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Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings

January 16, 2017 by The Marquardt Ranch

Are you dreaming of a destination wedding? Why not? Leaving your mundane life behind while you tie the knot can be incredibly romantic. However, it’s always best to make informed decisions–especially when it comes to something as big as your wedding day. In order to help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons of destination weddings to keep in mind as you plan the perfect spot to say, “I do.”

Pro: Affordable

This may seem counter-intuitive, but destination weddings can often be far less expensive than a local wedding. Local weddings are often bigger than destination weddings, resulting in higher costs for catering and accommodations. With a destination wedding, however, it is easier to narrow down costs across the board. Packages put together by the destination venue can be more affordable than cobbling together vendors locally, fewer people at the wedding means lower catering costs, and guests often pay for their own accommodations.

Pro: Relaxed

In spite of their best intentions, family and friends can sometimes create more problems for a couple than solutions—at least when it comes to wedding planning. By planning a destination wedding, you can trim down the invitations to only the few friends and family members you’re closest to. Aside from that, many venues have options on-site for pampering yourself. Destination weddings make it easy to relax before your wedding so you can get the most enjoyment possible out of your big day.

Pro: Simple

Many destination venues have preexisting options for catering, florists, and other vendors, all conveniently arranged in a pre-made package. For example, The Marquardt Ranch has in-house services that it offers as part of reserving the venue, as well as a list of partner companies that it works with on a regular basis, eliminating much of the hassle of combing through tens or hundreds of vendors on your own. This simplicity eases the hassle and stress that planning a wedding can bring by leaving it to the pros!

Con: Legal Issues

Every country has its own legal requirements that a couple must meet in order for their marriage to be considered legally binding and valid. If you’re planning a wedding out of the country, make sure you read up on their laws, and make sure to take any legal documents you’ll need, like passports and birth certificates.

Con: Size

Since the whole point of a destination wedding is to get away from your normal surroundings, the weddings themselves tend to be small and intimate. You’ll have to pass over some of your more distant acquaintances, relatives, and friends when sending out invitations because the logistics of destination weddings simply aren’t designed for large parties. Depending on your idea of an ideal wedding, this may be a good or bad thing, but either way it’s something to keep in mind.

Con: Guest Burden

Weddings always place a bit of a financial burden on guests. Destination weddings, however, can accentuate that burden. Aside from the normal expenses of a wedding gift, they now have travel and accommodations to pay for as well. Many of those who you invite will come even if it does create difficulties for them, so your guests’ financial situations are always something to be mindful of when making your decision.

Destination weddings are beautiful, but they are certainly not for everyone. Just like with local weddings, destination weddings have their pros and cons, and it’s important for every couple to keep their individual needs and preferences in mind. However, unless a destination wedding simply doesn’t fit your dream at all, there’s no reason to scrap the idea entirely. Destination weddings can be fun, relaxed, and affordable. What’s not to love?

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