If you and your hubby-to-be love to travel, there’s nothing better than a faraway location to say your vows. Planning a destination wedding can be tricky, though. Put some thought into these six considerations before making any final decisions.
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Trim Down Your Guest List
Typically, fewer guests are invited to a destination wedding than a regular, at-home wedding. Add your closest friends and family members to your list, but nobody else. Also, be prepared that some of the people you invite still won’t be able to attend, due to budget constraints, a lack of vacation days, or other responsibilities they can’t leave.
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Decide Where To Go
Think about what you and your other half like to do together. If you love gourmet food, you may want to plan a wedding in Europe. If you love being outside together and enjoying nature, consider the Amazon or New Zealand. Also, look at your budget. If you want an island wedding in Fiji but the price tag is too high, look into destination weddings in the Caribbean instead.
Find Out What’s Included
Often, destination wedding locations have a lot of extras included, from welcome bags for each guest to the wedding cake. They may also have a photographer you can use and flowers to choose from. This can actually help save you money if you do enough research.
Book an Indoor Room for the Reception
You may be dreaming of a beachside wedding, but it’s important to understand that you’re not used to the weather wherever it is you’re planning your wedding. By using an event room at a hotel, you’ll avoid overexposure to the sun, overheating, rain, thunderstorms, and anything else that could ruin your day.
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The Wedding Will Be Longer Than One Day
Destination weddings tend to last for two or more days. Since everyone has to travel so far, the wedding is usually an entire weekend or sometimes even a week. Be prepared to plan several days of activities aside from the actual wedding day for your guests to enjoy.
Some Things Can’t Be Controlled
Destination weddings aren’t ideal for people who want to be in control of every single detail of their wedding. You’ll have to plan your wedding from afar and you won’t be able to see a lot of things in person until your actual wedding day. If you don’t mind the unexpected, though, a destination wedding may be the right choice.
Sure, destination weddings can be complicated to plan, but that doesn’t mean you should ditch the idea altogether. Luckily, the possibilities are endless, and it’s possible to plan a destination wedding that suits practically any budget. Informational credit to Cartier Place & Towers Suite Hotels.