According to Wedding Wire:
Approximately 14% of U.S. couples have a destination wedding - of those, 11% have a wedding at a destination within the U.S. and 3% travel internationally..."
I believe that the reason Destination Weddings account for such a small percentage is because of the lack of information couples receive about having their wedding outside of their home country.
Personally, I had a destination wedding and couldn't have been happier with the outcome as I whole heartedly remember my day to have been one of the most beautiful and meaningful days of my life.
So, the question is: Should you have a destination wedding? Below I outline 5 reasons as to why you should have a wedding at a beautiful destination outside of your home town.
1. COST EFFECTIVE
Not sure if many of you know this, but a large number of all-inclusive resorts gift the couple the basic wedding collection if they reach a certain number of rooms booked. So in other words, if you are going to have 50 guests book around 30 rooms, you can get your wedding for little or no cost to you! How awesome is that?!
In addition to the great collections that most resorts offer, you will also be able to take advantage of hiring local vendors that for example, here in Mexico, have more affordable collections as the exchange rate is usually better for those who spend in U.S. dollars.
2. VACATION FOR ALL
A destination wedding is the perfect excuse for people to get away from their day to day. They will be traveling to attend your beautiful beach front wedding as well as enjoy all the resort and location has to offer. Here in the Riviera Nayarit, there are all-inclusive resorts that offer tours to nearby attractions, surfing, and the sunsets are just breathtaking. Not only will they enjoy your wedding, but they can also enjoy as a family, couple, or individual, a nice beach vacation.
3. FULL SERVICE COORDINATION
Many resorts are equipped with a wedding coordination team that makes sure your day goes smoothly and according to plan! They will also help you choose local vendors, help with getting all of the details set, and all from the confort of email and telephone. You get to make all the decisions without having the hassle of going from place to place.
On your wedding day, the wedding coordinator and team are on site and ready to handle every important detail of your day. This makes for a less stressful day and a more enjoyable wedding!
4. EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE
The biggest advantage of having a destination wedding is that you will be able to enjoy your wedding all at one place. Your ceremony will be beachfront with the sun setting behind you as you say "I do." Your reception will be accompanied by the fresh ocean breeze as you dance the night away with your guests!
Having all of the major events in one location and not having to deal with moving guests around, makes your event run smoothly and effortlessly. And if that isn't enough, your on site coordinator will always be close by to help.
5. WHAT IF MY GUESTS WON'T BE ABLE TO GO?
It is a common misconception that if you have a destination wedding, people will not travel to your wedding. However, most guests love the idea of having a vacation and enjoy the sites and sounds of a new place where they can relax and rejuvenate.
I once photographed a wedding that had 150 guests travel more than 1000 miles to attend the wedding. Another had 100 guests. When you invite your guests to attend your one-of-a-kind destination wedding, they will most certainly make arrangements and be excited to get away. Just make sure that you give your guests all of the information with enough time ahead.
Here are two resorts that I have loved working with. There are so many more that offer destination weddings, especially here in Puerto Vallarta.
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Moon Palace Resort
Having a destination wedding is all together less stressful, more enjoyable, and definitely a one-of-a-kind event! I hope these tips were helpful and I would love to hear any additional tips you might have in the comments below!
Would you have a destination wedding?