Destination weddings have become popular in recent years. It has been estimated that almost one out of every four weddings is now a destination wedding. Simply defined, a destination wedding is typically an event where the bride and groom plan an away-from-home wedding, inviting their closest friends and family members to an ideal location and make the event a semi-vacation. Many resorts offer special features and spaces to make this event the wedding of their dreams.
Why a Destination Wedding?
One advantage of a destination wedding is that it’s typically less expensive for the couple; guests are expected to pay for their own accommodations and travel costs. The destination wedding can also be more fun and relaxing for everyone and can be seen as far more romantic to the bride and groom.
A Welcome Benefit: Simplicity
Most destination weddings take place at luxurious all-inclusive resorts. This is a resort that, in addition to providing lodging, includes a wide range of other amenities such as unlimited food, beverages, sports activities, and daily and nightly entertainment. (Golf, diving and spa services usually cost extra.) This makes the event simple and enjoyable for everyone.
In recent years, some of the most popular locations for such events are:
· Mexico (Cancun, Riviera, Maya, Vallarta, Los Cabos)
· Dominican Republic (Punta, Cana, Cap Cana)
· Jamaica (Ocho Rios and Montego Bay)
· Costa Rica
· U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Lucia, St. Thomas)
Destination Wedding FAQs
- Why should we have a destination wedding? Destination weddings are a great choice for countless couples for a variety of reasons. To some, the financial savings over a traditional wedding is appealing, for others it seems natural since many of their relatives will be traveling to attend the wedding anyway, for others it can be a fabulous option if they do not have a large number of guests who will attend and still others may simply want to buck tradition.
- Where should we go for our destination wedding? Traditionally, destination weddings were thought of as island or tropical affairs. However, a destination wedding simply means you are traveling away from home to get married. The destination you choose could be a place you have always wanted to visit or somewhere that seems to be ideally suited to your big day. The possibilities are endless.
- Who pays the cost? It is customary for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding. However, in modern times, many couples are paying for the event themselves. Still, no matter who is paying for the wedding, guests are responsible for their own accommodations and expenses.
- When should we inform guests? Because guests will be expected to pay travel and accommodation costs, it is best to give as much notice as possible. Therefore, no less than 6 to 8 months prior to the date, you should send save-the-date notice.
- Who will plan and coordinate our destination wedding? Some resorts offer a wedding coordinator to take care of the logistics of the event. Conversely, some brides choose to hire a wedding planner at home and bring them to the destination to handle all of the details.