The Pro’s & Con’s of Destination Weddings:
Destination weddings – celebrating nuptials in an enviable distant location that may or may not be connected to the bride or groom – are understandably popular. Although there is something enchanting about the fantasy of a Caribbean beach wedding at sundown, or a flower-filled Balinese ceremony, this type of wedding isn’t for everyone.
Comparing pros and cons is a classic business strategy for making a challenging decision. While deciding whether to throw your wedding celebration at home or abroad (or for some culture, both) isn’t exactly rocket science, it’s still important to make an informed decision in order to avoid regrets and what ifs. Here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of going for a destination wedding:
- Handy for avoiding awkward social and family situations
Taking the wedding party on the road can solve quite a few family or social politics problems. If your wedding is controversial or unsupported by family members, it is an obvious solution. Being away may offer a small bubble of safety and comfort in which to focus on your union.
- Smaller, more manageable
Not everyone will be able to travel to your chosen destination to celebrate with you, so it is likely that your wedding event will include smaller numbers of guests. This could make the entire event much more manageable. In terms of budget, tradition and etiquette suggest that the bride and groom pay for accommodations, while guests pay for the bulk of their travel. But couples should expect to pony up for important guests who may find the extra expense of travel challenging.
- Combo wedding/honeymoon
You are getting married in paradise; why not stay put for the honeymoon, on your own or with a few selected friends? Or, if you are wedding in your former home country, take the time to also visit with friends and familiar. It may be a while before a similar opportunity arises.
- Great for spontaneity without censure
Even if you are more or less eloping, popular destinations in the Caribbean, Asia and elsewhere around the world have likely already done most of the preparation for you. Many resorts have a dedicated wedding planner or consultant who can step up and arrange a wedding ceremony with little notice.
- Unfamiliar bureaucracies and systems
Every country has its own legal requirements around marriage. Some are more onerous than others. For example, some countries require translations of vital documents; in Mexico, you may need to have your birth certificate translated into Spanish depending on which state the wedding takes place in. Be sure you understand local legal marriage requirements and have your paperwork with you and in order (i.e. birth certificates and divorce decrees along with passport etc.).
- Not everyone will be able to travel
Ill health, pregnancy, fear of flying, restrictive work schedules, visa issues – there are many reasons why a loved one or friend may be unable to join you for your destination wedding. Casually poll the people you most want to have in attendance prior to making a decision on location.
- Natural disasters and lack of support
It may seen unlikely, but remember that natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms, sudden political disruptions and the like do They can make travel and hosting events beyond your home country challenging, especially without the support systems that most of us take for granted back at home.
For our list, there seem to be more pros than cons around having destination weddings. However, you must do your own research – consult a local wedding planner, meet with someone who has had a wedding at your chosen destination and get in touch with resorts and experts who specialise in wedding planning. Only you can decide, based on your specific circumstances and dreams, where and how to say ‘I do’.
We hope you enjoyed our post on destination weddings. Now that you are armed with this information, where will you have your wedding?