A destination wedding can be magical, but it has its downsides. If you’re one of the many couples who are considering one for 2017, read on for a few considerations your might not have thought of.
A destination wedding is very simple, which seems like it should be a falsehood but it’s not. Imagine a travel agent, but for weddings. That’s what it’s like to plan a destination wedding. You choose a package and go.
They can be very affordable too, despite what you might think. To be a bit more accurate, weddings tend to be smaller, money goes to very specific events as part of that wedding. The flipside is guests need to pay for their own accommodations, and travel fare, so some may opt out. However, these weddings also tend to be a lot more relaxed because they are package deals that operate like a well-oiled machine.
The first downside to consider is the size of the wedding, which will not typically exceed more than 50 people. This is for practical reasons at the venue, but it’s also a matter of what guests can afford to do with their time and money.
The more pressing concern is a legal one, as there are certain requirements that must be met in order for a marriage to be recognized in the United States. Make sure you understand which documents you’ll need to bring with you ahead of time, otherwise your destination wedding essentially won’t count.
Finally, destination weddings can be seen as a burden on the guests, who must buy gifts in addition to travel expenses.