Deciding to Have a Destination Wedding
Congrats on your engagement! Now what? This blog will outline 5 questions you should ask yourself before booking that destination wedding!
A destination wedding is categorized–technically–as a wedding which takes place 100 miles or more from where the bride resides. Today, we’re going to cover choosing a destination that takes place somewhere that cannot be driven to and most or all of your guests can’t get there.
Don’t book your destination wedding coordinator until you ask yourself these questions.
- Can I afford to have my wedding at my dream destination? This question is important and should be the first question you ask. The average wedding in the United States costs around $26,000. There are destinations that can cost less than that. For example, St. Thomas Weddings cost approximately $15,000. The average US wedding is much higher than that. Sit down with your fiancé and decide what your budget is, then figure out if you can afford a wedding in a destination.
- Can my guests afford to travel to a destination? Now that you’ve decided that you can afford this expense, ask yourself whether your guests can. If you’ve already announced your engagement, it never hurts to put feelers out to see if some of your guests think they would be able to make it.
- Is my dream destination having peak season during the part of the year I want to have my wedding? Accommodations may cost more for you and your guests. Some wedding vendors also charge more at different times of the year, so that’s definitely something that you can keep in mind.
- Is getting a marriage license going to be difficult? Some destinations require complicated processes to get your marriage license. Some require you to reside there for a certain amount of time. They can require blood tests. And some destinations don’t allow you to get your marriage license there. It’s always a good idea to research that before you sign any contracts.
- Will my guests and I need a passport? This is an important question to ask because your guests may not have a passport. Speaking from personal experience, most of my family and friends don’t have passports. There are destinations that you can choose that don’t require a passport. Of course, I’m going to come back to my favorite destination, St. Thomas! You don’t need a passport to enter or leave, so start planning your St. Thomas Wedding today!
Destination weddings can be scary to decide, but if you break it down into these 5 questions, you can handle it. Where are you planning to have your wedding? Will you be close to home, or will you venture away to an incredible destination?