Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in a person’s life. But now that you are engaged, does the thought of planning your wedding leave you feeling overwhelmed? Well, there’s good news! Vacation is here to help! Have you considered a destination wedding? It can be a great alternative to a traditional, hometown wedding and here’s why…
Destination weddings are a great way to plan the most special day of your new life together, allowing for extended time with friends and family, customizable wedding options for all budgets and the opportunity to have unforgettable memories.
Today, most couples don’t live in the town where they were born and raised. You left the nest when you attended college out of state, then graduated and moved to another place to start your career. And on top of that, your college friends moved across the country, your fiancé’s parents live on the coast, and your parents and siblings are spread out over the globe. Having a destination wedding can bring everyone together in one neutral location to celebrate your big day.
Your Money Goes Farther
Have you seen how much a traditional wedding costs today? The average wedding in the U.S. runs $32,000, rising as high as $60,000 in larger cities! Gone are the days of running off to a Las Vegas wedding chapel with Elvis as your officiant. The good news is that destination weddings offer an attractive and affordable option, with the average cost coming in at $17,000.
You Want Fireworks and Fire Dancers
Brides want what they want. Until recently, it was quite common to choose prepackaged wedding bundles, but today, your destination can be completely customized to your desires. Your travel agent can work with you and your chosen resort’s on-site wedding planner to customize your wedding. Yep… that includes fire dancers, mariachi bands, color-coded linens and flowers, fireworks and more!
A destination wedding is a great way to celebrate with friends and family for more than just two hours at the reception. After their wedding day is over, many newlyweds say they wished it could have lasted longer. And with a destination wedding, you and your guests can celebrate for multiple days and enjoy a vacation as well.
On-Site Wedding Planners
If the resort you are booking offers destination wedding packages, then more than likely, they will also have an on-site wedding planner. These specialists will meet with you upon your arrival to finalize any details you have yet to complete and to arrange the necessary legal documents. Your wedding planner will take the time to verify your plans, show you the venues and be there each step of the way on your very special day.
Many resorts offer a test drive pre-wedding visit for couples considering a destination wedding to see the resort and wedding décor options, speak with the on-site wedding photographer, or pick out the reception menu. And many resorts offer incentives and credits for the wedding couple and for each guest who attends.
Picture Perfect Locations
Destination weddings offer you the opportunity to have the world as your backdrop for your ceremony; especially if you’ve dreamt of exchanging your vows on a white sandy beach overlooking turquoise blue waters, or perhaps on a vineyard setting in Tuscany. Work with your travel agent to determine what location is ideal for you and your fiancé.
A Place for Everyone
Finding the perfect resort for your destination wedding is easier than ever. From adults-only to family-friendly, there’s a wedding style to fit every couple and their guests. Many resort chains have multiple properties to accommodate various budgets and needs.
Inspired by this article and want to speak with a Vacation travel agent about how you can plan a fabulous destination wedding? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts connect you with a destination wedding specialist to plan the most memorable vacay of your life.