Should You Choose A Destination Wedding?

Every year it seems more and more couples are opting to get married abroad, and apparently the trend is expected to continue growing. So what are the advantages to having a destination wedding? Are there any disadvantages? And more importantly, would a destination wedding be right for you?

Location

Well, one of the advantages must surely be the location. Imagine exchanging your vows on a paradise island, soft white sandy beaches, palm trees, lush green surroundings, breathtaking sunsets, and the beautiful turquoise sea.

Just perfect if all you want is a small intimate wedding, with maybe just a couple of your closest friends and relations. And, don’t forget, as soon as your wedding is over you start your honeymoon. No travelling – you are already there.

On the other hand, having your wedding a long way from home might not go down too well with some friends and family members, especially when they realise they won’t be attending your wedding.

So tell them they are all invited to a big reception when you get home, and leave it at that. After all, it’s your wedding, not theirs.

The Weather

Everyone wants the sun to shine on their wedding day. And the weather can make or break your wedding day. Here in the UK for instance, this summer has been quite gloomy and very wet, with just a mere handful of hot, sunny days.

Compare that, with say an island in the Mediterranean such as Cyprus. With their 326 days of sunshine each year, you would be almost guaranteed perfect weather on your wedding day.

Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be very stressful, and very time consuming. Most people have full time jobs – some have homes to run and families to care for. So it can difficult to find the time to search out venues, and interview vendors, photographers, caterers, and DJs. And then decide who should be included on the guest list, send out invitations, and organise the dreaded seating plan.

But marrying abroad can take all that stress away from you. Most of the resorts and luxury hotels have on-site coordinators, who will plan your wedding day according to your instructions. The internet makes it very easy to keep in touch and follow the planning every step of the way.

There are different packages available to suit all budgets. Basic packages usually offer the services of an officiant, your flowers, including bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole, a wedding cake etc. And your coordinator will normally organize all the legal stuff and any extras that you may want to include.

The Costs

The average cost of a traditional wedding is now around £20,000, so how does that compare with a beach wedding on a tropical island?

Of course, as well as the cost of a fully inclusive wedding package, you need to factor in the price of your airline tickets and the party you throw when you return home, to be able to come up with a final total.

But I wouldn’t mind betting that after taking all this into consideration, your destination wedding will cost only a fraction of the price of a traditional wedding.

If you would like to find out more about destination weddings, there are several useful websites you could look up. One that I think is particularly useful is ‘perfectweddingsabroad.co.uk’.

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.

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