The Pros and Cons of Having a Destination Wedding
Paperia | July 2015
Having a destination wedding can be a lot of fun for you and your guests, but isn’t right for everyone. If you’re thinking of having your wedding someplace other than around your general area, here are some pros and cons of having a destination wedding that you should consider.
-One of the biggest pros when it comes to having a destination wedding is having a vacation at the same time. Whether you choose a tropical location or not, you’ll most likely take some time before and after the wedding to spend at your destination, making your wedding into an entire vacation.
-Your honeymoon can be included. If you plan to stay at your destination location after your wedding, it could be a wonderful honeymoon spot. It would require less planning and after your wedding is over, you won’t have to go through the hassle of traveling…you’ll already be there!
-A large plus for many couples is that usually you can get a package deal on your wedding. Many places that are host to destination weddings have great tourism reputations and a number of resorts have a wedding coordinator on hand to help plan everything right there for you. They can even organize activities for your guests so they won’t be bored for even a minute!
-You will most likely save money on your reception because you probably won’t have as many guests attending. Even though there will be an extra travel cost, in the end, you most likely will have a smaller bill and, honestly, who wouldn’t love that?
-One of the biggest cons when it comes to having a destination wedding is realistically realizing that not all your invited guests will be able to make it. If you’re hoping for an intimate wedding, this won’t be a problem, but if you’re hoping to invite many family and friends, you’ll have to understand not everyone will be able to come. Between the time they will need to take off and the cost of travel, it’s not feasible for everyone to make it to destination weddings.
-It’s much more difficult to plan your wedding from afar. There will be a lot of communication between phone calls and emails and you might not easily get in touch with everyone at the time you need to.
-You will need to research the laws in place at your destination so you can be sure to obtain the needed documents to ensure your marriage is legal. You’ll also need to make sure you know which personal items to take with you (birth certificate, passport, etc.) to not only get there, but that you may need to finish certain paperwork.
If you think a destination wedding is right for you, you’ll probably save money and save some serious time planning. Just remember that there are both pros and cons, so carefully consider both sides before deciding what’s the best option for you!