Pros and Cons of a Destination Wedding
Paperia | July 2014
The decision to host a destination wedding takes careful consideration. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not it’s right for you.
- Unlimited location, scenery, climate option
- Truly unique and memorable experience
- Smaller guest list – more quality time with each person
- Neutral territory that does not favor the bride or groom’s hometown
- The opportunity for you and your guests to travel and see a new place and culture
- Some locations have limited vendor options, and shipping items may be challenging/expensive
- Some guests may be unable to make the trip
- Possibility of severe weather in tropical locations
- Less control in planning the smaller details since you are not on-site
- More travel logistics to coordinate and communicate; passport and marriage license legalities to consider
If you decide to go the destination wedding route, make sure you obtain the blessing of your immediate families as well as any other person that you absolutely must have in attendance before signing any contracts.
Whenever possible, it can be incredibly helpful – if not imperative – to take one or two “planning trips” to the destination to work with your planner personally. Also, it is good form to notify your intended bridal party members that you’re having a destination wedding before inviting them to participate. That way, they will have the ability to factor in the financial obligation before accepting.
With clear and timely communication, the ability to relinquish full control, and an awareness that some surprises may pop up, you’ll be sure to make the best out of a destination wedding celebration!