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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! After you answered the big question, you’re suddenly realizing that getting married involves a million new questions: What style dress should you wear? Should you invite odd cousin Lou and his constant knuckle-popping? How many ABBA songs should you play during the reception? (Answers: classic empire waist; no; three).
One of the first big questions to answer, though, is where will you get married. You can choose your neighborhood church, a dance hall in the big city, or maybe a destination wedding at some tropical island. Judging by the title of this article, we think you should choose the destination wedding. To show you why, here are five elements you’re going to love about saying your “I Do’s” far, far away.
Do you know how much traditional weddings cost nowadays? The average wedding in the U.S. runs anywhere from $25,000 - $60,000, which is a sizable chunk of change for many young couples. One option is to run off to a Las Vegas wedding chapel and see if an Elvis impersonator can be your officiant. Or escape to an island resort, which is actually a reasonable alternative.
Many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean offer affordable wedding packages that include the room, a personalized ceremony and reception to start, with additional items like a DJ and photographer at minimal costs. Some resorts, along with vacation package suppliers like Delta Vacations, also give you bonus incentives for bringing a wedding group down to their resort, making your overall cost even lower.
At a local wedding, you’re expected to invite everyone. At a destination wedding, you’re only expected to invite your nearest and dearest. So there’s no stressing about which third-cousins or distant aunts you have to invite in order to placate the family. Instead, you bring along only those friends and family members you truly want to celebrate with.
Plus, you’ll have more time to spend with these lovely people. Many just-married couples often complain that they wish their wedding day could have lasted longer. It goes by in such a blur, they didn’t have time to touch base with everyone. At a destination wedding, you’ll have days to spend with your guests, quality time that will make the ceremony even more meaningful.
You want your big day to be uniquely yours—we get that. Thankfully, destination weddings come with a whole suitcase full of options for you to customize every little detail to your heart’s content. For starters, your travel agent and the resort’s on-site wedding planner can work together to provide a host of options, from special excursions for your bridesmaids and extra resort credit to spend at the spa during your stay, to color-coordinated beach wedding scenes and local entertainers.
The best way to discover all of the options a particular resort offers is to take a pre-wedding “test drive.” Some resorts offer these “test drives” at discounted prices, allowing you to experiences the resort first hand and to learn more about chapel locales, reception menus, ceremony types, beach options and more.
While a common picture is worth a thousand words, a wedding picture is worth a lot more. And while you’re local church or that picturesque farm will have a lovely backdrop for your pictures, nothing compares to the snaps taken while you’re exchanging vows on a white-sand beach, the turquoise waves lapping in the background, palms trees swaying overhead. With so much beauty and romance baked into the destinations, the pictures will turn out to be priceless.
Your travel professional has many options at their disposal to make your destination wedding dreams come true. One such option they turn to time and time again is Delta Vacations. Creating complete travel packages that include air, accommodations, wedding venue, planning assistance and more, Delta Vacations makes it easy for you and your betrothed to relax and enjoy the moment to the fullest. Plus, their packages include excellent savings, flexible payment options and the chance to earn bonus miles.
Vacation's travel agents specialize in a variety of destinations and celebrations, including destination weddings. They also help couples work with unique suppliers such as Delta Vacations to plan the perfect proposal, wedding, or vow renewal ceremony. Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent, who can customize the dream itinerary you both deserve.
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