7 Reasons why you should have a Destination Wedding

Why have a destination wedding

Sun, sand, palm trees and blue skies for days!  Here are 7 more reasons to have a destination wedding

1. THE VIEW
Just picture your toes nestled deep in the warm sand, your hair in the Caribbean breeze and the turquoise waters disappearing into the distance.  A beautiful beach ceremony under tall palm trees awaits!  Or maybe you’d prefer a tropical garden ceremony full of colourful foliage and such?  Destination weddings have either option readily available.

2.  BUDGET
Destination weddings are often much less expensive than weddings back at home.  Churches, wedding venues, caterers, DJs, beverages etc… weddings add up fast locally.  Most resorts are all-inclusive so much of that cost is taken care of leaving travel costs as the primary monetary focus.  Budgeting your time is a little easier as well, no time is wasted travelling to the church, to a park or garden for pictures, then on to the reception. From the walk down the aisle to the last dance, everything is right around the corner at your resort.

3. USER FRIENDLY
Resorts nowadays are recognizing weddings as lucrative attractions and a natural extension of their services. Most have full-time wedding coordinators (WC) on staff that consult with you up to a year in advance to make sure your day is exactly as you want it.

Why have a destination wedding

Why have a destination wedding?

4. PHOTOGRAPHY
Want original wedding photos? Besides the sun, sand and palm trees… destination wedding resorts are ripe with unique architecture and original artistic features that are like cat-nip for cameras.  Imagine you and your betrothed walking hand in hand at sunset with your toes in the warm Caribbean sand.  Freeze that and mount it on your wall to preserve that feeling forever.  Feeling daring and romantic?  A Caribbean beach is a perfect place for a Trash the Dress photo session… no it doesn’t actually “trash” your dress – I explain more about the Trash the Dress session here.

5. DOUBLE DUTY:
Everyone’s there for your wedding, but before and after your I Dos they can enjoy their vacation getaway on their own or with others in the group.  As the hosts, you may look at doing a group activity or two which is an awesome idea – just keep in mind that they’re on vacation as well.

6. GUEST LIST
For financial reasons and/or timing – attending a destination wedding may not be for everyone.  BUT those that are most dear to you are most likely the ones to make the trip.  Each day you’re surrounded in a Caribbean paradise by that very special group!  You get a chance to spend quality time with family and friends over a week rather than just single day.

7. HEAD START HONEYMOON
The honeymoon begins immediately after the reception. No early morning planes to catch, no time wasted travelling and the big one – no additional costs!

Planning a destination wedding? Get in touch here and let’s talk photography!

In the meantime, here are a few destination wedding planning tips to help you get started:
Planning your Destination Wedding Day Timeline
Song ideas for your walk down the aisle
Tips for planning your destination wedding
Beach vs Garden Gazebo
Should I bring a photographer with me to my destination wedding?
Guest OOT Bag ideas
Getting the best from your destination wedding photos

 

Planning a Destination Wedding?

DESTINATION WEDDING RESOURCES AND ADVICE

As a photographer and past destination wedding groom, I know how difficult it is to plan your wedding - especially in a different country. To help out, here are some guidelines and resources to help you through the process. As a destination wedding professional with years of experience, I've seen quite a bit! Whether you're looking for planning tips or needing help with your wedding day timeline, I'm here to help you through the process.

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