A destination wedding is the new normal. Seeing the vast popularity of destination weddings, many couples today prefer to host their wedding in a distant location. Undoubtedly, there are many benefits to hosting a wedding in some other location. However, you cannot deny the fact that every coin has two sides to it. Similarly, there are some cons associated with destination weddings, along with the pros. Here in this post, I will discuss the 14 pros and cons of a destination wedding.
If you are planning a destination wedding, then read this post until the end to understand its aspects deeply.
Here we go…….
Let’s begin with the pros-
1. Intimate Wedding Celebration
First things first, a destination wedding is a great opportunity to have an intimate wedding celebration. Intimate wedding affairs are good for couples who want to keep their wedding low key. Hosting a wedding in some distant location makes you invite only those who you feel close to.
2. Perfect Vacation For Your Wedding Guests
Life has become hectic for everyone. We all need breaks from the regularities of life. And a destination wedding is a great way for your wedding guests to have some fun time. Your guests can do both, attend your wedding, and holiday in a beautiful location, which would be difficult for them otherwise. Your guests can even extend their time in that location to explore more.
3. Great Experience For Your Loved Ones
When you host a wedding in your town, your loved ones find themselves stuck in doing wedding-related tasks. Your parents will keep attending wedding guests, listen to their complaints, making arrangements, etc. All this makes them restless, and hardly they get time to enjoy their kids’ wedding. But hosting a wedding in a distant location gives them time to enjoy. They get opportunities to have fun, to experience new things in a new place, so on and so forth.
4. Less People Less Drama
Inviting too many people at the wedding means too much drama simply. And it is no exaggeration at all. You take any marriage in your family, the more the people, the more the drama it’s as simple as that. However, hosting a destination wedding allows you to cut off all the drama from your life and enjoy your big day to the fullest. Of course, in a destination wedding, you will have only those who care for you. People who care do not dramatize; they understand you and support you, making your celebration even better and memorable for you.
5. Wedding Plus Honeymoon
Couples can easily extend their days at the location to enjoy their honeymoon as well. Destination weddings are a great way to save a lot of money on airfare and other travels as you can also plan your honeymoon in the same location. All you have to do is just bid adieu to your wedding guests after the wedding and start your honeymoon. Of course, you don’t need to stay in the same location where you hosted your wedding; you can book a different hotel or resort for your honeymoon. And if you want to save money on your stay, you can ask your hotel to give you the best deals for your honeymoon.
6. You Get a Chance To Create Happy Memories
When you have less dramatic people around you, you get a chance to create happy memories. Destination wedding enables the couple to have a good time together and with their loved ones before the wedding. They get a chance to enjoy each moment of their life in a new place.
7. Affordable Celebrations
Believe it or not, destination weddings are less costly. You can save a lot of money on a destination wedding. Of course, by choosing a romantic location with natural backdrops for your wedding, you don’t need to spend money on venue decoration. In a destination wedding, natural views work as a wonderful setup. Besides, hotels and wedding venues across the world promote destination weddings. They give their clients the best deals so that more and more people get inspired to host a destination wedding. This again helps you save a lot of money on the venue. And by clubbing your wedding with your honeymoon, you can save a lot of money that you would spend on traveling to another location otherwise. All in all, a destination wedding is an affordable affair for couples.
8. Stunning Wedding Photographs
Destination wedding in a marvelous location makes it easy to have stunning wedding pictures. Your wedding pictures are the most important part of your wedding. Your wedding pictures are the memories that you can cherish all your lives. A destination wedding allows you to have amazing wedding photographs in the most natural and breathtaking setup. Your wedding photographer will not need to struggle to find a place for the couple photoshoot. Or you will not need to create an artificial environment for your wedding pictures. You can get the best pictures without much effort.
Apart from this, you can even have your pre-wedding shoot. You don’t need to travel to another location for your pre-wedding shoot. You can simply take advantage of your wedding destination for the same. A great way to enjoy multiple benefits in one investment.
Let’s talk about the cons now…..
9. Not Everybody Can Make For Your Wedding
The biggest drawback of a destination wedding is that not everybody can be part of your wedding. You can have only limited people at your wedding if it’s a destination wedding. Usually, it’s not considered a big problem if you want to host an intimate wedding. It becomes a problem only when you want to have too many people at the wedding.
Besides, not everybody would be able to make it because destination weddings are time taking affairs. Of course, your guests will need to travel to another location for your wedding. Some of your guests would get off from their work, but some would not get. Attending a wedding for such guests would be impossible, and you cannot do anything about it. There is a possibility that your best friend would not be able to make if she has some important project in hand. Or if she has joined her job recently. You may have such little disappointments.
10. Hosting A Wedding At Larger Scale Is Not Possible
Destination weddings are for intimate wedding celebrations. Hosting a wedding at a larger scale is not possible. Also, it will simply add to your cost. You will have to arrange for accommodation, food, travel, and other costs for your guests. Moreover, managing too many people in a new location will be nearly impossible. Instead of enjoying your wedding, you will end up having a tough time managing your guests. So, larger-scale weddings are not possible in a distant location.
11. Wedding Planning Can Be Challenging
Wedding planning can be challenging in a new location. There are thousands of things to be taken care of when it comes to hosting a wedding. And if you do not have any idea about the location, it becomes difficult for you to manage things. Besides, language can be another major hindrance in a new location. There will always be some constraint; for instance, meeting your vendors in person is not possible, and you have no idea how trustworthy your vendors are. An element of unpredictability will always be there.
12. Additional Cost
Destination weddings can add up to your cost, especially when you have specific demands. For instance, you want a famous photographer in your town at your wedding. You will have to arrange for his travel, food, and accommodation for all days. It will just add to your wedding budget. Besides, you will have to arrange for cabs for your guests for local excursions.
13. More Paperwork
If you are planning a wedding in some other country, you will have a lot of paperwork. As each country has different marriage laws. You will have to arrange everything keeping their laws in mind. Besides, arranging for visas and other required documents for yourself and your guests is again a hassle. However, this is manageable; you can simply have a travel agent taking care of all this stuff for you.
14. Chances Of Fraudulence
This is common. Sometimes people become victims of fraudulence and cheap tricks. Of course, your lack of knowledge about the place can get you into a trap. Your vendors may sound sweet during virtual meetings, or they might claim big things, but you have no way to know about them, especially if you are hosting a wedding in a location where you know no one. This can be managed if you hire a professional wedding planner with experience. Professional wedding planning agencies have contacts in almost every part of the world. For them, it’s not tough to get things done. They are skilled people who know how to work out things even in an adverse situation.
So these are the 14 pros and cons of a destination wedding. You can consider all these before you plan your wedding in a distant location.
Happy Wedding…. ☺ ☺