Destination weddings in exotic locations allows couples to combine the best of an adventurous honeymoon with a more traditional ceremony. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that sometimes, destination weddings can help you save your money
too! That’s right, if you cut corners in all the right places, your expenses will go down quite a notch.
While having a destination wedding might seem like a dream come true, it is not the best option for some couples. Here’s how you can solve the mystery and find out whether or not a destination wedding is the best idea for you!
Do you want to to go all out?
Destination weddings are more often than not intimate affairs with not more than 100-150 guests. While these kinds of weddings allow you to spend more time with your loved ones, they also tend to cut back on the large-scale festivities that are usually associated with traditional, local weddings. Therefore, if you and your partner are alright with not having a huge procession and over-the-top décor, you can opt for a destination wedding at your choice of resort. However, if you’ve always wanted a lot of guests and elaborate ceremonies, it’s best you adjust your expectations before opting for a destination wedding.
Are your guests the kind of people who will be excited for a destination wedding?
What’s the use of having a wedding if half the people you invite don’t show up? Before you settle down on the idea of a destination wedding, you need to think carefully if your guests will accept your destination wedding invitation. What’s more? Unlike traditional weddings, destination weddings
are small and intimate so you need to be able to narrow your guest list down to not more than 100-150 people. If the people on your guest list can’t afford the cost of travel and stay, you might as well cancel the idea. After all, you don’t want to put your near and dear ones in a position where they can’t turn down your invitation and have to shell out money to travel.
Are you alright with handing over control?
It takes a whole lot of managing and planning to pull off a local wedding. Add to the mix an exotic destination in a far-away location and you’ll suddenly realize that you have bit off more than you can chew. If you’re tying the knot thousands of miles away from where you stay, you may not be able to control every detail. You might not even be able to meet most vendors face-to-face. For most people, this is a strict no-no as they need to meet people in person and talk to them one-on-one to gain assurance. If you’re one such individual and you have difficulty handing over control, you should think twice before opting for a destination wedding.
Does the prospect of hosting weekend events excite you?
Since your guests are going to fly to a different state or country for your wedding, they are going to stay for a minimum of 3 days. As their host, you and your partner will have to keep them entertained by arranging various activities and events for them. For instance, in order to get your small wedding party acquainted with one another, you will need to plan a welcome party by the beach or at the poolside. Since your guests are taking the trouble to travel all the way for you, you need to do everything you can to make sure they have a fabulous experience.
Does an informal dress code work for you?
The dress code
for a destination wedding is usually more relaxed than a formal wedding. For instance, if you’re having a beach wedding, a lot of your guests might turn up in shorts and flip-flops. Embrace it! People prefer to pack light for destination weddings and don’t often carry heavy wedding regalia with them. If you and your partner are alright with an informal dress code, you can encourage your guests to pack summer dresses and swim suits instead of wedding finery.
Are you alright with important people not being there?
Those who are close to you will do everything in their power to be at your wedding no matter where you are hosting it. However, there will be some people who will not be able to make it for one reason or another. For instance, your grandmother with serious health issues might not be able to fly or your aunt with financial troubles might have to skip your wedding because she simply doesn’t have the budget for it. People with small children and those with busy schedules might also give your wedding a miss if you’re hosting it at a faraway location. If you are set on having a destination wedding, you need to make your peace with the fact that important people might not be in attendance. However, if your family is relatively relaxed with the idea and is able to spend money to ravel, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Will your colleagues, extended cousins and everyone else understand?
While everyone knows that destination weddings are usually an intimate affair, nobody thinks that it’ll be them who will be left off the couple’s guest list! Do you have a lot of people in your life who are important to you and yet not close enough to you to have at your destination wedding? Do you think they will understand if you leave them off your guest list? After all, you don’t want the most important event in your life to ruin your relations with certain important people. If you’re not going to face this problem, you can go ahead and opt for a destination wedding!
While some destination weddings involve the eloping couple and a few, very close family and friends, some others include up to 100-150 guests. Make sure you have satisfactory answers to the above-mentioned questions before you make your decision.
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