The Pros and Cons of a Destination Wedding

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The thought of a destination wedding is alluring to many brides and grooms for a number of reasons. Just the notion of escaping everyday life to celebrate one of your most significant days as a couple is enough to make more and more couples pursue the idea. Naturally, there are a lot of things to think about if you’re falling in love with the idea of a destination wedding for your big day! Start by considering these potential pros and cons:



Some Toronto brides just want to get away from our cold and long winters, and a destination wedding will allow you to do just that. While couples can always choose a cold weather destination for their big day, most opt for sunny, tropical places, like Mexico or the Caribbean. You’ve got to admit, that sounds pretty nice!

2-in-1 Honeymoon & Wedding

You can make the most of your destination wedding by staying afterwards to celebrate your honeymoon right away. There are many perks to taking the 2-in-1 approach, including the convenience of not having to travel the day after the ceremony and the fact that you’ll save a lot of money on accommodations and activities after purchasing a wedding package from a resort or hotel.

Lower Stress

Resorts that specialize in destination weddings know exactly how to pull off the perfect day. They are experts at coordinating everything from the food to the decor to the music. Brides who are overwhelmed at the thought of organizing every last detail or who just prefer to take the “show up and enjoy it!” approach to the big day will love the ease of organizing a destination wedding with an experienced venue.



Travel Expenses

Traveling to a destination wedding may be cost prohibitive for some family members and friends. Consider your guests and whether or not they’ll have the financial means to attend, or if you and your fiancé should plan on covering the costs in some way. Some couples choose to have a destination wedding followed by a local, small scale party so that those guests who are unable to travel, for whatever reason, can celebrate the special occasion.

Wedding Dress Limitations

Your options for a wedding dress may be more limited if you choose a destination wedding. For example, if you are getting married on the beach you will want to select a lighter weight gown versus something heavier and more structured. If you’ve dreamt of wearing a princess ball gown on your wedding day for your whole life, make sure you’re okay with letting that dream go and wearing something more fitting and comfortable for your destination wedding if it makes more sense.

The “Leap of Faith” Factor

Because your wedding vendors are far away, you have to entrust nearly all of the planning process to others. You’ll need to be okay with the idea that you likely won’t be able to sample the food, see the space in person, or meet your vendors until a day or two before your wedding. Of course, if you can, plan a trip ahead of time to go through all these important details in advance.

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