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The Great and Not So Great Things About Destination Weddings

The Great and Not So Great Things About Destination Weddings

OK, so he’s popped the question, you are deliriously happy and want to get married in an exotic location like you have always dreamed of. Visions of the two of you on a beach in a romantic sunny resort or taking breathtaking photos of some far off European country are swimming around in your head. Sounds wonderful, but like everything else in life, this vision can end up having a down side if you don‘t do some research. Lets look at the pros and cons to see if it is really what you want.

Advantages:
You get to have your dreams come true in a location of your choosing, relax and take photos that you will be able to look back at in years to come. It can be a romantic wedding and honeymoon rolled into one. After the party is over, you don’t have to pack, fight traffic to get to an airport, then wait to go to your destination, sometimes arriving tired and suffering from jet lag. You will be able to take advantage of special deals offered if you are staying  there for the rest of the week for your honeymoon, and popular destinations may offer all-inclusive packages, reducing costs. The wedding planning services provided by the on-site coordinators  is an extremely practical advantage. They would have contacts for all the vendors that you need, so you can sit back and leave the details to them, keeping up to date on everything by e-mail, phone or the internet.  You can limit your guest list to include only your closest family and friends, making it a more intimate party.

Disadvantages:

You may not be able to have all the guests that you want at your wedding due to the cost, limitations and restrictions involved with travel. You won’t be able to meet with every vendor, and will have to rely on the opinions, interpretations and expertise of the on-site coordinator. The idea of relinquishing control in this way may be a very frightening idea for some people, and cause extra stress. You will need to know the legal requirements for the destination country, as some, especially Europe, require you to be a resident for at least 30 days before you can apply for a license.  You will have to take the time to make sure you have the correct, current documentation including birth certificates, passports and notarized documents, and also that your family, friends and wedding party members are aware of what they need. You don’t want to find out the day of your arrival that your best man can’t be there because he forgot to apply for a passport! And one other consideration…is your ceremony going to be legally recognized in the country that you live?

Some couples have a second celebration at home to include the family and friends that could not make it to the destination wedding which is an additional cost.
These are just a few things to think about when planning your special day. Discuss the pros and cons with your fiancé. It will be a big decision, and you want to make the right one. There is a whole wide world of choices out there and a destination wedding may be a fantastic one to start the rest of your life together!
Please allow me a moment to introduce myself. My name is Julia O'Grady and I am the heart and soul behind ITM. I started this company in October 2010 to help fulfill my dream of making people's lives just a little better, one special moment at a time. I am passionate about special moments and thrive on planning events. I love everything about it. I love the organizing, the problem solving, coming up with original ideas and adding a little bit of the unexpected into everything I do.

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