Destination weddings are exclusive, magical, and a gift that keeps on giving. Not only are you inviting your friends and family to celebrate your nuptials, but you're inviting them to vacation with you at a luxurious locale.
One of the biggest reasons why couples choose to marry away is cost. With the average wedding costing $20,000, destination weddings seem like the way to go for price-conscious couples. Think about it: you're already at your honeymoon spot!
Destination weddings make for great weddding photos! Photo by whoALSE
So, what is the perfect location for your destination wedding? Well, this is where your imagination kicks in. Traditionally, destination weddings took place on beaches, but recent trends show couples going to ski resorts, or on safari to tie the knot. Here are some tips you may want to consider when choosing your destination: Where do you really want to go on honeymoon?
Some people are not fascinated by the beach. I know–it's weird. Some people may already live by the beach, and want a totally different change of scenery. If that's you, consider going to the mountains, or the Grand Canyon, or even Italy. You are in complete control of your location. If you want, you can even get married at Disney World (they do have a marriage package)!
Where can your family afford? This one is tricky. You want to celebrate your marriage, but you also want to choose a place where your loved ones can come to be with you. The best way to do this is decide how important it is that your loved ones attend, and if you're willing to pay for their trip if they cannot.
Depending on your location, and the time of year, you can get fantastic airline deals to the destination of your choice. Even if you decide to buy the tickets for a select few loved ones, you may still be way below the $20,000 it takes for the traditional wedding. Don't get yourself in a bind, though. Make sure you can afford it before committing to pay.
Rent a house for the entire wedding party If you're paying for your loved ones to come, instead of getting expensive hotel rooms, think about renting a house or bungalow. This option may cut down on privacy with your new spouse, but it will add to the atmosphere of a family vacation. Besides, you have the rest of your life to be alone with each other.
Think about traveling off-season. Instead of going with the crowd, when prices are soaring, think about going to a destination out of season. For example, go to Aspen in the spring or the beach in the fall. This is a great trick to getting personalized service from the now-quiet hotels and restaurants in your location, and getting the most bang for your buck.