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Destination Wedding Questions Answered

Considering having a destination wedding? Then you will need to ask yourselves the following questions to get a handle on one of the greatest decisions you will ever make!


Destination Weddings are:

* A great way to spend time with your friends and family on the most amazing weekend of your life!
* Can be cost saving in addition to weeding out the 3rd and 4th cousins that mom wants you to invite….
* Allows you to turn what is normally a 5 hour party into 48 hours!

What you need to keep in mind is that a destination wedding can seem like the “easy” way out when couples are trying to plan a wedding without a hassle or the cost, but sometimes couples are not aware of what are about to undergo!   There are several types of destination weddings and they may be as simple as an intimate ceremony with just the bride & groom to an extended weekend with lots of activities with hundreds of your closest friends and family! Be sure to read the following list together to see what type of wedding you are going to have!

These questions will guide you in the right direction, as well as help you organize yourself as you move forward. It will help you determine the “who”, “what”, “where”, “when”, and “how” as well as help you feel more in control of this huge event.

* When do you want to get married? How much time will you be giving yourself to plan and organize?
* How much does the couple plan on spending?
* What type of climate do we want to get married in? Cold, warm or hot?
* How long do you want your wedding “weekend” or “retreat” to be?
* Will you be having your honeymoon at the same location as your destination wedding?
* How far do you want to go or willing to travel?
* How far are your most important guests willing or able to afford to go?
* What will the cost be for your guests?
* How important is your ceremony and what locations can accommodate your religious needs?
* Will you be providing any rooms, airfare or meals for your guests?
* How many guests do I want to share in my special day?
* It is important to establish how many guests you want to invite and how many guests you will be happy having join you.
* Do you want a formal or casual destination wedding and location?
* Some resorts set the tone for you by having a dress code, so be sure to pick a resort that matches the style wedding you want!
* Establish what you plan on offering your guests. (Some couples like to host a full weekend of activities including welcome receptions, rehearsal dinners, bonfires on the beach, golf outings, spa trips, post wedding brunches and more.)
* Do we want to book an all inclusive resort?
* How do we plan on inviting our guests to our wedding? (Invites set the tone on what your guest will experience if they decide to join you on this special adventure.) Your invites should be very descriptive as to what you (bride and groom) will be covering, if anything, for your guests.
o For Example if you plan on offering your guests a full weekend of activities, have an invitation made that tells the guests that you plan on hosting a weekend of activities in addition to the wedding and that they should RSVP to what activities they want to attend.
o If you don’t plan on hosting anything but a simple service and cocktail party immediately following, be sure to clearly state that in your invites with a simple, “Please Join us for our nuptials & cocktails on the beach at the San Jose Hotel at 5pm”

Once you establish the above questions you will be able to begin to research what properties are best for your special day.

Thanks to Marie O’Mara of for this guest post

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One Response to “Destination Wedding Questions Answered”

  1. Enrique Says:

    A lot of great tip for planning your destination wedding. I would love to add guest accessibility needs to be considered. Are direct flights available for your main guests our will they need to make several connections. Advance visas may also be required for your guests.

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