destination WEDDINGS

Destination weddings have become a growing trend among couples. Many are choosing to get married away from home. Now don’t get the wrong idea. We are not talking about getting eloped. Eloping is completely different. Elopement used to describe when a couple ran away together to get married as they are unable to obtain the approval of family and friends. It used to be quite a bad thing to do. It reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, except that love story ended horribly, not remotely close to happily ever after. So elopements describe spur-of-the-moment, whirlwind weddings.

Destination weddings differ greatly in that a lot of planning goes into it – on average, more than a year of planning is involved. If that much time is needed to plan a destination wedding, why not just have it at home (or in your home city if your backyard can’t fit everyone)?

TOP REASONS TO HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING

Destination Weddings 1

they’re ALMOST stress-free

Many wedding planners special in destination weddings and they can take care of all the details for you. Another option is to go with the on-site hotel/resort/cruise line wedding coordinator who are familiar with the local marriage requirements and can take care of everything other than signing the papers for you. For the brave ones out there, you can do-it-yourself as many tourism boards are offering brochures listing recommended ceremony sites and local wedding vendors in the area as a way to attract business to the local community.

no family DRAMA

The coming together of two people sometimes becomes the coming together of two families, two cultures, two sets of traditions. Everyone wants to have their input and be listened to, failing to remember the wedding should be about the bride and the groom. Getting married on a remote island takes the attention off the fighting families and back onto the cute couple.

Destination Weddings 2

they’re CHEAP cost-effective

Especially for couples from developed countries, weddings are a costly expense. The affordability of destinations weddings makes them really attractive. Depending on where the couple chooses to get married, it is possible to get married, have a honeymoon and still have money left over for your dream home. For example, “a couple can fly to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, get married, and stay for a deluxe weeklong honeymoon for a few thousand dollars, including lodging, meals, drinks, and airfare”. This is a huge contrast to a traditional wedding with the average 150-guest which can cost anywhere from $22,000 to more than $40,000 in major cities, not including the several thousand needed for a honeymoon. Don’t forget, for destination weddings, the wedding is part of the honeymoon.

YOU make the rules

It’s not a traditional wedding so you don’t have to follow tradition. You can wear flip flops and a bikini, go barefoot in a sundress or walk down the aisle in running shoes and shorts. You decide! Have your wedding reflect who you are – a unique individual!

Destination Weddings 3

once-in-a-lifetime QUALITY playtime

At traditional weddings, the bride and groom are too busy and way too nervous to have time to meet and greet everyone, let alone have time to chat. Destination weddings are great in that it’s essentially a week (or more) long vacation with your family and intimate friends. After dealing with the necessary paperwork, you can use the remainder of the time to hang out with friends attending from distant countries, catch up with childhood friends you rarely get to see, or spend quality time with your future other half.

PERFECT for your second time

If it’s your second time tying the knot, you might prefer a more private and simple ceremony. There may be various reasons for this: your first wedding was already a fairytale wedding without the fairytale ending and you would like to keep it under budget this time around or you would the wedding to be quiet and anonymous, away from the nosy neighbors and workmates back home. Either way, destination weddings work for you even if you both have kids from your last marriage. Bring them along to a kid-friendly all-inclusive resort or cruise so that the new family can start forming lasting bonds.

[Image Credits: Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Stahr Events, Island Villa]

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