By Kate Desmond
Destination weddings usually seem like a good idea—you and your future spouse get to enjoy your wedding with your guests in a beautiful location. You can also spend your honeymoon in the location of your choice. But, how practical are destination weddings?
Destination weddings seem like a good idea when planning a wedding. However, they really don’t seem too practical. It makes it more difficult for friends and family to attend since destination weddings are much farther away than holding it at a church in the bride or groom’s hometown. They are very costly for the guests and even the bride and groom.
Airline tickets are usually a necessity for these kids of events and can be expensive within the United States, much less traveling outside of the country. In addition to the added costs of airline tickets to an extravagant location, friends and family will have to pay for the expenses of staying in a hotel for a couple of days. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, some guests don’t need to stay in a hotel for traditional weddings, so that can account for an extra expense. Not only can that be an inconvenience, but also the hotel stay will likely be for more than one night and the expenses can add up, especially in a tourist-filled country where the hotel prices are high.
On the other hand, destination weddings can be an incredible experience for everyone. It’s the bride and groom’s special day, but this can account for a magical time for their families as well. Going to a tropical island or other magnificent location for the wedding can be a great thing because loved ones can go on the journey too. They can see you get married and help you celebrate in a beautiful venue also.
There are many ways to help alleviate the costs. One idea would be to make decorations you like in this DIY Personalized Glassware tutorial tutorial. This elegant, yet homemade glassware can put your own touch on our special day and be used again. Another idea is to hold the wedding at a family or friend’s vacation home, so you and your guests can still enjoy the beautiful scenery, but at no price for the venue.
It really depends on the bride and groom as to what type of wedding they envision themselves having. If you want all of your family to be able to attend, then traditional is more your style of wedding. However, if you want to spend your wedding and honeymoon in a deluxe area with friends and family and experience it more as a vacation, then I suggest a destination wedding.
If you are unsure of your decision, I recommend you check out this blog post. The post documents the experience Abraham and Yvonne, a husband and wife, had with their destination wedding in in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Ultimately, the decision is yours and your future spouse’s to make. All that matters is your priorities and what you both find important. It is your special day after all.
Did you have a destination wedding or attend one? If so, please share your thoughts below!