Aspen, Tuscany, Bermuda, Iceland, Texas Hill Country, New York or Mexico—it’s a big, beautiful world out there. A destination wedding offers you the opportunity to exchange your vows and spend a few magical days together with loved ones in the setting of your dreams. For some couples, it is the culmination of everything they ever hoped for, and the wedding that guests will talk about for years to come.
ABOUT destination WEDDINGS
There are many reasons you may opt for a destination wedding. Here are a few.
Bucket List Bash
You’ve always dreamed of Bora Bora’s beaches or the rainforest of Costa Rica. Make two dreams come true when you merge your marriage with the trip of a lifetime.
If you want relaxed and casual over buttoned-up and black tie, a beach wedding offers sand, surf, sun and some serious fun. Ditch the stilettos in favor of sand between your bare toes and watch your guests have the time of their lives.
It’s a Gram-able Life
Whether it’s the rustic-chic of a Texas Hill Country wedding or a breathtaking Nordic backdrop worthy of Game of Thrones, the photo ops can be jaw-dropping.
Less Is More
The guest list at a traditional wedding can be 200 or more, while a destination wedding tends to be more intimate. If the idea of 200 plus of your closest colleagues and acquaintances at your wedding fills you with something akin to dread, head for the hills (or island).
If church bells, raining rice and a fish-or-chicken dinner seem boring, a destination wedding can break all the rules. A Mayan shaman in Mexico? An art gallery in Paris? Greco-Roman ruins in Greece? A wild-west shindig in Texas? Trekking, sailing, scuba diving, skiing…the only limit is your imagination.
Meet In The Middle
Your family is from Brazil, his lives in Florida, and you live in Houston? Head to the Caribbean to share great times in a neutral spot. Plus no one will ask to sleep on your couch.
Many resorts, villas and hotels around the world have teams of wedding planners in place, so you don’t need to stress about the florist, decor, linens, videographer or menu. Focus on your guests and each other (and maybe your tan).
At a traditional wedding venue there is a lot expected from the bride and groom—including making the rounds to greet, hug and thank hundreds of guests. If that sounds exhausting, you may prefer to just wiggle your toes in the sand with 25 of your closest loved ones.
After all, you’re already there.
Finally, here are some tips and insights.
- Give your invitees ample notice of your destination wedding at least a year out.
- If money is no object, offer to charter a plane and take the whole guest list to the destination.
- Take local weather patterns into account—no one wants a wedding in a hurricane.
- Have a contingency plan in case of rain at an outdoor ceremony.
- If your chosen destination is close to home such as in the Texas Hill Country, or on the Gulf coast, then you can have your destination wedding AND not sacrifice size as it would be easy for your family and friends to drive to the wedding in just a few hours.
If a destination wedding is right for you, our destination wedding and honeymoon vendors can help with all the logistics and help you stay within your budget while maximizing style and minimizing stress.
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