Myths about far-flung ceremonies
By Natalie Tsang
August 24, 2011
Destination weddings started out as elopements and now incorporate aspects of the family vacation as well. Since weddings are reunions anyway, this is a great way to spend time with loved ones.
Like any non-traditional idea, destination weddings are burdened by many myths. It is true that these types of weddings can be expensive or difficult to manage. But the same can be said about a wedding in your own city. If done correctly, you can host a destination wedding that is fun and unforgettable-even affordable. But first, read on about the four common myths.
1. It has to be faraway.
When you think about destination weddings, you might imagine a beach wedding on a tropical island or at a sunny villa in Italy. However, a destination wedding is simply a wedding that you and your guests have to travel to. It can be as close as a few hours away by car. Destination weddings do tend to have an exotic flavor, but you'd be surprised how even a place a short distance from home can seem a world away.
2. It is expensive.
On the contrary, the right destination can have a lower price tag than one at home, especially if you live in a big city. Destination weddings are usually smaller and more intimate, which can cut costs while allowing you to splurge a little on your guests. Also, discounts, especially during off-season, are plenty.
3. It's more difficult to plan.
All weddings are difficult to plan and destination weddings are no exception. If you do your research and give yourself plenty of time, you can do it yourself. However, there are also wedding planners that specialize in destination weddings and many destination spots offer full wedding packages. Make sure you negotiate with vendors. If there are items in a wedding package that you don't want, you can always ask for credit.
4. You have to spend all your time with your guests.
No one expects the bride and groom to spend every waking moment with their guests. You should appoint or hire someone to welcome your guests and plan some activities, but many people will gladly explore and sight see on their own. Take the time to create a brochure that lists places to go, visit or dine. Include the brochure in the wedding invitation so your guests have time to plan their own mini vacation during your wedding. You can also be with them in spirit by adding special touches to their hotel rooms or by pre-arranging daily activities.