So you got engaged?! Congratulations! Now comes the hard part, deciding where to get married. Maybe you don’t want to get married at home, maybe you’ve always envisioned getting married somewhere exotic with your toes in the sand. If so, awesome! You’ve come to the right place! After helping so many couples over the years, and planning my own destination wedding, I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of considerations that I think every couple should go over before deciding on a Destination Wedding.
Advantages of a Destination Wedding:
- It’s cost effective! This is one of the factors I think couples love the most, because who doesn’t love to save money? Most couples that are newly engaged don’t have a large nest egg built up yet, but they don’t want to sacrifice a beautiful wedding. Then a Destination Wedding is the way to go! The average destination wedding is much less expensive than the average wedding in the United States. You get a whole lot more bang for your buck at an all-inclusive resort. Also, I know which resorts offer the most benefits for couples and their guests.
- You will actually remember your big day and get to enjoy it! Have you ever heard anyone say they barely remember their wedding day? I have talked to so many couples that say what they remember the most about their wedding day is that they never got to sit down to eat. That’s awful! With a destination wedding you have an onsite wedding team who is handling all of the details so you don’t need to stress about anything! They will make sure the day goes seamlessly so you guys get to enjoy every minute and not stress!
- You get to spend not just one day celebrating with the people you love the most, but multiple days, and hello, you are in PARADISE! For my wedding week, we spent a day at the beach with all of our guests, I went horseback riding through the jungle to a cenote with the girls, my husband went deep sea fishing with the guys, we would all go out to eat together, and go to the bars together to go dancing…it was SO MUCH FUN!
- For those couples with a huge guest list, having a destination wedding helps to reduce that guest list size. This is great for couples who have large families, but don’t have the budget to accommodate and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
- You receive a wedding planner from the resort included in your wedding package that you select at no extra cost. He or she, along with my help, will take you through the planning process step by step. The resorts that I recommend specialize in Destination Weddings so their wedding departments really know what they are doing and will ensure that your wedding day turns out beautifully.
- You can extend your stay to save on flight costs and have your honeymoon in the same destination. This could be at the same resort, or we could move you over to another resort for more privacy and/or an adults only resort if you got married at a family friendly.
- You will likely hear from your guests that it is the best wedding they have ever been to for years to come! My guests still tell me that our wedding was the best they have ever been to, with the best food too!
- Your wedding photos are going to knock everyone’s socks off! Picture the sun setting and the gorgeous blue ocean in the background (see some of my wedding photos in the Riviera Maya, MX below).
Things to consider:
- Planning a destination wedding means you can’t just drive over to the venue on a Saturday to check it out. This can be scary, I get it. Photoshop is not always your friend, and online reviews can’t always be trusted, BUT I am here to help you through the process and share my knowledge. I’ve been to these resorts, I know the planners at the resorts, and I know all of the steps that go into planning a Destination Wedding. Plus my services are absolutely free for you. I get a referral from the resort once travel is complete and this in no way affects your cost, nor your guest’s costs.
- Some guests may not be able to attend due to costs or schedule. You have to be OK with this when deciding to have a Destination Wedding. I went through this with my own wedding, and while it hurt, and I was sad, I knew ahead of time that it’s part of having a Destination Wedding.
- To legally get married in a destination outside of the U.S. some countries require extra steps such as a blood test and/or being at the resort several business days ahead of time. This sounds scary, but it’s actually fairly easy and the resorts always use a professional. If you don’t want to worry about the extra steps then you can always opt into having a symbolic ceremony that looks like a legal ceremony. A lot of the couples I assist go this route. They will have their legal ceremony in the states either before or after their destination wedding. My husband and I did. Being fun loving Las Vegans, my husband and I had our legal ceremony in a pink Cadillac at the drive-through (see the picture below). It was an experience I will never forget!
I am sure there are more that could be added to this list, but these are what I encounter the most. I have zero regrets having a destination wedding and not a single one of my couples has ever told me that they regret it either. Talk to your fiance, make a list of questions/concerns, and then reach out to me so we can talk about if a destination wedding is right for you.