Overview of Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are buzzwords in the wedding industry. Although many people automatically think as a destination wedding as one being held in the Caribbean, that is not the whole picture. In fact, true destination weddings are not a new trend in weddings but rather one that has been around for some time. The only difference between then and now, destinations weddings in the past were normally for people who eloped whereas now, the destination wedding may include family and friends, as well.

Destination wedding really means a wedding that takes place out of the bridal couple’s vicinity. There is usually a theme attached to the wedding in some way as well. For example, Las Vegas weddings were probably the first public types of destination weddings. The eloping couple went to the chapel in Las Vegas and got married. They might have ordered a wedding involving impersonators of celebrities or other themes such as a Victorian wedding.

Then, it became fashionable to hold a wedding in the Caribbean on the beach. So the bride, groom and close family friends traveled off to the newest hotspot to have a perfect wedding in an exotic place. But theoretically, a destination wedding can held anywhere. It can be on the other side of the country, it can be in a foreign country or it can even be in another city.

Many destination wedding locations offer bridal consultants to plan the wedding itself, make the necessary local arrangements and act as the liaison between location and vendors. Travel agencies are even hiring their own wedding planners to encourage couples to book with their company. The planner typically books the trip for the whole entourage so that everyone is assured seats together, arranges transportation from the airport to the venue, secures the marriage license and offers the whole package as all-inclusive pricing so that the couple can budget accordingly.

Unquestionably, there are several reasons why destination weddings have become popular.

  • They are practical. In today’s fast paced lifestyle, it is just easier to let someone else do the work and show up for the event.
  • Destination weddings are less stressful. Again because someone else is usually helping with the planning process, the bride and groom do not have so many duties.
  • The bride and groom are free to continue their lives without all the planning.
  • There is less interference from family to do things a particular way.
  • Statistics show it is less expensive than holding a full-blown wedding at home.
  • Honeymoon is attached.

Lastly, when planning a destination wedding, do make sure to have all the necessary legal documentation in place. Also, review passports, visa requirements and any other information that might impede travel arrangements. And remember to send “Save the Date Cards” to your guests at least six months to a year in advance. This will give the guests a chance to make their necessary arrangements to attend the wedding.