Imagine a destination wedding on a beach or mountain top surrounded by your family and closest friends.
Looking for a unique way to say “I do?”
Why not exchange your vows in a stunning destination wedding. Whether you envision a ceremony on a white-sand beach, overlooking gorgeous mountain ranges or in a beautiful garden, the possibilities are endless. With a destination weddings, many couples opt for intimate celebrations, while some invite as many as 200 guests. The best part, destination weddings also allow your friends and family members to bond and enjoy themselves.
Same price as a traditional wedding, really?
Believe it or not, couples choosing destination weddings can sometimes spend less (sometimes a lot less) than a traditional wedding celebration. Because guests expect to pay for their own travel and accommodations, the bride and groom only need to worry about the cost of the ceremony and reception and their travel costs. This way, destination weddings can be as lavish or simple as you desire. Whether you want to celebrate your marriage with a luxurious reception in a ballroom or at a casual beach party, there are endless options to fit any budget.
Destination wedding advice: consult an expert for best results.
While a destination wedding is an attractive alternate to the traditional wedding, destination weddings do still require considerable planning and research. When you work with an experienced Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Travel Specialist from Travel Leaders you can rest easy. Our team of experienced, friendly and professional travel specialists have countless options for airfare, hotels, amenities, and wedding facilities right at their finger tips. We plan over 50 Destination weddings/ year… We’ve seen it all and we can be your guide.
Destination Weddings – The top 5 reasons for choosing a wedding away from home:
Affordability: Compare the expense of a traditional wedding, reception and honeymoon with a wedding that’s set smack
dab in the middle of your honeymoon location! The average wedding and reception now costs over $20,000 — and many are double or triple that amount! A destination wedding can be arranged for much less, leaving the couple with a little something left over to start their lives together. You will find that the guest list will be much smaller (fewer mouths to feed), and the guests who DO decide to make the trip are the ones who really matter to you.
Ease of planning: Resorts, cruise lines, and major destination cities have all jumped on the destination wedding bandwagon. Many offer wedding planning services that anticipate your every need. Because wedding planning is their business, they offer complete packages that include licenses and documentation, photography, a minister, floral arrangements, refreshments — all tailored to suit the couple’s preferences. They are well aware of local restrictions and customs to avoid any last minute paperwork hassles.
Agenda is set by the bride and groom: All the details reflect the couple that is getting married — the location, the number of guests and attendants (if any), the attire, the decorations and theme — the list goes on and on. But these decisions are made by the bride and groom — not their parents who sometimes feel pressure from relatives and friends to follow the traditional path. This makes it a personal celebration that the bride and groom orchestrate on their own according to their own preferences. Maybe they prefer casual get-togethers. No need for the traditional long gown and tuxedo — get married in a sundress and a pair of khaki shorts!
Reunion opportunity: This is a perfect occasion for families and friends (who may now live far apart) to get together on vacation! Nobody has any responsibilities except to relax and enjoy each other’s company. The wedding specialists take care of the details of coordinating travel for guests, making sure they have proper documentation, and catering to their individual needs (handicap accessible rooms, ocean views, non-smoking rooms, etc.)
Ideal for second marriages: This is a great way for couples who have already experienced the dog and pony show of a traditional wedding to get married. They can choose to invite family and friends (maybe including children in the wedding party) or steal away on their own for a relaxing time together at a destination that appeals to both.
Important things to know about planning the perfect destination wedding.
Tell your friends. Tell your bridal party about the destination before you ask them to stand by your side so that they can gracefully decline if finances are tight. Don’t be upset if some of your closest friends or relatives don’t attend.
Research Local Marriage Requirements. The legal side of tying the knot in a different country can be complicated. Many countries have a “residency requirement” (for example, 24 hours in Turks and Caicos and 7 days in England)
Time it right. If you choose to marry during high season, you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices increase.
Pick the Perfect Spot. The location of your wedding determines not only the mood (rustic, sophisticated, beachy), but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off. You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend saying, “That was so them!”
Don’t Stress Out. Wedding planners say destination weddings are less stressful than traditional hometown hooplas, since many of the details are taken care of for you.
Go With the Flow. Like all nuptials, destination weddings can hit snags, but we are here to prevent them. There could be language barriers, currency exchange issues or general unfamiliarity with the area and its residents. Your Destination Wedding Specialist will make sure you are prepared so your big day is everything you’ve dreamed it would be.
Use a Destination Wedding Specialist. If you’re hosting a destination wedding, you will need to entrust part of the planning to someone else’s capable hands. We have plenty of experience … you can sit back, relax and enjoy your big day while we work out the details.
Inform your friends & family about all the details of your destination wedding on your FREE personal planning page.
When you’re planning your destination wedding, it’s nice to have a personalized web page you can email to folks with all the details of your big event. When you work with a Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Travel Specialist from our Romance Team, we’ll quickly create a special page with your picture, information about your big day, the resort, important travel details, and more!
You’ve found the place for the perfect honeymoon or wedding spot! Browse through our sample honeymoon registries for suggestions on all the wonderful items your friends and family can give you as a wedding gift. Design your custom wedding registry from ideas we’ve showcased or include your personalized honeymoon wishes. Create a stunning honeymoon registry and wedding website … you’ll be on your way to the honeymoon of your dreams.