A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place in a place far away from your hometown. This venue could be in your home country or abroad. Destination weddings have become popular among many Americans over the past few years, perhaps for the fact that they offer the couple an opportunity to travel and possibly to proceed to the honeymoon right after the wedding.
However, before you choose to do a destination wedding, it is imperative that you cross the t’s and dot the i’s. So, is a destination wedding right for you? Read on to find out.
When It Could Work
Where you have enough money to spare – It is an open secret that the main thing which turns people off from destination weddings is the cost factor. These weddings will make you incur way too many costs. From travelling expenses to hiring a wedding planner as well as the actual wedding expenses. However, if your budget is big enough to accommodate all the projected expenses, why not give destination weddings a shot?
Where the destination is a point of interest – At times, you might have a sentimental attachment with the destination the wedding is taking place. Perhaps this is the place where you were born, met your partner or better yet, it could be the very place you are planning to go on a honeymoon. In such cases, destination weddings would work wonders. If it is a place that reminds you of some glorious past moments, this is the time to bring back the nostalgia. And if it is a place to which you would like to proceed on a honeymoon, which would be a few bucks saved.
Where you have a wedding planner – One of the most common drawbacks to destination weddings is the apparent lack of understanding of the venue in question. However, why would you care about understanding the venue when a wedding planner can do it for you? You can commit everything to them and only show up on the D-day or a couple of days prior to your wedding.
When It Could Not Work?
We have looked at some typical scenarios when a destination wedding would work. However, you shouldn’t consider doing a destination wedding under the following circumstances.
Where your budget is constrained – If you really are struggling to cut down on your budget, it would be more imperative to have a hometown wedding. This is a perfect way of cutting on unnecessary expenditure such as travel costs.
Where there could be serious cultural differences – This is something not many proponents of destination weddings give a thought to. Imagine travelling to do a wedding in a country where your staple foods are considered exotic. Not only will it be difficult to have them prepared, but sourcing for these foods would be a trouble in itself. Would you be happy to compromise your big day to that extent? I guess not.
Before going on a destination wedding, assess your strengths and weaknesses. Determine whether the venue adds to your finances and overall happiness. If not, shun the idea and do a wedding in your hometown.