If planning a traditional wedding is starting to stress you out then it’s time to go away to your destination wedding.
If you’re thinking of doing a destination wedding you will want to do as much research as possible to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
“We decided on a destination wedding because we loved the fact that it would be very intimate,” said Jennifer Cardoso, 30, who had a destination wedding in Dominican Republic in 2009.
“A destination wedding allowed us to actually enjoy the company of our guests for the entire week,” said Jennifer. “We really got to focus on us without all the hassles traditional weddings bring.”
The pictures are sure to be breathtaking, but keep in mind what to wear. A destination wedding usually will take place on a beach with sand, water and lots of heat, so that big gown you were planning on wearing may not be a good fit.
That doesn’t mean all destination weddings take place on a beach far away. Some couples might like the idea of going away, but they want to add their own style and not be limited to the beach.
“You could have a destination wedding under the Eiffel Tower, on a snowy mountain, anywhere really,” said Jessica Neto, a destination wedding planner from Luxe Destination Weddings in Toronto.
A good thing with destination weddings is that you get the honeymoon and wedding in one packaged deal, plus you can choose to celebrate with your closest friends and family.
“We help family and friends with travel arrangements so it’s very organized and once that’s coordinated we assign you to one of our wedding planners who will make sure all the details for the ceremony and reception are ready when you arrive,” said Jessica.
Wedding planners are just as essential as the travel managers for planning a destination wedding.
“We are seeing a lot of wedding planners who are destination wedding planners. A lot of them are starting to work with travel agencies to get their travel credentials so that they can cut out that step of the planning,” said Danielle Sunkel, a wedding planner from The Wedding Planners in Toronto.
Wedding planners try to make things as less stressful as possible for the bride and groom. “We did have a wedding planner, we had a vision of what we wanted everything to look like and she made it happen,” said Jennifer.
Wedding planners live and breath weddings, so it’s no surprise that so many are venturing into different types of weddings – like destination.
A wedding planner is doing a great job when the couple doesn’t realize any of the issues that happen on their wedding day. “Something happens at every wedding it’s just a given and it’s all how it’s handled,” said Danielle. “If the bride and groom have the day of their lives and not even know all the little things that came up is the best thing ever.”
Many couples feel they can plan it on their own because they have their own vision that they want to follow.
“It takes them (the couple) 250 hours to plan a wedding on their own,” said Danielle. However, destination weddings aren’t as stressful as traditional weddings, which also adds to the appeal.
“Having a wedding planner is a must,” said Jennifer. “We would have never known where to find a reputable photographer, videographer, florist, DJ, and so on.”
Another reason couples are looking at destination weddings is due to the money they save. “Destination weddings are usually a lot less than a traditional wedding but it all depends on what you are willing to spend,” said Jessica.
At Luxe Destination Weddings they have different packages that range from as little as $250 to as much as $10, 000. That is much less than traditional; on mycanadianwedding.com it calculates the average cost of a traditional wedding is $20, 000 to $30, 000.
A destination wedding can be fun, easy-going, intimate, and a great start to your love story. The possibilities are endless so just close your eyes and start dreaming of where you want to say “I do.”