By Susan Meyer
Congratulations! You’re engaged and now you’ve got the fun of arranging your special day. With the economy what it is and the choices available, many brides and grooms are breaking with tradition and arranging destination weddings.
Typically costing less than a traditional wedding, destination weddings provide couples with the possibility of having fewer guests without offending anybody. Couples who hold weddings in their hometown can often be expected to invite many people who are not the closest of friends, just to boost the numbers. With a destination wedding, you can escape all of that pressure and just invite a small group to attend your special day.
With the average wedding in the United States costing over $20,000 and the average British wedding costing more than £20,000 – this can cause a lot of financial strain. Those costs are before the added expense of honeymoons. A destination wedding costs far less than this, even with the travel included. You’ll be left with plenty of change to put down on a house, if that is your plan.
The focus goes more on the meaning of the wedding – the celebration of two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together. It’s not so much about what other people expect your wedding to be. You can freely pick the location, the hotel and who is going to attend. Most hotels have a wedding coordinator who will take care of all the details for you, so that you can just concentrate on enjoying each other and your special guests.
If you are thinking of selecting a destination wedding, then be sure to do your homework. Check hotels on TripAdvisor for the reviews of other couples who have tied the knot. Quite often hotels provide packages that cover flowers, food and alcohol in addition to the fees of the ceremony. Selecting a smaller resort will give a more intimate setting.
Everybody wants to see wedding photos, yours can be taken on the beach with flowers in your hair. You won’t have to wear a heavy traditional dress. Just select the dress before you travel and consider what else you’ll need to take with you.
Most hotels have a coordinator who will arrange everything for you from the ceremony official to flowers to hair and makeup. They will be able to arrange food preferences with the kitchen.
Destination weddings can be excellent fun. You can spend a few days with loved ones, instead of just a few hours.
Susan Meyer loves to travel but her favourite hotel is the boutique style Petite Anse Hotel in Grenada in the Caribbean. They are a small intimate hotel that provide wonderful destination weddings. Check them out http://www.petiteanse.com