How To Choose A Location For Your Destination Wedding in 2021 or 2022

After a long 2020, things are starting to look up. We can see an end to COVID or at least a return to something close to pre-COVID life.

And while it’s not here yet, it’s coming!

Which means it’s time to start planning your destination wedding.

Because you’ve been waiting to start planning till things became a little more solid. Till you really felt hopeful about the future.

But now that the time has come and you’re ready to start planning, here’s the question… where should you have your destination wedding?

Because even though we can see an end coming, there are still some uncertainty and unknowns.

So it’s not like planning a wedding pre-COVID.

You need to put some additional thought into your destination wedding location so that it’s not only safe, but a good bet.

Because even once “normal” life resumes, not everything will automatically be as it once was, including your guests.

So you have to take that into account when choosing your destination wedding location in 2021. And the question is, what should you be looking for?

How to Choose A Destination Wedding Location in 2021

Bride and groom walking at their wedding amoungst the palm trees at a private estate wedding in Hawaii at Lanikuhonua by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

As I mentioned above, choosing a destination wedding location in 2021 is about choosing a good bet. And a good bet is a location that you don’t have to worry about.

One that you can feel pretty confident investing time and money into.

Because that’s what you’re doing when you’re planning a wedding.

So you want to choose a destination wedding location with these 5 criteria.

#1 – Low COVID rates and high vaccine rates

As we don’t know for sure what might happen, picking a location with low COVID rates and high vaccine rates will make it a safer bet. Because that means they’re doing what they need to do to protect their residents.

And by doing so, they’re also making their location safe for others.

Which means it’s safe for you and your guests.

Because things should only get better (hopefully). And if the location is already doing well, it stands to reason that they’ll only get even better. And open up more.

Which is good for you and your destination wedding.

#2 – Open to Tourists

You also want to choose a destination that is open to tourists. Because being open means they want people to come.

And if they want people to come now, that will remain a priority.

Which means that you and your guests will be able to travel there in the future.

Now, in some cases the location might have some travel requirements like a negative test or proof of vaccination. This is not a bad thing!

Like having low COVID rates and high vaccination rates, this means the location is working to make sure they’re protecting people. Which can only benefit you and your destination wedding down the road.

Bride and groom kiss at their airstream trailer glamping wedding at Autocamp Yosemite by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Mary Meck Weddings)

#3 – Short and Easy Travel For Guests

People are only just starting to consider traveling. And for some it may take while before they’re comfortable getting on a plane or going a far distance.

So you’re going to want to pick a destination wedding location that is easy to get to for the majority of your guests.

And by easy, I mean one with a shorter distance and with a limited number of stops.

So don’t pick the location that requires 2 flights and a boat ride. Or the location that requires 12 hours of travel.

Picking a location that’s easy to get to will make it not only easier on your guests, but also more comfortable as they ease back into traveling.

#4 – Lots of Outdoor Wedding Locations and Activity Options

You also want to choose a destination wedding location with lots of outdoor options. This is not only for the wedding itself, but for other activities.

Because once again while your guests are likely excited to celebrate with you, they also may still feel nervous.

So, having your destination wedding and all of the activities outdoors is safer.

And it will make your guests more comfortable.

So, choose a destination wedding location that is outdoor friendly with lots of options so that you have options as you start planning.

Bride and groom at their multicultural Hindu wedding in the vineyards at wine country venue Calistoga Ranch by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emik Nikora)

#5 – Staying Within Comfort Zones

The last criteria you want to think about when choosing a destination wedding location in 2021 is staying within your guest’s comfort zones.

That means choosing a location that is easy and approachable.

And by easy and approachable, I mean a place that’s not hard for them to get around, converse, eat or assimilate.

Because you don’t want to add any additional stress on top of what they might be feeling.

Now it’s important to know that easy and approachable can mean different things to different people.

So you’re going to have to think about your specific guest’s comfort zones (and how travel savvy they are) and try to avoid anything that they would find exotic or overwhelming.

Because you want to choose a destination wedding location that is a good bet not just for travel purposes, but for your guests.

A place they’ll feel comfortable in and traveling to.

COVID is scary and stressful enough by itself. So choosing a destination wedding location in 2021 that makes planning and attending your wedding easy is key.

Both for your guests and for your own sake.

Because nobody needs more stress.

And we can help with that! We can not only help you find the right destination wedding location for you, but we’ll also help you plan it.

So you don’t have to figure out or navigate through all the destination wedding and COVID pitfalls. Contact us today and we’ll make planning your destination wedding a breeze.

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