How to Choose Your Destination Wedding Location
The world is a big place and there are so many special locales vying to play the role of your wedding destination. The question is: How does a couple choose a destination wedding location?
There are many factors that go into narrowing down the perfect destination wedding venue for you. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when making the final decision.
Type of Location
Before jumping to a certain region, think about what type of destination wedding best suits you and your partner. Are you all about fun in the sun? If so, a beach wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean would be perfect for your celebration. If you both consider yourselves history buffs, think of a historic destination that would fit your interests, like Rome or Barcelona. Likewise, adrenaline junkies would do well in wilder destinations, like Costa Rica, South Africa or New Zealand. Think about what you love and see what places come to mind.
Whether you’re inviting ten or one-hundred guests, chances are most (if not all) will have to travel to your destination wedding. Generally, weddings that are farther away tend to see guests dropping off the RSVP list. Ask yourself if you’re fine with a smaller and more intimate affair, keeping in mind that those who truly care will do whatever they can to be there for you. If you can’t bear the idea of your grandmother not making it out to Tahiti, consider a similar destination that is closer to home such as Mexico or an island in the Caribbean.
For most, a destination wedding is just a jumpstart to the honeymoon. If you’ve had your mind set on a certain somewhere for your honeymoon, think about how your destination wedding can make it simpler. It may make the most sense to pick a destination on the way to your honeymoon locale or, better yet, get married at your honeymoon spot to save on travel and enjoy an extra-long, luxurious vacation. The choice is yours!
Do Your Research
Before finalizing any decision, be sure to read up on the legality of getting married in your chosen destination(s). Some may require fewer hurdles than others, which may help to guide your decision. If you don’t want to worry about any legal logistics while tying the knot, consider destinations within the states – Hawaii, Florida and New York are all popular new-to-you spots for couples who prefer to stay stateside.
Once you decide on your destination wedding location, the fun can really begin. Searching for venues, planning design schemes that capture your chosen locale and mapping out your travels are just a few exciting tasks along the way, so be sure to have fun with the planning process!
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.
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