If you’re newly engaged and about to start planning the most important day of your life, you need to find the perfect location to host your celebration. Lots of couples are swapping their home country for a destination wedding and we can certainly see why. You’re almost guaranteed sunshine and beautiful scenery, but a wedding abroad isn’t for everyone. If you’re feeling a little confused about whether or not a destination wedding is made for you, we’re offering a few pros and cons to help you make a decision…
PRO: Whether you choose to say, ‘I Do’ on an endless white beach, atop of a snowy mountain or in a magnificent French castle, destination weddings are always beautiful. It’s highly unlikely that anyone you know will have gotten married in the same place, and there’s something quite special about having a one-of-a-kind wedding. Let’s not forget about the incredible backdrops for your photographs!
CON: Getting married abroad does come with its legal difficulties, we must admit. You need to do your research on marriage licenses and other required documentation if you are choosing to get wed abroad. Each country has different laws and you don’t want to find out your marriage isn’t actually legal a few months later. If you’ve got your heart set on a destination wedding but don’t want the stress of ensuring it’s legal, why not have a registry office in the UK beforehand?
PRO: A destination wedding planner will also be able to take care of the above for you, and the majority of wedding venues do come with an all-inclusive wedding planner. Not only will it take a huge wedding planning weight off your shoulders, it is still cheaper than getting married in the UK! For couples who are worried about finances and spending money overseas, Wedding Forex has got your back. Find out why Wedding Forex is a must-have if you want to tie the knot abroad.
CON: If you have always dreamt of a huge wedding with all of your friends and family, a destination wedding might not be the right option for you. Time, health, work restraints and costs may mean a number of guests won’t be able to attend and understandably so, in particular elderly relatives.
PRO: The above can also be a positive, especially if you were worried about inviting lots of people who you don’t actually want to be there. Plus, a smaller guest list means you generally spend less – so you can splurge on the honeymoon!
CON: If you’re a bride who wants to be in complete control during the planning process, a destination wedding might be a struggle for you. You’ll be making lots of long-distance decisions for the duration of the planning journey or relying on a planner to make them for you.
PRO: We’ll end it with a positive! A destination wedding offers you and your guests extra time to celebrate your love story. Guests often make it into a holiday with their family and stay for a few days or even a week, while you could extend the wedding into your honeymoon!
If you are currently planning your destination wedding or booking your honeymoon, you can register an account for free by clicking here. In the meantime, have a nosey at the rest of our destination wedding inspiration over on the blog!
Image Credits: Image 1 by Emily Turner Photography | Image 2 by Lily Red Photography | Image 3 by Emily Delamater Photography | Image 4 by Autumn Nicole Photography