Many brides and grooms are swept away with the idea of a destination wedding. So much so that they jump right into planning that special getaway without considering what it means, what it will cost, or what might go wrong.
For most, there is no day more important or more memorable than your wedding day. It is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. Yet, for some, it winds up being something other than what they expected. Why? Because they didn’t research and plan ahead. Instead of rushing the most important day of your life, you should stop, take a breather and weigh the pros and cons of the idea.
Yes, even wedding days have their pros and cons. Here are a few of the pros and cons of a destination wedding. Consider them carefully and decide whether it is the right idea for you and your special someone.
Pro: Shrink That Guest List
For some people, this might not be considered a pro, but for most, the ability to reduce the guest list without seeming rude is a serious benefit. You won’t necessarily have to “not invite” anyone, but some simply will not be able to attend because of the travel. Depending on the destination you choose, there may be a max occupancy, as well. For example, some wedding destinations tucked away in national parks have a maximum guest capacity of 25 people.
If you were searching for that perfect reason not to invite your uncle that always drinks or your cousin who starts drama, then a destination wedding may be the perfect solution.
Pro: A One-Of-A-Kind Wedding
A lot of traditional weddings seem to follow a fairly standard set-up and routine. Destination weddings, on the other hand, offer you and the guests a chance to experience something new and unique. How different? That all depends on the destination you choose.
With a destination wedding, you can experience a new culture, new scenery, and new cuisine while guaranteeing that your wedding is not one to be forgotten.
Pro: Reduced Costs
This one is a bit tricky. In many cases, a destination wedding can actually be more affordable than a local wedding. The cost of airfare and a hotel stay might offset those savings some. The guests will all pay for their own way and the wedding ceremony is usually purchased as part of a package deal. However, a small, simple wedding at home can still be more affordable.
Con: Confusing Legalities
Whether you are going from state-to-state or country-to-country, different areas have their own laws when it comes to marriage, ceremonies, and what is legally binding. You will have to take the time to research the local marriage laws and make sure you are able to be legally married without jumping through any extra hoops.
In a worst case scenario, you may have to host a separate legal ceremony at home before you travel to your destination wedding. Either way, you need to know what to expect and what is required of you before you send out the invitations.
Con: Guests You Like Cannot Attend
Yes, shrinking the guest list is a pro when it is excluding the people you do not want to come, but what about those whom you do want to come? Unfortunately, you have to take the bad with the good. It is very likely that some of the guests you really want to attend simply won’t be able to make it.
Seniors may have trouble traveling. Maybe some of the guests cannot afford the airfare and hotel prices. If it is crucial that these people are there for your wedding, then you may have to choose a venue closer to home.
Destination weddings can be amazing and unforgettable. They can also be troublesome and stressful. Take the time to weigh each pro and con carefully before committing to any specific destination.
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