Traditionally, a destination wedding consists of a traditional ceremony which is hosted at the place where the two engaged couples want to get married, sometimes for several days. These weddings are often associated with romantic locations, such as the South of France or Cabo San Lucas Mexico, for which they are named. In the United States, these types of weddings have become increasingly popular, mostly because of their affordability (some destination wedding packages can be half the price of a typical Las Vegas wedding). For this reason, many couples are opting to get married in other places. While a destination wedding in Las Vegas may still be very much “your wedding”, there are certainly a lot of other places that you could get married in the US and Canada, or even in other parts of the world.
If you’re considering getting married in another country, it’s important to know what your options are before planning your trip. While the day of your ceremony may still depend on where you ultimately choose, many destination wedding packages will allow you to choose when you wed. Typically, these ceremonies are typically scheduled around the popular times of year when most people are married. There is an underlying theme, such as the month of May or the month of December for some countries, but for the most part, the only time frame that is set is the time frame that coincides with the main festivities of the local region. For example, a destination wedding in Mexico could take place around Labor Day weekend, for a week of festivities leading up to a large fireworks display in the sky.
Once you know when and where you would like to get married, you should consider the different elements involved in planning for the wedding itself. Some of the most important elements of a destination wedding include the location, the guest list, and the marriage license. If you’re not familiar with these terms yet, they basically mean the same thing, and a quick explanation will help clarify them for you:
The location of a destination wedding can be anywhere that you and your partner want it to be. You could choose to have your marriage ceremony in a garden, on a beach, in a park, or any other location that you think will be special for your guests. Obviously, you will need hotel rooms if you choose to have your guests stay at one of these locations. Most of these hotels will have everything you need to make your guests comfortable, from televisions and telephones to linen and towels.
Another element of a destination wedding, which affects many couples, is the guest list. Many of the weddings I’ve officiated have had a very large guest list, including close friends and family members who travel regularly to see their spouse or partner. In these cases, the bride and groom are responsible for contacting these people and setting up the events that they’ll attend. In many Mexico weddings, I would also recommend having a list of close friends and family members at the ceremony so that if anyone is late, they know where you will be and can make arrangements to be with you on your way. Some couples choose not to notify their guests of this information in advance, simply out of fear that someone will drop off their invite unexpectedly.
As you can see, there are many reasons that couples choose to have destination weddings rather than going somewhere else. The one that will most likely appeal to you is the idea that you and your soon-to-be spouse can spend quality time with your friends and family, something that you won’t be able to do when you are surrounded by your relatives in the same city. And besides, it doesn’t really matter where you have your destination wedding – you can have it in a tropical paradise or in the suburbs of an urban area. What matters most is that you and your guests have a great time!