Destination Weddings – The Good and the Bad

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Destination Weddings – The Good and the Bad

A destination wedding is a ceremony in which the bride and groom travel to a location outside of their hometown to exchange vows. Destination weddings have always been popular, as they offer couples the opportunity to escape the stresses of daily life and celebrate their love in a truly unique setting.

After a few years of lockdowns and restrictions, it’s no surprise that couples are eager to get away from it all and celebrate their love in style.

And with travel restrictions expected to ease up in the coming months, now is the perfect time to start planning your post-pandemic destination wedding.

However, even before the pandemic, there are many pros and cons to a destination wedding. 

On the plus side, it can be an incredibly romantic and unique experience. 

But there are also some potential drawbacks to consider. 

Here are some of the key points to keep in mind:

PROS:

Destination weddings can be more intimate affairs since there are typically fewer guests. 

It can often feel like you’re the only people in the world. 

That’s because you and your guests are all in one place, focused on each other and the celebration at hand. There’s no need to worry about work, school, or other obligations getting in the way of your big day. 

Plus, many destination weddings take place in intimate settings, such as a private villa or at your favourite beach in the world. 

This can make your wedding feel even more special and unique.

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They can also be more affordable than traditional weddings.

This is particularly true if you choose a location that is not overly popular or expensive.

By doing your research and planning ahead, you can often find great deals on venues, catering, transportation, and lodging. 

And, of course, there are many ways to save on the costs of invitations, decorations, and other wedding-related expenses.

For example, destination weddings tend to be smaller and more intimate, so you can save money on catering and decorations.

They also tend to be shorter, so you can save on rental cars and hotel rooms.

You’ll get to experience a new place with your closest friends and family members. 

From the moment you arrive at the venue, “you feel like you’re in a different world” points out marriage celebrant Johan. The decorations, the food, the music – everything is designed to transport you to another place.

And, most importantly, you’ll create lifelong memories together.

CONS:

Planning a destination wedding can be a nightmare from a logistic perspective.

Booking airfare and accommodation well in advance is one of the most important aspects of planning a destination wedding. 

Not only do you need to book your own travel well in advance, but you also need to make sure your guests have plenty of time to do the same. 

You may also need to coordinate travel arrangements for all of your guests and make sure everyone has the necessary documents (passports, etc.).

Another challenge of planning a destination wedding is managing the expectations of your guests. Some people may not be able to travel, and others may not be able to take time off work.

“If you’re not careful, the planning process can quickly become overwhelming and take a toll on your mental health, and divert you from the fact of the true reason you are getting married in the first place”, points out counsellors from Cogni Academy.

They can also be more expensive than traditional weddings.

Travelling without extensive planning is always expensive. For destination weddings, luxurious locations are often desired. 


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It is also typical to pay for airfare and accommodation for all your guests. 

The timing of a destination wedding can also impact costs – peak season dates or holidays can often drive up prices.

And finally, there’s always the possibility that something could go wrong on the big day.

For example, you could get sick or injured before the big day; your dress could get lost or damaged in transit; the weather could be uncooperative on the big day. 

And as of now the pandemic still exists. 

So it’s important to be prepared for any potential complications.

If you’re considering a destination wedding, weigh the pros and cons carefully before making your final decision. But if you do decide to go ahead with it, just remember to relax and enjoy the experience! After all, it’s your special day.

Sarah Miller

Sarah writes about her personal journey, learning, life optimisation and her passions. For more thoughts and ideas, you can connect with Sarah on Twitter

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