Is a Destination Wedding Right For You

Destination weddings, tying the knot away from home, have become increasingly popular over the last few years. On average, 15% of weddings are destination weddings. Why are so many couples quick to consider this option?

Here are a few pros and cons to help get you started!


  • Destination weddings are cost effective. A lot of guests cannot afford to travel out of the country (or even out of state) for a wedding this keeps your cost down! For example, you could fly to an all-inclusive resort in Belize, get married, and stay for a deluxe week long honeymoon. This might cost you a few thousand dollars, including hotel stays, meals, airfare, and drinks. Compare that to a typical wedding hosted in Chicago, which between the 150 guests, rentals, and everything else, could cost you an average of $30,000 (plus the honeymoon!).
  • Destination weddings tend to have a more relaxed atmosphere. They also offer an intimate setting for your special day. Would it be nice to have been able to invite your crazy aunt Helen? Maybe, but the most important thing is the people you want to share this day with are there.


  • They are smaller in size. Have 40 cousins on your Mom’s side and 100 close friends? Maybe a destination wedding isn’t for you. Typical sizes range from 2-50 guests. It’s difficult to have a large wedding away from home. This might mean risking hurt feelings from those who didn’t get an invite.
  • Destination weddings could possibly involve legal issues. Each country has different requirements for marriage, so make sure you research beforehand! Look into the documents you need (birth certificate, passport, etc) to bring with you; some couples have skipped this step, only to find that their marriage is not legal in the U.S.!

What are some questions to ask before planning a destination wedding?

  • Will the people that can and will accept the invitation be those that I want most at my wedding? Remember, destination weddings can be quite expensive for guests!
  • Can you handle making most decisions via telephone, email, or Skype? You most likely won’t be able to visit venues, taste food, or see the sights firsthand.
  • Will either of your parents be less than happy if you don’t tie the knot near home? Do you have family members you want at your wedding with health issues or that do not like to fly?

Destination weddings can be an exciting adventure for the happy couple, as well as for the guests, providing romance, fun, and cherished memories you and your guests will treasure forever.

Are you planning a destination wedding? Where would you love to tie the knot? Is there anything you would do differently? Comment below!