Wedding Wednesday – Say “I do” to Destination Weddings

I’ve been working in the travel industry for a pretty long time now.  One of the most popular questions I get is “Why would I do a destination wedding?”  Here are a few of my best reasons.

1)  Less stress!  Because destination weddings have become so popular in the last decade or so, most hotels have entire departments dedicated to helping you plan your wedding from beginning to end.  Their job is to make your life easier.  So is mine!  I am here to coordinate all of your guests so you don’t have to worry about anything.

2)  Often I hear two words.  Exotic.  Unique.  How many of your friends have gotten married on a beach in St. Lucia?  On a roof top overlooking the ocean in Mexico?  At a 500 year old church in Ireland?  In a vineyard in France?  Part of the lure is doing something that your friends have never done, but the other part is living a dream. 

3)  Your guest list.  I don’t want to be crass, but sometimes there are “those people”.  You know the ones.  The people you have to invite to your wedding even though you don’t really want them there.  I think most people have them.  A destination wedding is a great way to keep the guest list to ONLY the people you truly want to celebrate your special day with.

4)  When Danny and I were talking about the possibility of a destination wedding, my uncle piped in.  He was really excited because this was a great way for him to fit in a vacation when he normally wouldn’t have thought of it!  People are always looking for a reason to get away.  Why not give them one that means something more to all of you?  A personal favorite of mine are weddings at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.  This means that when your people pay for their rooms, all their food, drinks and non-motorized water sports are included.  People LOVE this!  It really gives them a sense of freedom! 

5)  My mom and dad were at a resort in Mexico at a swim up bar.  They started talking to the people around them and it turns out that they were a wedding party.  The wedding was the next day and the bride and groom were in the pool relaxing with their friends instead of running around finalizing last minute details.  I was at another resort when I was dancing the night away with a family celebrating a wedding that had happened earlier in the day.  Wouldn’t you love to be relaxing by the pool with your friends instead of running around and stressing the day before your wedding?

6)  The money.  A destination wedding can be as expensive or as in expensive as you want to make it.  If you are looking to spend $50,000 on your wedding, you can do that.  The opportunities are endless.  A lot of you though, whether due to your age or the financial climate of the world, are looking to save money.  There are so many ways to do this.  Most of the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean offer some kind of free wedding package.   You can add anything you want, but it is a way to have a dream wedding and keep the costs to a minimum.

Destination weddings are not for everyone.  But if you have dreamed of something beyond the ordinary, I recommend looking at the option!

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