Pros & Cons of Destination Weddings
Choosing to have your wedding overseas will have both positive and negative consequences. If you consider this pros and cons list and see too many dealbreakers, then perhaps a destination wedding isn't for you. However, if you look at this list and think the cons aren't that big of a deal, maybe you're just the sort of person who should consider planning a destination wedding.
Destination Wedding Pros
Complete Wedding Packages
- We know that destination weddings are popular, and guess who knows this too? The hospitality and tourism industries. Venues now compete to cater for the best destination weddings, and package deals may be all-inclusive and come with a on-site wedding consultant who will act as a personal concierge for you and your guests during your stay.
- Not everyone is going to have the time or the money to attend your wedding, so this gets you off the hook when it comes to invitations. Your annoying second cousin? Not invited. Your boss? Cross them off the list. Destination weddings give you a license to be ruthless when it comes to wedding invites.
Fewer Guests Means Cheaper Reception
- If you're inviting only your nearest and dearest, this means your reception is going to be less costly then if you'd opted to have it at home where 100+ people had the potential to show up. Cha-Ching! More money you can spend on your honeymoon together.
Honeymoon in Your Dream Location
- Speaking of your honeymoon, a destination wedding means you can spend more time soaking up the atmosphere and culture of your ideal location.
Destination Wedding Cons
- If you venue does not specialise in weddings, there may be a lot of bureaucracy to deal with. You may have complications when it comes to getting a marriage certificate or a licensed celebrant.
Guests Who Can't Make It
- One one hand, you've wrangled your way out of inviting anyone you don't particular like. But on the other hand, some people that you really want to be there might be unable to take the time off work or afford the expense of flights. If there is anyone who is elderly or lacking in mobility, travelling to a destination wedding may be too big of an ask. Talk to. the people you think are on the fence, and see if there is a way you can pay some of their airfare or assist in any way.
Your Family Is On Your Honeymoon
- You're newlyweds, and now your family is on your honeymoon with you. Sure, they won't be following you around every step of the way, but you may not get as much alone time as you bargained on
Wedding Planner Issues
- It can be difficult trying to plan a wedding if you and the wedding planner are in different time zones. What's even harder is not having a wedding planner and trying to organise your wedding from another country. Is this an added stress you'll be able to cope with?
How To Plan A Destination Wedding
This article would be the length of a small novel if we were to truly break down every step necessary for organising destination wedding locations. What we can do, however, is give you some rough ideas about what needs to be done and when.
1. Choose a location that's special to the both of you
Pick some destinations where both of you would be happy to be married, and then see if each location has all the resources necessary for a wedding. A tropical island is great, but if its only got one hotel and no catering service, it's not going to be sufficient for your event.
2. Give guests plenty of notice
We can't stress this enough - give your guests plenty of heads up. The longer they have in advance to prepare, the more likely it is that they'll be able to attend.
3. Your destination is now the theme
Save yourself money and added stress by using local flowers and serving traditional delicacies. Getting hell bent on having a certain centre piece or serving a specific meal will only end in tears.
4. Prioritise room availabilities
Don't set a date until you're certain you can put all your guests in a reasonably priced room no more than 15 minutes away from the wedding venue. Once you've got your room availabilities locked down, then it's time to pick a day to tie the knot.
5. Get a wedding planner
Do yourself a massive favour and find a wedding planner, or at the very least an on-site wedding co-ordinator. Avoid problems with the language barrier, different timezones, frantic international phone calls, by finding an expert who is able to do all of the groundwork for you.
6. Pay the venue a visit
In a perfect world, you would visit your venue twice before your wedding day. Once, before booking, and then again 3-4 months before your wedding day to finalise the details. If visiting a second time isn't in your budget, you should try to arrive a week before your wedding instead so you can iron out the finer details.
7. Meet your vendors
Before visiting your venue, set up meetings with vendors so that you're able to meet them in person. If you're unsure who is reputable in the area, be guided by the venue itself or your wedding planner.
8. Your wedding dress
Keep in mind that not only will your dress have to travel on the plane, it will have to be suitable for the climate when you arrive.
The Best Places To Have A Destination Wedding
If you're stuck for ideas about where you should go, here are a handful of locations which will guarantee you an unforgettable wedding and amazing pictures to look back on.
Location: Taormina, Italy
What's On Offer?: Of course, getting married almost anywhere in Europe would make for a magical experience, but Taormina is especially beautiful. A hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina is known for its stunning coastline and cliffs.
Venue: Taormina Weddings was established in 2015, and their website suggests a variety of breathtaking venues for your wedding. You could be on the beach overlooking the 5 star Isola Bella hotel, you could be in a baroque palace or a rustic farmhouse.
Wedding Packages: Taormina Weddings offer multiple services so that nothing is lacking from your special day. Everything from photography and video to the flowers and catering is available via their website.
Location: Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii
What's On Offer?: If you've dreamt of getting married in a tropical paradise, then why not celebrate in Hawaii?
Venue: The Lanikuhonua Cultural Centre has significant experience when it comes to executing events and weddings.
Wedding Packages: This centre has three wedding venues to boot, so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to your Hawaiian wedding.
3. The Maldives
Location: Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, The Maldives
What's On Offer?: You can surf, dive, swim or spend all day in the spa - the choice is yours!
Venue: The resort boast 110 beach villas and over water suites, just 35 minutes by speedboat from the international airport.
Wedding Packages: There are two packages on offer at the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort , a beach wedding or a private island package
Location: Royalton Riviera Resort, Cancun, Mexico
What's On Offer?: Cancun is well known for its stunning beaches, resorts and buzzing nightlife.
Venue: The property boasts 9 restaurants, 13 bars, a children’s waterpark, a casino, a gelato bar, and much more.
Wedding Packages: The hotel offers 5 destination wedding packages around $6000 + an array of wonderful custom experiences to add on if you so wish to do so at an additional cost.