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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Destination Weddings

Photo: Courtesy of The Knot
Taken in Vanua Levu, Fiji

Along with planning weddings in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, I also plan Destination
Weddings. Starting in July and each month thereafter I am going to feature my favorite Destination spot for a Destination Wedding. Some may ask what is a Destination Wedding or why have a Destination Wedding. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Destination Weddings. I hope after reading this, you will have a better understanding and appreciation for those who want to marry in another State, tropical island or even out of the country.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What exactly is a destination wedding?

When a couple decides that they want to exchange their vows and celebrate their love in a dream location that they and their guests will have to travel to, they are deciding on a Destination Wedding. Destination weddings often take place in tropical areas such as the Caribbean, Mexico, or Hawaii. Others decide to celebrate their wedding in Europe, South America or the South Pacific. The entire wedding party will travel to the destination and enjoy a long weekend - or an entire week - and be on vacation while attending the wedding.

2. Why plan a Destination Wedding?

There are many reasons to choose a destination wedding. Many couples look to a destination wedding as a way to have a unique and memorable wedding experience. Often, when looking at a guest list, many people will have to travel from far away states or countries. A destination wedding allows them to travel somewhere exotic and fabulous, where they can also enjoy a relaxing vacation; as opposed to asking guests to book a flight and hotel in a less exciting hometown. Some couples are in love with the destination, and want to spend the most special day of their lives in their idea of paradise. More couples decide upon a destination wedding as they are from different areas of the country, and do not want to decide against one hometown for another, so they opt to go to a location that will, from now on, be somewhere special to each of them. One of the most common reasons to choose a destination wedding is to save money. Destination Weddings often allow couples to save upwards of $20,000 versus a traditional wedding!

3. Is a Destination Wedding right for us and our Guests? Are there certain people, such as close family or friends, without whom you would not have your wedding? If so, we suggest that you poll these guests to see if attending your Destination Wedding is feasible for them.

4. How far in advance should I plan my destination wedding? This really varies with the destination. One major factor is how many guests are going to be invited. For a traditional wedding a month or two is acceptable notice for "Save the Date" cards. Destination Weddings however involve travel arrangements, and therefore should be sent out at least 4-6 months in advance. This is to allow the guests to properly budget and plan for the trip, and to make sure that they are able to obtain reservations.

Tip: Destination weddings take considerable planning and research, and the best properties & accommodations often book far in advance of the wedding date. The earlier you begin planning your wedding, the greater the likelihood you will be able to book the perfect property for you and your guests.

There are many Destination Wedding websites and information regarding Destination Weddings. When couples decide to have a Destination Wedding, they usually already have an idea where they want to have their wedding. Start planning your Destination Wedding today, but for now...

Happy Planning!

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Sources:, TheKnot

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