If you’ve been hanging around our blog for a while, you know that we talk a lot about destination weddings. We share wedding planning tips and advice along with locations, venues, design, and more. But we’ve never actually talked about why you should have a destination wedding. Bonkers, right? No one has ever asked, but I think it’s high time we talk about this really big and important question.
Some couples know they want a destination wedding. Others think they want a destination wedding. And then there are couples who don’t know if they want a destination wedding. Destination weddings are great and spoiler alert, we love them. So, yes, we’re biased. But, we’re also big believers in doing what is right for you whatever that may be. So, should you have a destination wedding?
Today we’re going to share the top 10 reasons why couples have a destination wedding. If these reasons resonate with you, then perhaps you should have one too. And make sure you read all the way to the end of the post, because we’ve got a special surprise for you.
10 Reasons Why Couples Have a Destination Wedding
(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)
Reason #1 – The Budget
One of the biggest reasons couples choose to have a destination wedding is so that they can make their budget go further. Some couples choose to do it so that they can spend less (which by the way is possible, but depends on what you’re planning). But, many choose to do it because you can get more for your money especially if you choose an international location with a favorable exchange rate.
Reason #2 – To cut the guest count
Very related to the budget is the guest count. The reason a budget can go further is because there will be much fewer guests attending the wedding. You’ll naturally invite fewer guests to a destination wedding and even fewer guests will attend. Since the biggest factor in your budget is your guest count, having a destination wedding helps with this quite a bit. So, your money can be used for other items beyond the cost/head.
Reason #3 – To have an intimate wedding
Most couples also choose to do a destination wedding because they want it to be intimate. They want to be surrounded by those who truly know them and have a more intimate experience. Since destination weddings require time, money and travel, they naturally remove those who are not close to you. This results in a much smaller group of people who really want to be there.
Reason #4 – For the love of travel
Couples who choose to do a destination wedding are usually avid travelers. These are couples who are always off exploring or visiting someplace new. As a traveler, you naturally like the idea of having a destination wedding where people get to travel and experience something new.
Reason #5 – To have more than just a wedding
I speak to couples looking to do destination weddings all the time and one the of answers I hear most often when they explain to me why they are having a destination wedding is because they want more than just a wedding. Many times they’ve attended a destination wedding and loved the vibe of it. Or they just know it’s something they want. Either way, they care about making it more than just a one-night event. With destination weddings, you have the ability to plan multiple events surrounding the wedding.
Reason #6 – To spend time with guests
Couples who decide to have a destination wedding also chose to do it so they can spend time with their guests. They care about it being an intimate wedding and having more than just one night because they want to actually hang out with their guests. If you’ve attended weddings before you know that you barely see the couple. With a destination wedding, you get more time to be with and hang out with the people you love.
Reason #7 – To share a love of a place
Lots of times couples choose to do a destination wedding because they have a special connection to a particular place. They choose to celebrate their love in a place they love and also share that love with their guests. It could be the culture or the people or just the overall vibe of the destination that you love. It doesn’t matter the reason, it’s just special and you want your guests to experience that too.
Reason #8 – To have a vacation
No one hates a vacation. Well, unless you go somewhere lame or catch a disease or end up in a horrible hurricane. But, in general, everyone loves going on vacation. This includes both you and your guests. Vacations are fun, relaxing and exciting. You aren’t working and you get to just play. This also relaxes everyone, overbearing moms included.
Reason #9 – To have a unique wedding
Nobody wants a cookie cutter wedding. Those days are long gone. Having a destination wedding even without any design yet already creates a unique feeling, vibe, and style. But, add in your wedding design and you can really create something unique, special and meaningful.
Reason #10 – To have a good time
This is probably the biggest want that couples have for their weddings, whether you’re having a destination wedding or not. They want to have a good time and they want their guests to have fun. At a destination wedding, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time. Guests are on vacation, they are relaxed and happy already. When you throw in your wedding for good measure, guests can’t help but have a good time. You kind of can’t go wrong.
(Photo credit: What A Day! Photography)
Have I sold you on having a destination wedding? Haha… Nah, that’s not my intention, but if these reasons resonate with you, then a destination wedding is probably a good idea or at least one you should highly consider.
Now, if you are sold and thinking, “Sign me up!”, your next question is going to be, how the heck do I plan a destination wedding? To help you out we’ve got a surprise for you! It’s a free guide, The First Step – How to Start Planning Your Wedding. It’s totally free and will help you start planning the right way. Because you can do it and we’re here to help!