It’s no wonder why destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. With numerous landscapes, climates and wedding styles to choose from, a destination wedding gives you the opportunity to escape to an amazing location and spend quality time with your loved ones, all the while celebrating your marriage to each other.
There are a large number of perks to hosting your wedding at a location other than home. Here we take a look at five key reasons why you should have a destination wedding!
Easy to Plan
To some, the idea of planning a wedding at a location other than near to home can appear quite daunting and may appear to involve more work than hosting your wedding locally. However, more often than not, a destination wedding is easy to plan, thanks to resident wedding coordinators and pre-designed, all-inclusive wedding packages according to different styles and budgets.
Resident wedding coordinators (i.e. those who live at the destination of your wedding) are experts not only in the local area, but the best wedding styles suited to the local area, according to different budgets and tastes. They also have solid relationships with local wedding suppliers and can recommend suppliers accordingly. A wedding coordinator can help to remove the many challenges associated with organising a wedding, as they take care of all details regarding your special day. By working with an experienced wedding coordinator, you can opt to be as involved or removed in the planning of your big day as you prefer.
Can Be More Affordable
It’s no secret that weddings have the potential to be a very costly affair. What you may wish to be a small family celebration can easily blow out and become a large, fancy event with an enormous guest list.
By choosing to have a destination wedding, you have the opportunity to combine some of the key costs of getting married, such as combining your wedding location and honeymoon location in one. In many cases, resorts will give you (the wedding couple) a complimentary upgrade (such as a suite), as well as a discount on accommodation for your family and friends.
Depending on your preferred location and number of guests in attendance, a destination wedding can actually prove more affordable than a local wedding.
Spend Quality Time with The People You Love Most
At a traditional (local) wedding, especially where there are numerous guests, it can be very challenging for the wedding couple to make time to speak to each person in attendance. A destination wedding however usually means your wedding guests will arrive one to two days prior to your wedding, which enables you to spend quality time together and make incredible memories in your unique location to last a lifetime.
The extra time prior to your big day also means that the guests from each side of the family can interact and get to know one another, which can allow for a more interactive and relaxed celebration when your wedding day arrives!
The Opportunities for Breathtaking Photos Are Everywhere
When you celebrate your wedding locally, you may find that your photos are very similar to other people you know who were also married in the local area. Your photos may not be particularly unique or feature a beautiful natural environment.
However, having a destination wedding means the opportunities for unique and magical photos are around every corner. Choosing to work with a local photographer to the area can boost your chances of spectacular and memorable photos incorporating the natural landscape, as they are aware of how to take the best shots given light and exposure to any natural elements, etc..
You Can Minimise Your Guest List
Getting married at a destination location can make things easier where you are wanting to share your special day with just your nearest and dearest, rather than a big crowd. This can work in a number of ways. For example, getting married at a unique location far from home often means your extended family, people who aren’t close friends and colleagues are much more understanding if they are not invited, as opposed to getting married locally.
Another situation which may allow you to keep your guest numbers to a minimum is that in some cases (you should be prepared for all guests to reply “yes”, just in case!), getting married at a destination location means the costs involved for your guests (including flights and accommodation) may be out of reach (and/or, the requirement to take time off work is not feasible, for example), thereby reducing your guest list.
A destination wedding often results in a personal and very intimate wedding with the people you love most, as they are keen to travel to your location and lap up the opportunity to spend quality time together in paradise!