Destination Weddings: Escaping Expectations
Have you ever thought about tying the knot in a beautiful,
What could be more romantic than jetting off to one of your
favorite places in the world and exchanging vows in a unique
and picturesque setting?
Unfortunately, many couples abandon this dream because they
feel obligated to take the plunge closer to home. As soon-to-be-newlyweds,
it's easy to succumb to the expectations of your friends and
family rather than get married the way you really want to
when one or both of your parents are footing the bill.
All that being said, it is possible to have your wedding
exactly where you want it to be while still including your
close friends and family. The key is planning ahead. Send
out save-the-date cards close to a year in advance to give
potential guests the opportunity to plan the trip. Many people
will probably be delighted to have an excuse to visit a lovely,
far-off locale, but you must give them time to plan their
vacation around your wedding date.
Destination weddings are more practical than you may think.
In many cases, they save money; many locations offer all-inclusive
wedding packages for just a few thousand dollars or less.
They also allow you to be creative in how you plan your wedding.
For example, a beach wedding may allow you to forego flowers
and formal attire altogether. Remember that this is your day
and you and your beloved deserve to have exactly the wedding
that you want. Your close family and friends will be more
than happy to join you if you give them enough notice.
Tips for Planning your Destination Wedding:
If you plan to get married outside of the country, contact
the country's consulate, US Embassy or Tourism Bureau for
marriage license requirements. Make sure you understand all
legal details and are able to produce all required documentation.
If you plan to marry within the U.S., contact the county's
marriage license bureau well ahead of time to make sure you
produce all required documentation and allow time for processing.
Book your trip through money-saving online services such
as any travel site of your choice.
If you don't have much time to do the planning yourselves,
consider having your wedding on a cruise ship
or at a beach resort that offers package
including all of the ceremony and reception details. These
wedding and honeymoon packages can also save you a lot of
Unless you book your wedding ceremony and celebration at
a tried-and-true location that offers complete wedding packages,
plan on visiting your wedding destination ahead of time to
make the arrangements yourself.
Consider weather conditions when choosing a date.
Research the weather patterns of your wedding destination
ahead of time to make sure you aren't booking your wedding
during monsoon season.
Get the final price and all ceremony and reception details
in writing ahead of time so that you aren't in for any unpleasant
surprises on the day of your wedding.
for your guests. Get a final guest count a month or two ahead
of time and contact hotels
near your destination wedding location to reserve enough rooms.
and airlines offer discounted group rates, so inquire.
Decide what type of attire you and your bridal party (if
there is one) will wear. An elaborate wedding
dress may not travel well, so it might be wise to opt
for a casual ceremony. If you do want to wear formal
attire, scout out credible tailors and dry cleaners in
your location ahead of time.