A newly-engaged couple has a ton of decisions to make. One of the first, and most important, ones is not only when to get married, but where. Lately, destination weddings are all the rage. From isolated beaches to exotic castles, more and more couples are hopping on a plane and traveling across the globe for their dream weddings. Plus, with their surge in popularity, they’ve become easy to plan and much more affordable. But, the question is: is a destination wedding right for you?
Destination weddings can be enchanting and intimate, but there are a lot of details to consider before taking the leap. Here are some things to think about to decide whether it’s a good fit for you.
A travel wedding can involve just you and your significant other, a select handful of family and friends, or a large group of those close to you. The thing is: you can’t really expect all your work friends and extended family to drop everything and pay for a flight across the country. Life doesn’t usually work that way. You have to be okay with the fact that some of your friends and extended family might not be there to celebrate with you.
However, a small, intimate group of close friends and family can also be a magical way to celebrate your big day. It allows you to spend more time with those near and dear to your heart and less time making small talk with those extended family members that you only sort-of know.
If you’re a detail-oriented person who gets frustrated when things don’t go as planned, a destination wedding might not be right for you. Since you won’t be planning it in person, you have to be willing to hand over the reins to wedding planners or vendors on site. For some, this may be ideal, but for control freaks, this is probably a deal breaker.
Another thing to consider is entertainment. While you and your new husband/wife might be entertained for the week (or weekend), you’ll probably have to entertain your guests as well. YOU are the reason they are there, so you have to be willing to spend an extended amount of time with them.
Pros & Cons
Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to a destination wedding. You have to decide whether or not the pros outweigh the cons. Categorize what is most important to you. Have you always envisioned having a huge wedding with friends, family, extended family, and even some acquaintances? Then this kind of wedding probably isn’t for you. Are you a laid back person and the thought of planning a wedding gives you anxiety? Maybe a destination wedding is right up your alley.
If you find that the pros outweigh the cons, go for it. A destination wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you and your guests will remember forever.