Top 7 Reasons Why Destination Weddings are so Popular

December 5, 2018

Today's guest post is all about the popularity of destination weddings. Let me know in the comments if you had one or are planning one. What did you love about it? 

When it comes to tying the knot, there are several alternatives to choose from to create your perfect day. You can opt for a civil or church ceremony in your local town, or you say your “I do”’s in an exclusive wedding venue. Another option that is becoming increasingly popular is the destination wedding. This is when the bride, groom, and wedding guests jet off to some distant location.
If you’re not sure whether a destination wedding is for you, here are seven good reasons to include it in your wedding plans.

1. Price

Weddings can be a significant expense for couples. The average US wedding, for example, costs upward of $30,000. A typical destination wedding, on the other hand, is far less expensive. The reason for this is that guests usually have to pay their own way to the location and for the cost of the accommodation. You would pay for your resort stay and chosen wedding package. The average number of guests at a traditional wedding is 140. For a destination wedding, the average number is less than half, which, of course, means there’s going to be a considerable saving. There may also be discounts and deals you can take advantage of if you want to extend your stay or make arrangements for your honeymoon at the same venue.

2. Simplicity

Most destination weddings are relatively simple to plan. For example, wedding arrangements to Mexico region are straightforward to arrange because many of the locations have packages created by professional wedding planners. Everything required to make a wedding memorable is included in the price. You only need to make a few decisions, and the rest is taken care of. What’s more, if you want to make your own arrangements, it’s likely there will be a wedding planner who can help.

3. Relaxing

Anyone who has ever helped to organize a wedding will testify to how stressful it can be. It’s not just the arrangements that are stressful. Trying to take into account the wants and needs of family and friends only make it more confusing. A destination wedding removes all the stress because the wedding takes place far away and only a limited number of guests will be able to attend.

4. Honeymoon Starts Immediately

As soon as you’ve said “I do,” you’re free to start enjoying your honeymoon together. If you get married a little closer to home, you tend to spend your first night together not far from the wedding reception. With a destination wedding, you’re already at the location and able to start making honeymoon memories immediately.  

5. Complete Wedding Package

The trend for destination weddings has led to many resorts and tourist organizations offering package deals to make weddings more straightforward and stress-free. There is often an on-site wedding planner or consultant who can help to coordinate things such as the wedding cake, licenses, sightseeing tours, and other activities for guests.

6. Neutral Territory

People move around so much nowadays that it’s rare to find a couple that is still living in the town where they were born and raised. Family and friends may also be spread across the country or around the world. To avoid any conflicts about the location of your wedding, a destination wedding allows you to choose a completely neutral location. It provides you with an opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate your big day.

7. Fully Customizable

For many years, it was the prepackaged wedding bundles that were the most popular. However, today's brides and grooms strive to do something different for their weddings. A destination wedding can be customized according to your desires. There are still packages available, but more and more couples are choosing to tailor their wedding celebrations. It means you can have fireworks, traditional dancers, exotic wedding meals, brass bands, or anything else your heart desires. You might also find the resort where you’re planning to hold the ceremony offers a test-drive pre-wedding visit. You’ll get to look around the resort, see what’s available, discuss options with the wedding planner and photographer, and pick out the reception menu.  

You may have been wondering whether a destination wedding was right for you. Now you know the benefits you can enjoy; you’ll be able to weigh up your options. Don’t limit yourself to getting married in your local town. Take advantage of what the world has to offer. You get the opportunity to have the world as your backdrop for your ceremony, and you’ll be able to make each other’s dream wedding come true.