How the Travel Ban Could Affect Your Destination Wedding

Destination Weddings by Mango Muse Events

Just over a week ago, President Trump enacted a travel ban on refugees, immigrants, and tourists from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.  While I do share my personal opinions from time to time on the blog, this post is not about that.  I’m not here to get on a soapbox or argue.  What I do want to discuss is the ramifications of what the travel ban could mean for your destination wedding, honeymoon or travels.

Now, first off, I don’t want to scare you.  There is a lot of talk and a lot of unknowns.  The travel ban is currently suspended, but no one knows what tomorrow will bring.  I know you’re planning ahead and thus the unknowns are hard to work with.

But, here’s the reality:  If you’re in the midst of planning your destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation in another country (or in the US), this travel ban could affect you.  Here’s how the travel ban could affect you and your destination wedding and the 3 factors to consider when planning so you can make a decision and/or take a risk you’re comfortable with.

How the travel ban could affect you &

3 factors to consider when planning for your destination wedding

Factor #1 – You

The first factor is you and your fiancé.  What is your situation?  Are you a US citizen? Or are you here on a visa?  Are you in the process of getting a green card?  If one or both of you are not yet US citizens, there is a chance you could have a problem getting married elsewhere.  There may be a problem not only with the legal side of getting married, but returning back to the US.

Even if you aren’t coming from one of the countries singled out by the travel ban, you may still get a bit hassled.  The question is whether you want to deal with that.  The easiest way to get over this hurdle is to get married in the US before you travel internationally.  Get everything squared away before you head off to your destination wedding or honeymoon. This way the chances of you having an issue is much smaller.

Now if you’re coming from another country and planning on getting married in the US, your situation is a little different.  You may run into some entry issues just depending on the country you’re coming from.  Or you may have no trouble at all.  Just keep it in mind as you’re planning.

Bride and groom smiling at their Hawaii destination wedding by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

Factor #2 – Your Guests

The second factor is your guests.  And there are two different situations you’ll want to think about.

The first is whether any of your guests from the US are in a situation where it might make it hard for them to return to the US.  Maybe they’re immigrants or on a visa.  Maybe they’re originally from one of the countries listed on the ban.  Think through your guests to see if you have anyone who may be in this situation.

The second is if you’re having a wedding in the US, but you have guests flying in.  Hypothetically if they aren’t coming from one of the countries listed in the travel ban, then they should be ok.  But, if you have a high contingency of international guests coming from a predominantly Muslim country, it may be harder for them to enter.  Your guests may also choose not to come if they’re worried.  The same goes if you’re not a US resident/citizen and you’re planning a destination wedding in the US.  As I said these are unknowns, but it’s something to factor in as you’re planning.

A wedding ceremony right in front of the ocean at a Hawaii destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

Factor #3 – Your Location

We made reference to this in the first two factors, but your location is the final factor to consider.  If you’re planning on getting married in the US and having people flying in from other countries, you may have a higher drop-off.  You could have guests who choose not to come because it might be harder for them.  If any of these guests are must-haves, make sure to keep that in mind when you choose your wedding location.

If you’re planning on getting married internationally, you may also have some drop-off.  You could have guests who choose not to travel out of the country because they don’t want to deal with any hassles.  In addition, you may also experience a type of tourist tax depending on the country or area you choose.  Right now, there are just rumors and speculation at this point, but there is a possibility that some countries may not be as welcoming to US travelers.  If you don’t want to have to worry about this stay within the US instead.  For example, consider Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands if you want a tropical destination wedding.

Bride and groom at the beach wedding in Hawaii by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

All the unknowns of the travel ban make it hard for planning purposes.  I get it.  But, if you consider these 3 factors when making your wedding, honeymoon or travel plans, you’ll at least be taking into account all the possibilities.  Because what you don’t want is to forget someone or something.  And then inadvertently make plans that don’t work and have to change things later.

Keep these 3 factors in mind and make a decision that feels right for you.  You can’t control what Trump or another country does or what your guests will do.  All you can do is understand the possible scenarios and plan accordingly.


Are you planning your destination wedding and feeling overwhelmed? You’re not quite sure what you should be doing or if what you’re doing is right? Does this sound familiar? We understand and we want to help make wedding planning easier and happier.

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