It’s been a while since we’ve posted something on Wedding Wednesday! But last night we received a phone call that inspired today’s post. Vic’s cousin is getting married in Mexico! We are beyond excited for him and his beautiful fiancé and even more elated that they have asked us to photograph their big day! After this call, the wheels started to turn in my head and I began to think about the pros and cons of planning and having a destination wedding. So to all of our followers planning their big day and even those that are just thinking about it… destination or not destination, that is the question.
There are many pros to having a destination wedding, but what most people don’t realize is that their wedding will probably be very small. Unfortunately not everyone has the money to fly halfway across the globe to watch you tie the knot. But what I have seen, is those that do, are the ones that are willing to do whatever it takes to be there, and aren’t those the ones we want around us anyways? Something that must always be put into consideration before planning a destination wedding is the family members that may not be able to make it for certain reasons. You have to decide whether or not that will affect you. For example, Vic and I were considering a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, however, my aunt and grandfather would not have been able to travel for health reasons. They were both too important to not have at my wedding, so we nixed that idea.
For many couples a destination wedding is exactly what they want. It is private, secluded and usually in a gorgeous tropical location. I mean who wouldn’t want to get married in a resort with beautiful scenery all around? You also should look around to see which hotel will give you the most bang for your buck. In other words, don’t settle for the first resort you see with pretty beach pictures! Also, research and speak to the designated wedding planner in each resort. Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life, you should enjoy it to the fullest, and not have to be stressing about the location of your bouquets or where you are getting ready the morning of your wedding.
When you plan a destination wedding you are not as involved as if you were local. If you are someone that needs to be in control of every single aspect of the wedding, then having a destination wedding may not be in the cards for you. You have to trust someone far away and leave all the major planning in their hands, but the outcome is usually worth it! Having a destination wedding can be exhilarating and nerve wrecking. Take the time to pick a location and research it. You may turn out with a wedding that is better than you could ever imagine!
Happy Hump Day :)