I have been torn lately with how I feel about destination weddings. Do brides truly understand the pros and cons to them? I had my first experience with one back in February and I thought it was amazing. That being said, there were parts of it that I overlooked. I was quite surprised by how the total cost was very similar to a traditional wedding. Obviously, the size of your wedding is greatly reduced. If one were to have a traditional local wedding, they pure number of guests that are willing to attend will greatly increase a budget. Extra costs are affected at the reception when there is usually a price per head for dinner. Also, at a destination wedding, guests generally pay their own way. They are more willing to do this because they obviously get more out of it, a vacation. The cost of a honeymoon is no longer an added expense either. The wedding, reception, and honeymoon are all rolled into one final price.
Obviously, there are two sides to every story. Not everyone that one may want at their wedding will be able to make it. The reception is not quite the normal party that we think about when we think about all the good times we have experienced at past receptions. Finally, your honeymoon is more about spending time with family and friends instead of celebrating a new life together with your significant other.
Obviously when one travels to a specific destination, they will receive beautiful views as well as great weather. But, what happens when the weather does not go as planned? Certain destinations are not accustomed to foul weather as much as we are. Therefore, they really do not have a solid backup plan for bad weather. Most local weddings that would be affected by weather do have backup plans that they have utilized successfully many times. Also, beaches have one thing that I believe a lot of newly engaged overlook. High winds are normal on the beach. This can create difficulties that many of us forget about.
I think destination weddings are an amazing fit for the right couple, but definitely not for everybody. I hope that couples seek advice when thinking about planning a wedding at a far away venue to ensure it’s the right decision for them.
How does this all tie in to what I do? Check back real soon for a piece on how destination weddings affect the photography? It may be different than what you expect.