6 Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding

It’s true—there are some brides who would rather leave all the wedding planning to the experts and just show up to the wedding ready to have a good time. If this is your premarital prerogative, then a destination wedding might be the perfect solution. These weddings offer a number of benefits as an alternative wedding option, tailoring romantic excursions for every personality from adventure seekers to luxury travelers to beach bums. Here, 6 reasons why couples are forgoing the traditional ceremony and reception for destination experiences to last a lifetime.
1. Out of town weddings can take place anywhere Contrary to popular belief not all destination weddings have to take place at the beach. "Destinations can be anywhere away from where the bride and groom live," says Greg Strobach, co-founder of All About Honeymoons. "It could be a lake, a mountain, as well as sea area." At All About Honeymoons, the largest romance travel agency in the world, while the most popular destinations are Mexico and the Caribbean, the company’s romance travel specialists are skilled in planning getaways all over the world. So consider locations where you and your groom like the most—the scenic landscape of a mountain range, the rustic feel of the woods or even on the grounds of a fairytale castle. Your destination is anywhere the imagination takes you.
2. Destination weddings can actually save you money Sticking to a proposed budget is often a major stressor for couples. But the affordability of these weddings has made this option increasingly popular for many budget-conscious couples. "The traditional U.S. wedding costs quite a bit of money these days. What we do is look for resorts that are all-inclusive (food and drink provided) so that the bride and groom and their families can save money," Strobach notes. An added benefit of booking at a resort or island location? No additional traveling for the honeymoon—you’re already there.
3. Your loved ones can take a vacation, too! More and more families are spread out over the U.S. and across the globe,and since they’re traveling they might as well turn your wedding into a vacation suggests Robin Spelman, CFO of All About Honeymoons. When working with your wedding planner, let him or her know how many guests you’re expecting to attend the destination wedding and their length of stay. That way, your planner can suggest activities to keep family and guests entertained while they’re away. (This also takes the burden off your shoulders from playing tour guide!) 4. Travel agents can customize the wedding of your dreams Planning a wedding is a breeze when you work with a professional travel agent. They’ll listen to your requests, book all the arrangements, prepare special events for the ceremony (think fireworks and butterfly releases) or offer recommendations according to your specific needs. However, when starting your travel agent search, beware of companies with little experience in destination wedding travel. "You want to make sure that an agent is experienced due to the level of coordination," Spelman advises. Since destination wedding are not a one size fits all deal, be upfront about your wishes. If you dream of partying every night of your stay, let your agent know so they can research a property with an active nightlife. Or, if it’s peace and quiet you seek, your planner should be well-versed in properties with private beaches. Regardless of the destination, working with an experienced planner can make the difference between an ultimate romantic getaway and the holiday from hell.
5. Weddings away are a growing trend (which means plenty of options) Out of 2.4 million weddings that take place each year, 17 percent are destination wedding . Due to the increase in popularity a number of hotels, resorts offer special romance packages and have on-site romance concierge services to schedule couples-themed activities for destination wedding guests. Even tourism boards are noticing the trend, creating special brochures and travel collateral suggesting romantic points of interest in the area. So never worry that you’ll have to go it alone. 6. Weddings away are stress-free Out of town weddings take away much of the drama associated with traditional weddings. But to guarantee relief, start your search early. Strobrach recommends planning your destination wedding within nine to 14 months of the date, as planning early allows you to take advantage of savings. Again, if you’re on a budget some resorts and hotel properties will even set up payment systems allowing you to make scheduled payments over a period of time. Along with quashing financial fears (a major cause of stress), your destination wedding planner will also supply you with a checklist of legal preparations for your wedding, from filing passports to registering for the marriage license and wedding ceremony. That way, all you have to worry about is enjoying the moments ahead!