According to The Knot’s 2021 Wedding Survey, which surveyed more than 27,000 newly married couples in the United States this year, destination weddings are much more popular today than they have ever been in the past. In fact, you may have even planned a destination wedding without actually knowing it. Whether you are having your wedding in Florida or Kenya, you can still plan a spectacular destination wedding with just a few simple tips. Here are some of the top destination wedding ideas from the Knot’s survey:
Destination weddings allow you to take a break from the normal and the predictable. It gives you a chance to get away from the usual routine of planning your event. Some couples choose destination weddings simply because they like the idea of being far away from their usual parties and celebrations. With that in mind, when it comes to arranging a location, consider the average cost of each destination to determine which ones offer the lowest average cost for your guests.
Another factor you will consider is whether the bride or groom need a marriage license, or if he or she needs a honeymoon cruise or a visa. These can be a factor if you are not eligible for a marriage license or you do not want to risk the hassle of getting married in a foreign country and going through all the red tape associated with that. However, most destination weddings require you to have at least a marriage license, so this shouldn’t keep you from planning a dream honeymoon. If you are planning a cruise, the company you booked the trip with should be able to give you a list of destinations where they go, and what the processing time will be for a marriage license. Just make sure the company has a reliable agent in your area.
Another important factor to keep in mind when planning destination weddings is the guest list. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning, especially if you have never done it before. If you have never had a destination wedding before, your list may include close friends and family members, but it might also include other guests that aren’t as familiar with your interests or lifestyle. It is important to invite guests who fit both of your guest list, and the type of celebration you want. For instance, if you want to have a formal party, then you probably don’t want to invite everyone who lives in your neighborhood. Keep in mind that you can always change your guest list once you are assured of the type of destination weddings you are planning.
Another thing to keep in mind is how long you plan to stay overnight. For destination weddings, it may seem like it isn’t much time at all, but you need to figure out how many hours you will be spending at each destination. For example, if you are having a formal party, you may only want to stay an hour, whereas if you are hoping for some more of a relaxing experience, you could stay overnight. As long as you can plan accordingly, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get everyone where they need to be for the big day.
Planning destination weddings can be very time consuming and there are several different things to consider. However, if you follow these basic tips, you should be able to have a wonderful and unique wedding weekend. Keep in mind that you have the option to have an on-site wedding, but if that is not what you want, you also have the option to have an off-site ceremony. The main difference between the two is that an on-site wedding typically includes a church or other religious ceremony and an off-site wedding typically involves you are arriving by car or plane. Oftentimes, having a special wedding ceremony makes the ceremony truly memorable, but for those couples who prefer a less traditional wedding, either option is perfectly fine!