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10 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding
(my thoughts and opinions are in red)
1. You can say "I do" anywhere! A destination wedding is defined as marrying at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives. So imagine the options that definition opens up for you -- the world really is your playground.
I know that a destination wedding doesn't have to be on a beach or in another country like ours was, but that's the beauty of it. You can pick ANYWHERE!
Have you seen our pictures?? You don't get a Mexican beach, a mariachi band and a rainbow in your every day wedding pics in Houston! Everyone in Houston gets married at the same ol' spots so our pictures really stand out when comparing to other Houston brides.
3. It's easier. Many wedding-worthy resorts offer free planning help to couples, whether the event is for two or 200, and an abundance of packages keep things simple while still giving options to customize. Want something more involved? Turn to an independent planner who specializes in more elaborate events.
Yes, Yes Yes! I know I told y'all before how much easier it was, but I will say it again. The coordinator in Mexico pretty much planned everything and we decided on all the details 3 days before when we arrived in Mexico.
4. You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale, to sea-inspired soiree. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn't take much to dress it up. Opt for a pristine beach, a tidy vineyard, a blooming garden or a historic plantation house furnished with graceful antiques, and you'll be more than covered with a few simple florals and other modest accents.
We still spent a lot on decor. Not as much as we would have to fancy up a standard ballroom, but we still spent quite a bit. Centerpieces, table covers, chair sashes, picture frames... those all add up. But no ballroom in Houston could have the infinity pool and beach in the pictures no matter the cost :)
5. Enjoy quality time with loved ones. The standard wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone. A destination do spans a minimum of three days -- which means, now that you've finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them! Hooray!
This was one of the main reasons we chose a destination wedding. John's family in NY and mine in Ft. Worth - everyone would have travelled to Houston and then we only see them for a few hours at a reception. Not cool in my opinion. We got to spend 5 days with everyone and I wouldn't have traded that for anything!
6. It's a great excuse to limit the guest list. The very nature of destination weddings -- they require travel, a longer time commitment and hotel stays -- gives you the perfect excuse to cut down on an often unmanageable number of invitees. Think the second cousins and office mates will be miffed? You can always throw a postwedding party -- complete with plenty of photos -- when you get back home.
Absolutely. We still had a large guest list, but it would have been twice as long had we had it in Houston. And most of those people would have come. We didn't have a budget for that so a destination wedding was perfect for us and no feelings were hurt along the way. We decided against the at home reception just because it was so close to Christmas and more $$ involved with that.
7. Guests can save on a vacation. Ask your host hotel about discounted room rates for your guests; most resorts are more than willing to bargain in exchange for group business. Some airlines, such as United and American, offer discounted airfares for groups of 10 of more -- on the latter, this is true even if your guests are departing from different gateways. And ultimately, your friends will have a blast! Destination weddings give friends and family that most valuable commodity: downtime -- to kick back, connect and celebrate. And what's more fun than that?
We booked our trip through United Vacations and anyone who booked through them as well got a small discount on their trip. It really wasn't enough to make a big difference, but us getting married in Mexico was a good excuse for alot of people to travel and get a vacation.
8. You'll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you, be it bringing friends and family back to a beloved college campus, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or finally going to a locale you've always dreamed of visiting.
We LOVE Cancun and because of that and it's closeness to Houston, that's why we chose it for our wedding. It was our first big vacation together when we were dating so it was fun to go back and get married there!
9. Flexible timing helps with budgeting. You'll be at your destination for a few days, so work with your vendors to see how timing can trim costs. After all, if everyone is already there, you can wed on a Friday, a Sunday or even a Tuesday -- what does the day of the week matter in paradise? Look at seasonality too. Many Caribbean hotels drop their prices dramatically in mid-April; by planning your wedding for May, you can get the same great digs for a fraction of the price paid by visitors a few weeks earlier. Likewise, mountain resort towns offer big savings in spring and fall.
We got married on a Monday! No one cares what day it is when you're in Mexico :)
10. You can start the honeymoon early. Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the bride and groom on their wedding night, and you may be able to negotiate an extended minimoon at a reduced rate after the guests have gone home.
I was stressed out and didn't really get to enjoy the first few days of the trip because of meetings with the wedding coordinator, photographer, DJ, minister, etc. But I would have been 10x more stressed had we been in Houston. And I got to go to all the meetings with my fedora and swim suit, that's a win right? :) And we were upgraded to the master suite for the entire trip which was so cool. It really was like we were on our honeymoon the entire time even though the wedding hadn't happened yet.
The only other thing I would add to this list is the option for a Trash the Dress session! Y'all know those are some of my favorite pictures! If you're having a destination wedding in a tropical location with a beach or pool, I definitely think it's a must!
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