Depending on the size of the wedding and how elaborate you want it to be, there are a number of ways a destination wedding can be more difficult than your average wedding. Now before I name the reasons, don’t worry, if you have your heart set on a destination wedding there are a great deal of advantages as well! I just want to make sure you know the cons before I get into all the wonderful things a destination wedding can represent.
Destination weddings require more leaps of faith than the average wedding. As such, if you are thinking about a destination wedding you must be prepared for the possibility that things may not go completely according to plan.
Planning a destination wedding can be challenging, especially if you wish to go to a destination you have never been to before. You may not have a chance to see the location until a few days before the wedding. Of course if you can, it is always a good idea to visit the location at least once beforehand, but that is unfortunately not always an option.
Most couples see their venues for the first time once they have arrived at their destination. Because most of the planning will be done long distance, it can be very difficult to arrange every detail as precisely as you want to. All the interaction with vendors will have to be long distance unless you know someone in the area or have a wedding planner to take care of all the details. What you plan for and what you get might end up being quite different, and it is important to prepare yourself for this fact.
Destination weddings are also traditionally smaller than those that are held locally. It is more likely that many of the guests you invite will not be able to attend as travel and lodging costs are often a deterrent. To help counter this problem, it is usually a good idea to inform your guests about the wedding earlier than normally expected. Save the date cards are a great way to give your guests that additional time to prepare!
That being said, as long as you are willing to be flexible, a destination wedding can be full of romance and adventure. It gives you the ability to start your wedding off with an extra sparkle. You’ll have a chance to spend time together in a location you love before the honeymoon even begins!
Before you decide one way or the other, it is very important to ask yourself two questions.
Who do you want to be there?
Will they be able to make it?
It would be unfortunate for you to plan the wedding only to find out the two most important people in your life won’t be able to travel the distance!
Wednesday we will talk about some of the advantages of a destination wedding – please feel free to contribute any tips and information for Brides planning their big day!