Weddings are such a joyous occasion!! The love of your life, your close family and friends to witness the union… It can also be a tumultuous time for the couple. Decisions, decisions, decisions to be made, as well as coordination, samples, and vendors vying for your attention and business. That said, destination doesn’t have to mean exotic. If you live in San Diego, think Sonoma instead of Santorini. You can still get that wedding-away feel without having to venture too far from home. A wedding is considered a destination wedding when its more than 100 miles away from the couples hometown.
This list will help you to decide if a Destination Wedding (DW) is right for you!!!
Depending on the resort, your wedding could be included for free with your stay. This depends, of course, on how elaborate you want your wedding to be. Most resort include a basic ceremony with a minimum stay (usually 7 nights.) Even wedding packages that costs are more affordable than traditional weddings. Check out this video from RIU Resorts and their wedding packages for every bride and every budget: http://bit.ly/2sCwwg6
2. Location, Location, Location:
Whether you desire a Beachfront location, a Historic Chapel, or a Rooftop with a scenic ocean backdrop, Destination weddings offer an array of venues to accommodate every discerning couple.
3. Say “Good Bye” to Guest list worries.
No worries on who will attend, those that can attend, Will!!! A traditional wedding average is 140 guests while DW average is 40-50. This allows you to filter out acquaintances & co-workers out of obligation. You wont have to worry about paying for their meals at your reception at an all-inclusive resort, and they get a vacation too!!
4. See the location before you decide.
Some resorts offer a “see before you decide.” Affording the couple a chance to see the resort grounds and venue before you decide at a discount price. Can you say mini-vacy???
5. Your Travel agent works as your Planner.
Instead of hiring a planner and an agent for the honeymoon, your travel agent takes charge of the to-do lists. Use your agent to express your desires to the resort, let them worry about the details of vendor contracts, group excursions, the ceremony, as well as the travel arrangements for the entire party. Resorts are a one-stop shop, details can be hashed out virtually via web chat and or email. Let your agent work on your behalf and report to you.
6. Charter flights.
Charter flights, available from major gateways to select Caribbean locales, offer more savings for you and your group and can be non-stop there and back.
7. Go Rogue!!!
Add a little culture to your ceremony. Resorts now offer more options to include in your ceremony. This gives you the opportunity to customize and make it memorable with options such as Native American wedding vases, Mayan Shaman, and/or Hindu Henna, to add a bit of cultural flavor into your day.
8. Everyone is VIP!!!
DW are usually more intimate, less obligatory invites and more must-have loved ones in attendance. Those who come, you know they really want to be there. This is great for those who have families in different parts of the country, to come and enjoy making it as exciting for them as it is for you.
9. Chase the sun in December.
Winter weddings are gorgeous, but huddling under heat lamps for photo ops hardly make for a fairy-tale affair. Head to the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Costa Rica, and even Vegas when the weather is an important factor. They almost guarantee outdoor wedding perfection with a high average of days in the sun.
10. More time to bond with wedding guests.
Traditional weddings can be exhausting the day of the ceremony. The couple will most likely end the night hungry and tired from making rounds to greet and thank EVERY guest. DW allow you more time to truly interact with guests over a longer period of time. Quality time with guests is a lot more doable with everyone staying at a resort. Most DW guests stay 3 nights or more.
11. More Bang for your Buck.
The average couple can save more than $10K overall for wedding and honeymoon. Across the board, DW are more affordable than traditional in comparison. Resorts are practically begging for your business offering a variety of perks. From room upgrades and gratis planners to complementary Anniversary stays. Save even more money by having your wedding during the low season for the resort.
12. Everywhere you look is a “Kodak Moment”
You wont have to wait for your favorite photographer to force a moment or location. DW offer spectacular views to act as a backdrop to capture the spirit of the occasion.
13. Honeymoon Registries can help to defray costs of your union.
They are free to set up and guests that cant attend can contribute to your arrangements. Check out: http://bit.ly/2J6FuNE It offers a free wedding website for you to keep those that cant make it and the out-of-towners up-to-date on your union. Create a stunning honeymoon registry & wedding website. In a few steps, you can register for your Honeymoon experiences instead of everyday wedding gifts. You can collect the money anytime and use it how you want. Perfect for those that cant make it and want to still be included. I mean you have enough pots and pans already, am I right??
14. Skip the Stilettos.
Getting married at a beach location allows you to skip the formalities of footwear. You can, instead, doan a great pair of footwear jewelry. Checkout some of these fancy footwear: https://ebay.to/2srekGG
15. Guaranteed a Great time.
At a DW, you are pretty much guaranteed a great time, for you and your guests. Everyone is on vacation before & after the wedding, so everyone is relaxed and happy. All-Inclusive resorts offer luxury, all meals and drinks, taxes, and great locations. You kind of cant go wrong with a destination wedding!!!
Reach out to Haute Spot Destinations to discuss your options and compare the differences between a traditional or destination wedding. For more information contact us for a free consultation! Happy Planning!!!