Over the past few decades, there have been many brides and grooms who have chosen to pass on traditional church weddings and have chosen to wed in an exotic location instead.
There are many reasons why couples choose this option, and the most common reason is budget concerns. For example, when couples choose a Villa Punto de Vista destination wedding villa, only close family members and friends will be able to attend the wedding. This will spare couples from expenses like large receptions.
Whatever the reasons are, destination weddings are increasingly popular among those who are getting married for the first time, as well as among couples who are looking to renew their vows. If you are working with a wedding planner, or you have chosen a DIY wedding planning approach, consider the following list of helpful tips.
Choose Your Destination Carefully
It does not matter what your personal style or budget is; there is a perfect destination for every couple. For couples who love nature, they may choose to make it official by saying their vows on top of their favorite mountain.
A beach babe and beach bum may prefer the laid-back atmosphere a tropical location offers. A couple that has more money to spend may choose to cross over the pond and get married in Europe. Couples that have small children may take the whimsical approach and get wed at Disneyland.
Whichever you prefer, take a head count before paying a deposit. You may assume that only a few family members and friends want to make the journey with you, when in reality, many more are looking for some time away from home. To prevent an overflow of the chapel, consider an alternative venue.
Plan in Advance
As the saying goes, “the early bird catches the worm.” This means you should begin planning well in advance if you want certain amenities or a block of hotel rooms facing the ocean. Be sure your big day is not downsized to a two-star resort by making reservations well ahead of time.
Most hotels and resorts will allow you to reserve a group of rooms at once, especially if they know it is for a wedding. Keep an eye on how quickly the rooms are getting filled, and reserve more if necessary.
If you are traveling abroad, the trip will require additional planning. Airfare, asking for time off and passports are just some of the considerations that you will need to keep in mind.
Save Cash by Combining
The beautiful thing about destination weddings is that they can serve as getaways, weddings, receptions, honeymoons and island hopping all in one. Hawaii and the Caribbean are the two most popular locations for destination weddings, and couples can save a lot of money by combining all of their celebrations into one trip.
Destination weddings are also a great way for other family members to have a vacation. The party can continue after the wedding is over, and the ceremony can turn into a reunion and introduction for both sides of the family.
You do not have to spend a fortune to say ‘I do’. Use these tips while planning your nuptials and create an affordable and memorable experience for you and your spouse.