Being in Miami, I see many a wedding here in Sunny South Florida. It’s only natural, we’re in paradise (at least we can make it look like paradise) and the weather betrays us only 75% of the time. Despite the beautiful Beach resorts, and fantastic scenery, we still yearn to have our weddings in exotic locations. Most people who aren’t from beachy areas like Miami, tend to travel to Miami or even further to places like Jamaica, Bahamas, or Aruba for their nuptials.
There are pros and cons to destination weddings. For one thing, you can’t get ALL your invited guests to attend because of the expense. On the other hand, you save money (and sometimes stress) if they don’t show up (I mean, does 3rd Aunt Carol really HAVE to come?). You don’t have to worry about planning as much; especially when both you and your spouse have large families from all over the place and it’s easier to have them travel to one location.
Outside of cost and unwarranted opinions and complaints of your attendees (Like, too much), destination weddings sound like the bomb.com! I mean, seriously, there’s no need to worry about planning since the venue I’m using has it’s own on site coordinator and the honeymoon is built in (make sure everyone knows to leave) so you kill two birds; bang, bang.
I’m in my early 30s and believe you me, if I had decided to have my wedding reception in Jamaica (the majority of my mother’s side is from there) I guarantee only half of my friend group would have shown up to my nuptials. To some, this is sad because you want to share your big day with your nearest and dearest. However, you can also share pictures online for a lot less than $40 a plate.
Some folks have destinations to the country side or even in the ski mountains. Those folks are brave and I want to meet them.
Some tips to wedding guests going to destination weddings: prepare for it like a vacation. I had friends get married the same month of my own wedding anniversary which meant losing out on their big day since my vacation plans had already been set. The best part of that scenario for a bride to be is that it’s one less person to worry about feeding.
It’s pretty hard to plan for something so far in advance already, add a couple thousand miles and most brides would probably freak. I always suggest getting good planners on your side or booking your big day with a hotel that has a package included so that you’re only big decision is your dress and the partner you choose to marry. Make sure you choose the partner BEFORE your dress. New episode of Wedding Wine Wednesday below, enjoy!