Is a destination wedding right for you?

Maybe Not
If no one is there to see just how spectacular your ceremony is, will it be that spectacular to you?
If no one is there to see just how spectacular your ceremony is, will it be that spectacular to you?

Planning a destination wedding involves a lot more components than hometown weddings. Consider all that you have to do to plan for your big day, most of which will be done from thousands of miles away -- unless you can afford to make multiple trips to the location. These tasks can include booking hotel rooms for guests, scoping out ceremony locations, securing airfare and more. If planning your wedding from far way doesn't make your heart race with excitement, you should probably keep your celebration local. Or, you can consider hiring a wedding planner who specializes in destination events to do the dirty work for you.

You may have a big family and lots of close friends who you want with you on your big day. If you envision a huge, elaborate wedding, it might be best for you to stay away from a destination locale. The more guests you have at a destination wedding, the more expensive your wedding will be! If having a large wedding with all of your loved ones by your side is important to you, it's worth it to keep it simple and just have your wedding locally. Spend the extra money on an exotic honeymoon, instead.

For most destination weddings, guests are expected to pay their own airfare and hotel expenses. In some cases, it's just not feasible for you to expect that of your guests, as they might not be able to afford it. If you know that the people you want by your side can't afford such a lavish trip, sticking closer to home is a good decision. After all, celebrating your marriage with those you love is important, so make sure they're able to be there with you!

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