Yesterday I ran into a dear old friend I hadn’t seen in years. I was casually picking up a routine chai latte at a bakery when a surprise tap on the shoulder lead to an excited “Hello!”.
To my delight, he shared news that he too had recently become engaged to his love. So naturally, we launched into all things “wedding talk”.
And the first question off the starting blocks… “Where are you getting married?”.
To my surprise, he had no idea. He then mused on 3 possible options… A home grown Australian garden wedding, a destination wedding or an elopement. All three sound utterly charming and romantic to me!
But before I knew it, I had catapulted my proverbial 2 cents (whether he wanted it or not), and with perhaps too much enthusiasm, rattled off all the reasons why a destination wedding is the way to go!
Now before spilling my “pro destination wedding” beans with you, may I confess that YES I am in a position of bias because YES my fiancé and I have settled on tying our love knot overseas. So of course I have a vested interest in this particular topic and in case you hadn’t detected it, I am obviously very excited about getting married in an exotic location! HOORAH!
1. YOU CAN REIN IN THAT GUEST LIST
There’s no denying that a destination wedding is a huge commitment. It requires travel, accommodation and, in some circumstances, time off work. All this means your wedding is much more likely to be a small, intimate affair and if that’s the vibe you’re after then don’t hesitate to head for your dream spot in the world.
2. YOUR GUESTS WILL BE IN EXTRA HAPPY HOLIDAY MODE
No grumpy, over worked or tired party goers here. Your guests will be in a relaxed and festive spirit. They’ve got their holiday glow on and work is but a distant memory. They don’t have to be anywhere the next day and they sure as hell didn’t drive to your wedding so here’s to endless cocktails and midnight dancing. Cheers!
3. NOT JUST A WEDDING DAY BUT A WEDDING WEEK
Let’s be honest, few people are going to fly in the night before and jet off the day after.
It’s likely your loved ones will be sticking around for more than a few days. This means quality time engaging in all sorts of fun activities in an exotic destination.
This also means the bride and groom can avoid running around on their wedding day making sure they have a “hello and thank you” moment with every single guest because chances are, you’ve already had a proper catch up with everyone over the days leading up.
4. DESTINATION WEDDINGS CAN BE COST EFFECTIVE
It’s no secret that weddings can be friggin’ expensive. But worthy overseas wedding resorts offer fantastic all inclusive deals. And before you freak out and think I’m suggesting a paint by numbers carbon copy wedding, think again. Many resorts now cater for bespoke style weddings with an in house planner to help you create your unique and special day along with all your personal touches.
5. AN EXTENDED HONEYMOON? YES PLEASE!
You get to have a pre honeymoon mini moon! Need I say more?
And did you know that many resorts are known to surprise the bride and groom with a room upgrade on their wedding night. Hip Hoppity Happy days!
So if you find yourselves questioning whether or not you should or shouldn’t host your love fest overseas, I hope you throw these considerations into the mix. Or perhaps you have an engaged friend toying with the idea who is in need of a gentle nudge towards making a decision? Be sure to share this list with them!
As you know, I have always been an advocate for travel. Stepping out of your homely comfort zone and exploring the world enriches your soul in so many nourishing ways. For my fiance and me, a destination wedding was an absolute no brainer. And it delights me to no end to think that an overseas adventure with our nearest and dearest will be beautiful tied in with our special day. I simply can not wait.
I am so excited to continue to share my journey to the aisle with you guys. Be sure not miss a post by signing up to my free updates up the top. And if you have experienced an overseas wedding escapade, I would love to hear all about it in the comments section below. As always, I welcome any advice with open arms.
Lots of love
By Gemma Pranita