02 Oct 6 Reasons to Host A Destination Wedding vs. Stateside
Are you stuck trying to figure out whether to take your wedding to a tropical paradise, or to have a local, stateside wedding? Let this be your guide to helping you decide where you say “I do.”. The Destination Wedding trend started back in the early 2000s when couples were trying to save every penny they had for their wedding and then later turned their traditional 2-day soireé with a rehearsal dinner and wedding day to a week-long bash in a sun-drenched paradise. Here are just six reasons to host a Destination Wedding vs. Stateside:
The Knot recently conducted a Real Wedding Study of brides and grooms who got married in 2016, and found that the average wedding cost was $35,329.00. Between these brides and grooms struggling with sky high student loan debt and having to decide between paying for their dream stateside wedding or paying the bills – there’s got to be a break somewhere! That’s where the infamous Destination Wedding comes in! At some resorts, you get paid as much as $15,000 in Wedding Credits for having your big day at their resort! See below for details…
Destination Wedding at Generations Riviera Maya
For this example we will say that you’re getting married on a Friday, with a total of 64 guests. Below you will find how much wedding credits that you would receive!
- Wedding Package Credit: $950
- Room Credit: $4,800
- Private Events Credits: $2,560
- Cocktail Party Credit: $640
- Dinner Reception Credit: $1,280
- Welcome Cocktail Credit: $640
- Décor Credit: $1,050
- Ceremony Décor Credit: $550
- Reception Décor Credit: $500
TOTAL WEDDING CREDIT: $9,360
One of the top reasons my couples choose to have a destination wedding is to provide their guests with a centralized location. With family members residing all over the states and friends moving from their hometown after college, having your destination wedding in a location such as a tropical paradise, makes a lot of the travel arrangements so much easier! Plus, when you pick a destination like Jamaica or Mexico for example, your guests will likely find nonstop flights directly from their home airport. There is no need to request some generic room block at a local hotel, which requires more work from your guests or open up your own home. There are literally countless all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean that will welcome you and your guests with open arms.
Instead of the typical ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all crammed into one day, with a destination wedding, you will have a week long celebration with your family and friends that you probably haven’t seen or really spent time with in years! On average, guests will stay in-destination for 4 to 6 days, giving you so much more time to throw mini-receptions like “I Do” BBQ’s, bonfires on the beach, or even a Catamaran Cruise on the Caribbean with the whole wedding party! When you get your closest friends and family to a beautiful tropical paradise, there are truly endless possibilities to make your destination wedding, one to remember for a lifetime!
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but planning a destination wedding doesn’t have to be! As a former destination bride, bridesmaid, and destination wedding guest, I can relate to all of the excitement and stress surrounding wedding planning. To avoid adding to your stress, I handle all of your travel arrangements for your destination wedding, for not only the bride and groom, but also your guests as well! It is my goal to have my engaged couples and newlyweds as stress free throughout their entire destination travel as possible. I also understand that your relationship isn’t like everyone else’s, it’s special, so I ensure that your travel is personalized to you as a couple, and aim to make your dream wedding a reality.
The latest wedding trend is the much-needed, EarlyMoon! This is where the couple heads off for a quick little break in the midst of the wedding planning. My brides and grooms tend to take their EarlyMoon right after they have sent out their save the dates. When you book a Destination Wedding, you can head to paradise and actually preview the resort that you’re getting married for an extremely discounted rate! Picture this: hosting your wedding at the fresh UNICO 20°87° Riviera Maya with 30 guests (with a 5 night stay), they will waive the cost of your EarlyMoon ($1,200 total for a 4 night stay!). Who says no to free travel? Certainly not me!!
Couples that choose to do a destination wedding are truly able to create an experience that is personalized and unique to them! Have you been dreaming of a sunset wedding ever since you were in grade school? We can make it happen! Searching for a Catholic Chapel with glass bottom floors that looks over the Caribbean? We’ve planned that. Dying to put that Pinterest board to work? This is the perfect opportunity to have a resort make that a reality. And to tell you the truth, no destination wedding is ever the same. I plan each of my weddings to be unique to the couple and their interests.
HOW IT WORKS
1. We plan it.
Your Romance Expert will start with your wedding date, and then begin creating personalized options for your wedding. We’ll help you narrow down the best destination and resort to accommodate you and your guests. Lastly, we will book and hold your wedding date so you can start sending out ‘Save the Dates’.
2. We book it.
Your wedding is booked! Now your Romance Expert will begin planning the travel arrangements for you and your guests. From booking the resort accommodations, airfare, transfers and more – your Romance Expert will work with each of your guests on an individual basis to ensure their travel is flawless.