If you are newly engaged and beginning to think about the specifics of your wedding, one of the first things you need to decide, after when the wedding will be, is where it will take place. Tradition dictates it should be in the bride’s home town, but of course, tradition doesn’t always fit with our own dreams and there is really no good reason to follow it if it isn’t right for you! If you and your spouse-to-be are from different places, and your family and friends are spread far and wide, then the choice of where to host the wedding could be enough to cause family tension if some people have to travel and others do not, and the last thing you need when you are planning a wedding is to deal with that!
So, a solution many people choose, for a huge number of reasons, is to get married somewhere completely different to where they live or where either partner comes from.
Some of the Perks of a Destination Wedding
While it is usual for the couple to depart on a vacation of a lifetime right after the wedding, with a destination wedding you can combine the honeymoon and the wedding itself into one wonderful vacation. You can have no guests at all if you feel like getting married in a more intimate way, and just ask people at your destination to be witnesses, or you can invite along whoever you want without anybody bickering about who has to travel farthest – everybody who wants to come will have to travel, but they will be traveling somewhere beautiful.
Weddings are of course, very expensive, however if you go for a destination wedding you can decrease costs very significantly, even when you take into account your flights and accommodation. Many companies offer destination wedding packages that mean everything for the ceremony itself is included, along with premium accommodation and some nice extras to help you celebrate. You can find some great Costa Rica destination weddings here, for example. Also, because your wedding is likely to be much smaller than it would be at home, you don’t have to worry about paying for food and drinks for hundreds of friends and relatives – only those closest to you will be there. You can have all of the additional things you want from a more traditional wedding, like the wedding dress you’ve always wanted and a beautiful cake, but the venue and catering costs will be a fraction of what you’d normally expect.
A Memorable Day
The point of a wedding is that it is to be remembered for a lifetime, and this is so easy to achieve when you marry in a beautiful, exotic location where everything is new and interesting. You are almost guaranteed perfect weather if you choose a Caribbean or South Pacific destination, and once the ceremony is over you can enjoy everything else your destination has to offer!
Many couples who opt for a destination wedding believe it was the best decision they ever made – is it something that could be right for you?