Picking the perfect wedding location can be a challenge, so exploring all your options will ensure you pick the ideal spot for you. Many people prefer a local venue, while others are into destination weddings. There are lots of pros and cons to both, so let’s get to it!
- Vacation anyone? A destination wedding is an instant vacation for people coming. Sure they are coming for the wedding, but they can stay a week longer and prolong their vacay.
- Limited/choosy guestlist. Not everyone can take time off work for a week to travel for your wedding. This will most likely reduce your guestlist which can be good and bad at the same time. This isn’t always the case, but if someone truly wants to be there with you on your special day, they will attempt to travel no matter how far it is.
- Great deals. Depending on your destination location, there are plenty of wedding packages to fit your needs. Taxes may also be cheaper and overall cost of the venue can be slashed in half. Pick accordingly and really explore your options.
- A forever vacation place. Any time you and your husband want to take a vacation, going back to your destination location will be so nostalgic. Who doesn’t want to go back to where wonderful memories were made?
- Gorgeous scenery! It’s much easier to have a beautiful wedding on the shores of a beach with bright blue water in the background for instant beauty. Because it is a destination wedding, it’s most likely unique and different than your every day life. Imagine the effortless beauty you will see, besides your groom at the end of the aisle.
- Somewhat difficult to plan. You won’t be able to drive by the venue on your way home from work. Most of the planning will be done remotely so your level of trust needs to be at an all-time high. Most venues are very accommodating and will help you with every step.
- Limited guestlist. Just as much of a pro this can be, it can be the complete opposite. If your grandma is unable to travel, what do you do? A smaller guestlist can be great as long as the most important people to you can attend. This should be your #1 factor in deciding to have a destination wedding.
- Cost. This is highly debatable – if you play your cards right and do thorough research, you could save or spend more. It’s not just the location, dress, flowers, etc. that go in to the wedding budget. With a destination wedding, cost of flights and hotels will bump you up a few thousand dollars, so be sure to look at all your options. Check out taxes and fees at your preferred venue and negotiate every step of the way.
Whether you get married in your hometown or dream destination spot, the location will always hold a special place in your heart. After all, it’s where you became husband and wife for the first time.