A traditional ceremony and reception hall not your cup of tea? Why not create a unique way to celebrate your big day and bring everyone along for the adventure?
No doubt about it, having a destination wedding is a fun, personal way to spend your wedding day. Not only do you get to fly away with your new spouse to a far away land, but you have the opportunity to bring your closest friends and family along for the trip to make it an unforgettable occasion. Destination weddings are not only restricted to tropical islands and lush Caribbean locales. They can take place anywhere and everywhere from the European countryside to the scenic Pacific Northwest— anywhere your heart desires! Whether you are inviting only a few close friends for an intimate ceremony or are inviting the whole town, bringing your guests to a certain destination to celebrate your wedding day can be exciting and create memories for years to come.
While traveling out of state or across the country for a wedding can mean hefty expenses, there are ways to make it happen without breaking the bank. Many locations specialize in destination wedding planning and therefore offer customizable wedding packages that can include everything from catering to ceremony and reception décor. It is not uncommon for resort locations to have their own florists on hand specifically for the bride’s needs, including providing flowers for bridal showers beforehand.
Depending on the size of your guest list, you can also ask certain family and friends to take care of their own airfare, or suggest they drive to save money if driving is an option. You will be surprised at how many people will understand that you cannot account for all of the travel expenses, and if they don’t, they will most likely be honest with you and decline the invitation. If having your loved ones with you is crucial but you cannot pay for everyone, consider narrowing down your guest list to only your closest friends and family to cut costs. You can always throw a smaller gathering or “welcome home” celebration when you return to share your new life with the other guests you could not bring. Destination weddings can be an exciting way to share your special day with your guests in a new, exotic location where they can take part in all of the local flavor and have a vacation of their own.
Wedding websites are a great way to keep your guests updated on your destination wedding plans. Create your wedding website today!