The idea of an adventurous getaway while tying the knot is one of the reasons destination weddings are becoming popular. However, do your homework before deciding whether a getaway wedding is right for you.
Here are the pros and cons.
You’ll spend more time with the guests
Traditional weddings allow for only a few minutes of conversation with each guest. But at a destination wedding, you’ll have an entire week to spend with your closest friends and family and there’ll be fewer distractions after your ceremony is over.
Instead of renting out a grand hall that will accommodate 200 guests, you’ll save money with a destination wedding. It’s perfect for intimate ceremonies on the beach. And check out the many discounts offered, based on group bookings and resort options.
It’s perfect for small weddings
You avoid having to invite your boss or that cousin you dislike. Destination weddings give you the option of inviting just your closest friends and family.
You’ll have time to relax
This is the perfect opportunity for some R&R. Destinations weddings combine wedding and vacation, so relax with your spouse-to-be and guests. Most of the planning happens before you get to your destination, so you’ll have lots of time to relax.
You’ll be planning from miles away
For traditional weddings, you can visit the venue, taste the food and meet all the retailers. Planning a long-distance event makes you depend on a stranger for the decision-making. Work with the experienced planner provided by most resorts.
Not all of your close friends will come
While a destination wedding may be cheaper for you, it’s not as affordable for many. Or it may not be at a location where they are interested in spending both money and vacation time.
Just because the bridal couple books for a week, guests aren’t required to also book for a week. When they agree to attend their only obligation is to be on hand for the wedding.
There are local rules to consider
Every destination has guidelines regarding residency requirements or waiting times for marriage licences. You may also need specific documentation in order to make your marriage legal. Check with a wedding planner or your destination’s government officials.
You can avoid this issue by legally tieing the knot back home and hold a ceremony at the destination.
Research cultural barriers
It’s common to encounter cultural barriers with the resort’s staff and locals – especially with the language differences. Be aware of your destination’s cultural customs and local business hours. Discuss these issues with your wedding planner.