For many couples, a destination wedding could be the ideal option for their upcoming big day. Traditionally, a destination wedding involves an engagement ceremony which is held far from the bride’s or groom’s home town, which calls for extended travel for all (if not most) of those involved. These weddings are often associated with beautiful, scenic locations, such as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico or Paris, France. If this sounds like your perfect getaway, keep reading to learn more about planning a destination wedding, how to find the right location, and the etiquette that will surround the occasion.
In many cases, the engagement ceremony is held at the actual destination wedding location itself. This can be convenient if the couple has already decided on the type of wedding they want, as well as the date they would like to exchange vows. A typical destination wedding ceremony consists of a luncheon with members of the wedding party in the dining room or another location of the hotel or resort, and then the formal ceremony, either in a different area of the building or at a more central location within the facility. There is generally an open bar when the wedding party is present, though not necessarily for alcohol consumption.
A destination wedding may be a great choice for couples who do not plan on spending a large amount of time in their destination. The bride or groom can take advantage of some of the local attractions while still preserving their privacy and special time for their marriage. Many of the couples I speak with who have taken their marriage into the stars often say that their trip was really the honeymoon they had been looking forward to. The guests were comfortable, relaxed, and ready to relax and enjoy themselves after spending months in the city. Because there was no need for a marriage license or other legal documents to get married, the guests were able to enjoy the festivities and scenery without worrying about what society considers to be moral issues.
For couples hosting a destination wedding in their hometown, hiring a wedding planner in the surrounding area can make the planning process much easier. While it may be fairly easy for a couple who lives just outside of a larger city to hire a wedding planner who lives within the same city, couples who are considering a honeymoon vacation in a smaller, out-of-the-way area may find it helpful to hire a planner who lives near the planned destination. This way, they can take advantage of all of the cultural attractions and activities that their destination has to offer without having to worry about traveling out of town for cultural activities and events.
The majority of couples I speak with who are planning destination weddings in a hometown area prefer to hire a wedding planner in the surrounding area because it makes it easy to conduct the ceremony in the evening. Most cities have setdown times at which weddings can be held, so it is very convenient for couples to get married in the evening and then spend the evening enjoying the attractions of the city. In many cases, couples who are looking to have a destination wedding choose a church or other location that is open after hours. In these cases, they can simply wait until the morning comes before they pop the big event. Couples who have planned their weddings in the evening, however, may find that they need to get up early and drive down to the nearest church to have the ceremony, because most churches charge extra fees for couples who wish to have the ceremony in their church.
For couples who are planning destination weddings in an area where they plan to stay close to their guests, hiring a resort that is close to the bride and groom’s home can be very helpful. Resorts that are located close to accommodations, such as inns and hotels, make it easier for guests who want to spend time in the area while their wedding guests are visiting. If you choose a resort that is located far from your guests’ homes, however, you may find yourself paying more for your hotel accommodations than you would if the venue were closer to your guests’ homes. It will all come down to personal preference when choosing a resort and the final cost of your stay.