Why not have a destination wedding?
Destination weddings have been popular for many years. And not just amongst the rich and famous! Of course Cheryl Cole and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini’s recent nuptials in Mustique will have been a tad pricey, but there are more accessible and affordable destinations.
A destination wedding – right for you?
My sister Jill and fiancé Alan have not ruled out tying the knot in Hawaii, not least because they’ve always wanted to go there and the travel and cost involved would automatically limit the guest list! But if you opt for a destination wedding, you need to be sure it’s right for you. And while we may not like to admit it, family and friends expectations (and budgets) also count!
Here’s my pros and cons checklist.
A destination wedding provides a couple with the opportunity to combine their big day with their honeymoon – a sort of two-for-the-price-of-one deal, so it can be economical for you if only a few guests come and they pay their own way.
The ceremony is more intimate, particularly if the venue is far-flung like the Caribbean or Alaska. Most people will thank you for the Save the Date card, but kindly decline!
Photo opportunities abound! So if you want a memorable wedding album, choose that island paradise surrounded by sparkling blue waters, white sands and lush foliage.
A wedding on another continent could turn out to be an organisational nightmare!
Traditionally, the bride and groom will pay for guests’ hotels, food and expenses. So not a cheap option!
You risk snubbing family members or good friends who cannot afford to join you overseas, if you are expecting them to foot their own bill.
Last, but not least, you could get stuck with family members on your honeymoon!
Destinations closer to home
To avoid shelling out too much for your wedding, but keep the extra romance of a special destination, why not look closer to home? There are an array of beautiful castles, barns and country houses in the UK, all perfect for your special day!
Jill’s just rung me to say she is checking out a Scottish castle – I can already hear the bagpipes playing The Gay Gordons at the reception!