What exactly is a destination wedding?

May 21, 2009by Precious

A destination wedding is:

  • An international nuptial get away that can consist of both wedding and honeymoon (can also include multiple destinations)
  • A domestic location away from either the bride or groom’s hometown
  • A wedding that requires over fifty percent of the guest to travel to attend

When someone mentions the words destination wedding, in any combination, do you automatically picture a tropical beach outlined with blue waters and clear skies?  Does your mind wonder off the beaten path?  Do you envision the romance of Paris or maybe the exotic adventure of South Africa?  If you immediately thought of a beach picturesque location, you’re not alone.  Most destination wedding advertisements are geared towards luring you to a relaxing and romantic beach setting and seldom veer off the beaten path.  Allow me to shed a little light and elaborate on the parameters of a destination wedding.

Many popular destination weddings locations are typically tourist hot spots.  Often times, they’ve gained their notoriety through heavy advertising enlisted by hotels, resorts, air consortium and travel suppliers.  They will boast their unique features, all inclusiveness, spa credits, air credits and/or free wedding with couple upgrades (we’ll explore this sticky topic at a later date).  Although not a fit everyone, all of these are fabulous teasers and terrific options to consider.  This, along with the vivid images and our natural sense of imagination, will make many couples ponder the idea to pick up, wed away and leave the fuss of planning a local wedding behind.  However, couples and even local wedding professionals may fail to realize when they are in fact dealing with a destination wedding.

Did you know that a destination wedding is a wedding that will take place anywhere away from either the bride or groom’s hometown?  Therefore, if you are the bride from Florida marrying your groom in his hometown of New Orleans, you are in fact having a destination wedding and should adjust your wedding planning process accordingly.

Destination weddings require special attention to detail because  of the unfamiliarity factor of some or all of the decision makers.  For many, this element of the unknown adds to the ambiance.  While for others, it can be a hindrance.  The added weight on logistical factors always require additional TLC.  It is for this exact reason that the destination wedding specialist of Precious Nuptials & Destinations treat our clients with a final guest list of greater than forty percent whom require overnight travel as a destination wedding.

Are you a destination wedding couple?  It’s something to think about.  If you are, you may want to elvauate your plan to ensure for a smooth and fabulous event!

To your precious nuptial :: Cheers!


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