Congratulations on your engagement! Full steam ahead on planning the wedding. Ready, set, go! …..Hold it, hold it…have you considered a destination wedding? This may or may not be for you but it is worth thinking about. Here is a little survey for you to answer. If you say “yes” to several of these questions, then a destination wedding is a good choice for you.
- Do you dream of sun, sand and simplicity? Consider a beach wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean.
- Do you dream of a mountain top, lake side, or meadow, cave? Consider a national park, ski lodge, or summer resort.
- Do you picture getting married aboard a house boat or cruise ship? Or cruising to a port and getting married on the beach? Consider renting a house boat on a lake or working with a cruise ship wedding planner.
- Would you be happy with your immediate family and a few good friends at your wedding rather than everyone you know? Your guest list will be drastically reduced the father away and the more expensive your destination. Be sure this is fine with both the bride and the groom.
- Do the important people in your life support traveling far to your wedding? Or are you just fine if they do not? Having the enthusiastic participation of the people you care about most will go along way towards making your destination wedding wonderful. Ask their opinions before you decide. If you only want the two of you and a couple of best friends, then, no problem, an intimate destination wedding is a cinch.
- Would you enjoy an extended celebration over the weekend with your guests? Guests traveling far away will most likely being staying the whole weekend; some may even stay the whole week. This can be fantastic fun or too much. Discuss what each of you feel about both these scenarios. What works for you? That said, there are resorts where you get married at one resort then are whisked off to a sister resort for your honeymoon leaving your guests behind. Or you can let guests who stay past the weekend know you will join them for dinner but during the day you want to be alone. It’s up to you. Just talk about it with one another.
- Would you like to sail away after a few hours leaving your guests behind? On some cruise ships, you can get married at the departure port where your guests come aboard for the wedding only, then you sail away on your honeymoon alone. Or you can cruise to a port, meet your guests who flew in for the wedding and get married ashore.
- Are you OK with surrendering some of the details of your wedding to a onsite wedding planner? Since your wedding is far away, you will not have as much control of some aspects. You will see pictures, talk with the wedding planner and be given choices but putting it all together will be out of your hands. If this simplicity sounds great to you, go for it.
- Do you desire a very special wedding plus a romantic beach honeymoon but do not have funds for both? At many of the beach resorts, the basic wedding package is free if you book your honeymoon with them. So you can have your cake and eat it too. Yum!
- Do you have a generous budget but crave something exotic and fabulous? There are luxury resorts that offer designer weddings, butlers, everything you ever dreamed about. Another option if you have the budget is to offer to pay a portion of the cost of the resort for each wedding party member as your gift to them.
Sounds good? Read on…
The two most popular destination wedding locations are to a) Beautiful resorts in the United States, b) Beaches in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. Costa Rica is an up and coming place and Puerto Rico is great because a passport isn’t needed for US citizens. My next blog will address choosing an US destination, questions to ask the resort and choosing support people who will make your destination wedding successful and stress free. Then we will discuss exotic beach weddings, so stay in touch.