Should we have a Destination Wedding?
Vows with a View: Why a wedding away from
home may be the right fit for you
Destination weddings are certainly in vogue these days, but
beyond the apparent romance factor (obviously!) – what’s
so great about tying the knot in the tropics? (Or in Europe or
aboard a cruise ship…) Here are five reasons to flirt with
when considering your ideal "I do" destination:
- What a way for families to share and celebrate together!
Weddings are always a chance for connection – but with
the added element of travel, it’s the perfect excuse for
a mini-vacation to remember for years to come. Many
couples live miles apart from their families, so a
destination wedding can be a convenient way for everyone
to get together while simultaneously enjoying a group
- Consider the cost: Destination weddings aren’t the
budget busters you may think they are! In fact,
destination weddings are typically less expensive for
couples than traditional celebrations. Many resorts often
offer complimentary packages that include the wedding
ceremony, flowers, cake and other free extras when you
meet certain room category requirements (or book a certain
number of rooms).
- Want your wedding to be an intimate celebration with
just a few guests in paradise? A destination wedding gives
you the chance to be surrounded by those you absolutely
want the most. Weddings close to home sometimes can
translate into out-of-control guest lists (i.e. your new
in-laws’ list of friends and co-workers) not to mention
the spiraling costs. You may whittle your guest list to
10, or have a big lavish affair for 200, the options are
- Also limitless is the choice for your destination
wedding location! Where in the world can you wed? Nearly
anywhere you can dream. The Caribbean calls? The magic of
Mexico? These are definitely popular – though not the
only - options. What about under the Tuscan sun? Why not
from a balcony of an Irish castle? See yourself at sea?
Say "I do" over the ocean, cruising the Pacific.
Destination Disney? Memories for a lifetime can be had the
- Picture this: Your photos! Can any more be said about
the dreamy photos you’ll capture by combining your big
day with the great escape? Words cannot describe your
dress at sunset in Mexico, a Caribbean ceremony on the
beach or the magnificent vistas from your ship at sea. The
incredible wedding album will say it all! And forget the
staged cookie cutter reception hall shots, these photos
will be uniquely your own.
So where to?
According to the results of TheKnot.com and
WeddingChannel.com’s annual Real Weddings Study, the top
international destinations are the Caribbean, the favorite of
39 percent of respondents, and Mexico, at 24 percent. Hawaii,
which The Knot categorizes as international, is at 20 percent.
Jamaica receives more than one-third of the Caribbean’s
destination weddings, while in Mexico the Riviera Maya tops
the list at 32 percent.
Have a favorite wedding designer or planner?
A new option to consider in the Riviera Maya is Palladium
Hotels & Resorts, which has partnered with wedding planner Karen Bussen
of Manhattan to create packages exclusively at Palladium’s
resorts there and also in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
The packages cover a wide range of services from the basics to
flowers and decorations in the couple’s chosen palate,
sparkling toasts, wedding portraits and the cake. A variety of
add-ons round out the offerings.
In addition, you may choose to include a separate themed
event in conjunction with the ceremony, such as a
"Forever Sand Ceremony" to blend the two families,
"Sunset Wine and Cheese for Two," private beach
after-party; a bridesmaid tea party; and "Honeymoon
Sunrise" champagne breakfast in bed.
Or perhaps consider the collection partnered with celebrity
wedding planner Colin Cowie via one of Palace Resorts
and Hard Rock Hotels’ all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican
Republic or Mexico.
Previously available only to society and celebrity clients,
this partnership signals the first time all couples will have
the chance to wed or renew their vows in a celebration
designed by wedding planner Colin Cowie. Each Colin Cowie
Wedding Collection package includes everything needed, so
couples can rest assured that all amenities are included and
the final cost (starting at $1,500) is set upfront.
Most notably, Sandals Resorts untied the knot with the name
brand Martha Stewart Weddings earlier this year and now focus
on featuring the new "Your Wedding. Your Style"
option. Your Wedding. Your Style, combined with Sandals
tried-and-true WeddingMoons concept, eliminates the
cookie-cutter wedding package. Brides get the customization
options that they crave, resulting in a truly personalized
Caribbean wedding experience. Your Wedding. Your Style is
available at any one of Sandals’ 14 Caribbean resorts, as
well as the company’s three Beaches Resorts.