It’s not hard to be an advocate for destination weddings. They turn out beautiful, are always memorable, and usually double as a fun trip for everyone – so with all the advantages of a destination wedding, why don’t more couples have them? I’ve found that most couples simply don’t have enough information on how easy of an alternative destination weddings are in comparison to domestic weddings. Let me be the one to tell you, having a destination wedding could end up being one of the best decisions you make in your entire wedding planning process! Of course, there are pros and cons to everything, including destinations weddings, but I’m going to
Spend More Time With Family & Friends
It’s not uncommon to be so busy on your wedding day and the days leading up to it that you don’t get more than a few minutes of time with your family and closest friends. A destination wedding clears out some of that busyness and creates the space to have fun and spend quality time with the people in your life you care about most. Compare the stress the day before a domestic wedding to island hopping in Greece before your Mykonos destination wedding and tell me what you’d rather spend your time doing. I know what I’d pick!
Excuse to Travel
When I hear people describe trips to Italy, Southern Spain, or the Riviera Maya, I often hear adjectives like, ‘trip of a lifetime’ and ‘once in a lifetime experience’ which makes me wonder why more people don’t take more opportunities to visit these incredible places? As a destination wedding photographer, I’m always encouraging couples to make an already exceptional day an extra level of extraordinary by choosing to get married in a one-of-a-kind place. Getting married in the foothills of the Austrian Alps would not only turn out gorgeous but would permanently imprint a sentimental bond on a country that would only continue to grow with time.
One of my couples has plans to return to Cartagena every anniversary after having their destination wedding there because they feel such a special connection to the city, and Colombia as a whole. To group an amazing trip with one of the most special days of your life and forever forging a unique connection with a place is truly memorable and only possible with a destination wedding.
This is traditionally seen as the number one disadvantage when it comes to destination weddings but I would argue it presents a massive advantage in the budget department. With any wedding, there’s going to be a percentage of guests who have to travel regardless – asking a friend to travel across the United States isn’t much more demanding than asking them to take the same distance journey with a passport. Not to sound harsh but having fewer people in attendance translates to far less compromise on the vision for your wedding. Fewer guests allow you to serve better food, host in a better venue, and hire a better destination wedding photographer to capture it all! It also means having less planning and more enjoyment along with more quality time with each person who attends. Many couples don’t consider destination weddings for this factor alone but I would argue that it could end up being the factor that makes your wedding day all the better!
Bundle Your Honeymoon
Having a destination wedding is the perfect opportunity to have your honeymoon pick up as soon as the next day! My honeymoon was a full two weeks after my wedding day and started off with almost two entire days of travel after an already exhausting (and expensive) wedding. Getting married in the Amalfi Coast and taking a short and inexpensive flight over the Adriatic to Santorini the next day is a much better alternative to having to cross the entire Atlantic ocean to get to your honeymoon destination. Thinking about having your honeymoon in Tulum? Why not choose one of the many amazing wedding destinations in Mexico and have your honeymoon in paradise, only a short drive away. If given the choice, I don’t know any couples who would turn down the chance to start their honeymoon earlier and pay less for it.
Weddings are rarely simple and never easy. Everyone who’s had a wedding seems to have an opinion on what you should do for yours and they all seem to conflict with each other. I’m in the camp that says a wedding should be about the couple themselves, which is also why I recommend eloping for those who want to skip the madness of a traditional wedding entirely. Having a destination wedding is unconventional, to say the least. It’s not practical for every couple which is why it will always remain an alternative option – but for those considering it, I highly recommend taking a serious look into the logistics and checking if it’s at all possible. For the couples out there who don’t know where to start with destination wedding planning, I encourage you to reach out! I love being a resource to any couple with any destination wedding photography needs so be sure to fill out a form submission or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get a conversation going!