If your idea of the perfect 2013/2014 wedding includes an exotic location, white sandy beaches, warm sunshine, and a group of family and friends, you might want to ditch the traditional church ceremony, and opt for a romantic destination wedding in one of the world’s most beautiful resorts instead.
Destination weddings are growing in popularity, and as they combine a wedding ceremony with the honeymoon, they are idea for couples who are working with a tight budget. That said, a destination wedding doesn’t have to be small and intimate, many couples hold extravagant destination weddings with over 200 guests, and as your guests will expect to pay for their own transport and accommodation, it can be the perfect solution for you if you want a big wedding without the big bill.
As someone who had a destination wedding (with just two guests!), I can highly recommend it, and while it would have been nice to have the whole family around to share our special day, we decided to concentrate on the ‘marriage’ rather than ‘the wedding’ and took the stress-free option.
Our wedding package included the ceremony, the flowers, a pianist, a photographer and videographer, and our hotel suite – so they only thing we had to do was turn up dressed in our best, say our vows, and smile for the camera!
The beauty of a destination wedding is that your friends and family get to combine their holiday with your special day, and whether you want to celebrate your marriage in a luxurious ballroom at a 5-Star hotel, or hold a casual beach party on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches – anything and everything is possible.
Of course, if your destination wedding is to go smoothly, you need to plan in advance. Many countries have a long list of requirements you need to meet to get a licence and marry legally, but with the World Wide Web at your fingertips, the answers to your questions are never far away, and if you are stuck, you could always ask a destination-wedding specialist to point you in the right direction.
Destination weddings provide a romantic ceremony in an idyllic honeymoon location, and as your friends and family get to come along for the ride – it’s a win-win situation for everyone!