding will inevitably cost you more than having that same large group at a venue in your area.
3. Who you are. The last factor to consider is what type of person you and your fiancé are. Are you traditional or a bit outside the box? Destination weddings tend to attract couples that are more independent and are looking to do something different. Are you easy going and can adapt to unexpected changes? You have to be able to give up a good amount of control with destination weddings because there are many aspects that you will just not be able to nit pick over. Something always goes awry at a wedding, but is even more common at destination weddings. You have to be able to go with the flow and have a great time no matter what happens. It could be things like a labor strike, bad weather, the wrong flowers, or an ambulance in the background during your ceremony. Think of the volcano that erupted in Iceland last April and the chaos to air travel that it caused. People couldn’t get out of Europe, people couldn’t fly in; it was madness. Imagine that happened right before your wedding, could you handle it? Or would you freak out and break down? Destination weddings are not for the faint of heart or for the Type A control freak.
Consider these factors when deciding if a destination wedding is right for you. If you are flexible and willing to work with the potential issues, then I say go for it! A destination wedding isn’t for everyone, but if it is right for you, I can promise you’ll have the time of your life.