Thinking about a destination wedding? Then be sure to consider these things before getting started!
#1 Your Budget
While a traditional wedding can easily cost $30,000, we can plan you the destination wedding of your dreams for nearly a quarter of the cost. With that said, there are typically three factors that play into your costs: the resort, the airfare, and the wedding package. These things all fluctuate depending on the time of year you book and where you’re traveling, so something to keep in mind when determining your budget!
#2 Your Destination of Choice
We recommend choosing a destination that is easy to get to, so your guests aren’t spending an entire vacation day traveling. Places like Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are fairly easy to get to and only require a 4-5 hour flight. Locations that are more exotic require multiple connecting flights and transfers, making it an exhausting day for your guests to endure.
#3 Your Wedding Date
Your wedding travel costs will rely heavily on the date you choose. Peak seasons are usually from mid-January through Easter and will reflect the highest rates. Mid-season ranges from Easter through August, and even early January, and will have fairly reasonable rates. For a better bargain, try September through early November or early December.
#4 Your Guest Count
Generally, we find that about 30-40% of those you invite will be able to attend your destination wedding. But don’t let that discourage you! Not everyone can afford to take the time off or travel. We suggest having a reception back at home to celebrate with those who were unable to attend.
#5 Your Resort Preference
Adult-only or family-friendly? Active and lively? It's up to you! We highly recommend all-inclusive resorts because they provide you with meals and drinks, making it a lot easier on your guests and their budgets. Additionally, many all-inclusive resorts offer couples a semi-private reception, resort credits, upgrades, and more!
#6 Your Ceremony Style
Envisioning yourself tying the knot on the beach? Or perhaps, you’ve thought about saying “I do” under a beautifully-decorated gazebo? Oftentimes, your resort will offer many options for you to choose from based on your preferences and guest count. You’ll even have a plan B lined up in case it rains, so no need to worry about that!
#7 Your Ceremony Type
A legal ceremony is when you receive a marriage certificate from the destination you’re married in, and is recognized legally back home. These ceremonies typically require more paperwork, has additional fees, and occasional blood tests. A symbolic ceremony has no legal binding, and makes up approximately 80% of destination weddings. Typically, the bride and groom will go to their local clergy or courthouse and become legally married before they leave.
Ready to get started? Then, be sure to connect with a destination wedding expert, today!
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