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10 Reasons to Have a destination wedding
1. You can say “I do” anywhere! Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Bermuda, a cruise ship. The world really is your playground. And oh the fun you can have with theme decor!
2. You’ll stand out from the pack. More than 2 million American couples wed every year — and fewer than 25 percent have destination I dos. Bonus: Wed away, and you won’t have to choose from the same old hometown spots all your friends have booked.
3. It’s easier. Many wedding-worthy resorts offer free planning to help to couples, whether the event is for two or 200, and an abundance of packages keep things simple while still giving options to customize. Many properties will also allow you to visit and they will set everything up for you to see and decide onsite in advance. Uf you decide to go with the hotel, they will credit the expense back towards the wedding costs. Plus, your travel agent will be there to help you every step of the way.
4. You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale, to sea-inspired soiree. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t take much to dress it up. Opt for a pristine beach, a tidy vineyard, a blooming garden or a historic plantation house furnished with graceful antiques, and you’ll be more than covered with a few simple florals and other modest accents.
5. Enjoy quality time with loved ones. The standard wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone. A destination do spans a minimum of three days — which means, now that you’ve finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them! Hooray!
6. It's a way to limit the guest list, or not. The very nature of destination weddings — they require travel, a longer time commitment and hotel stays — which can naturally reduce the guest list, or not. These days, destination weddings can be just the bride and groom or a ball room full of guests. There is a venue for every possible option. But, it does require more of a financial and time investment than a traditional wedding.
7. Guests can save on a vacation. Your travel agent will negotiate on your behalf to get the best room rates as well as other perks. Also, some airlines can offer discounted airfares for groups of 10 of more — on the latter, this is true even if your guests are departing from different gateways. And ultimately, your friends will have a blast! Destination weddings give friends and family that most valuable commodity: downtime — to kick back, connect and celebrate. And what’s more fun than that?
8. You’ll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you, be it bringing friends and family back to a beloved college campus, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or finally going to a locale you’ve always dreamed of visiting.
9. Flexible timing helps with budgeting. You’ll be at your destination for a few days, so work with your vendors to see how timing can trim costs. After all, if everyone is already there, you can wed on a Friday, a Sunday or even a Tuesday — what does the day of the week matter in paradise? Look at seasonality too. Many Caribbean hotels drop their prices dramatically in mid-April; by planning your wedding for May or November, you can get the same great digs for a fraction of the price paid by visitors a few weeks earlier. Likewise, mountain resort towns offer big savings in spring and fall.
10. You can start the honeymoon early. Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the bride and groom on their wedding night, and you may be able to negotiate an extended mini-moon at a reduced rate after the guests have gone home. Or head to a nearby resort for a few days of adult-only fun
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