A destination wedding is an out-of-town wedding usually also followed by a honeymoon at the same location. Depending on how much you can afford, you fly in a few relatives and/or friends to your destination wedding – to create your own cozy wedding atmosphere. It is your wedding, in your style. For more detailed answers to questions most often asked on destination weddings, continue reading:
What are destination weddings?
A destination wedding is a wedding planned and conducted at a place other than your own because you love the destination. More often than not this destination wedding extends to become your honeymoon as well. The idea is to give the wedding celebrations some wing by giving it the best exotic locale that you can afford. Great destination weddings can be planned all over the World, just remember the closer it is to home, the cheaper your destination wedding will be. Sometimes destination weddings include only the couple (and their children, if applicable) and sometimes it becomes a bigger event with hundreds of guests attending.
Why are destination weddings cool?
Imagine yourself dressed in your bridal wear (or bridegroom’s suit) and standing in a warm, beautiful, and luxurious atmosphere and your gleaming family and friends toasting the best moment of your life – your wedding. Now imagine the music playing in the background as you exchange the vows and head for your drink, knowing fully well that this party isn’t going to end the moment you have to vacate the wedding hall – it will continue to a week because you have booked the best destination wedding venue you could afford. Most destination weddings get extended to a honeymoon no that there is leaving the breathtaking wedding destination in just a day. To believe us, look no further than the latest trend amongst loving couples planning weddings – a good chunk of couples have been going for affordable all inclusive destination weddings. Since the couples discuss the wedding destination ideas with their relatives and friends, the concept of destination weddings has got a viral uptick.
Will my friends and relatives like me to have destination wedding?
Before you plan your destination wedding, you need to agree on a few things with your prospective husband (or wife).
1) What will be the cost of the destination wedding?
2) What will be the location of the destination wedding?
3) How long shall the destination wedding last?
4) What will be the arrangements required at the wedding destination?
5) Who all need to be invited to the destination wedding?
Once you and your spouse agree on the answers to these questions on a destination wedding it is time to call in the relatives and share with them your idea to have an all inclusive affordable destination wedding. Such weddings always take everybody by surprise – though it is appealing and exotic, it also means that attending the wedding is going to cost extra. Our recommendation is to first run past your idea of having a destination marriage with your close relatives and friends first – because they wouldn’t mind incurring the cost to be there for you when you need them the most. In case a good set of your close and not so close friends and relatives decide to not make it to your destination wedding you can always choose to have a reception in your hometown.
How should I plan my destination wedding?
Most people start thinking of destination wedding ideas a year in advance and we think that is also the right time to start your destination wedding plans. Before even approaching any company which will help you plan your wedding at the exotic location, please have all answers to the above five questions. Discussing your destination wedding a year in advance also gives you ample time to get the best all-inclusive deals possible at the resort of your choice. The larger the group you will be travelling with the lower will be your all inclusive rates. But the sooner you will have to start the planning. Always get in touch with a company or facilitator who will plan your destination wedding for it is always better to rely on an expert.
What documents are needed for a smooth destination wedding?
The detailed answer to this question depends on the country in which you have got your all-inclusive wedding deal with the resort. The short answer is that most countries need just an internationally valid Identification Card such as a birth certificate, a school leaving certificate or a passport. Depending on the destination, they may also request for a marriage license application. This is why we strongly recommend that you bring in a destination-wedding manager or company the moment you start discussing your destination wedding ideas.
How can I keep the costs low?
You need to keep the costs for your destination wedding as low as possible for two simple reasons:
1) You need money to live your life after your wedding
2) Your friends and relatives will have to shell out more to be at the venue
The best way to keep the costs low is to plan your destination wedding in advance – the sooner you start the more you save. If you plan early, this saving or getting deals is possible both on flight tickets and in the resort itself. Needless to say always go for all inclusive deals when it comes to destination weddings.
You may also want to look out for travel companies that offer Easy Instalment payments, if you plan your wedding through them.
Who can coordinate my wedding at the location?
Destination weddings can be very complicated affairs and as the bride or the groom you don’t need to go through the stress. So best is to request the resort for an on-site coordinator for your destination wedding. With a coordinator in place, all you need to do is land up for your wedding and deal with just the limelight and not the stress. This allows you to give freedom to your destination wedding ideas and not be bound by the limitations of executing the ideas – sometimes this wedding coordinator is part of the all inclusive package.
How to get best deals for travel & stay for the destination wedding?
It is usual for the participating friends and relatives of the bride and the groom to pay for travel to the wedding destination. Though they will be paying, it makes sense for you to contact the airlines and check if there are group travel discounts you can avail. If each person books individually, you lose the leverage for group deals. The best practice is that the bride and the groom handle the costs for all friends and relatives once they reach the wedding destination – this can be only possible if you discuss and take an all inclusive deal with the resort. Try as hard as possible for a group discount here as well. The time of the year when you decide to have the wedding can also impact the prices so if you are on a budget, check on the lean period.