Destination Weddings: Expectation vs Reality

Destination Weddings: Expectation vs Reality

We work to ensure your wedding is not a total disaster – but what you always imagined it would be: picture-perfect, running smoothly, and filled with happy memories. Though it’s easy to dream big, remember to keep your expectations in check when it comes down to actually planning.

The Destination

If you could exchange vows anywhere in the world, exotic locales like Iceland or Macchu Picchu may be what you picture. When reality sets in, you’ll learn that these weddings are hard to execute if you expect your guests to join you. When it comes to actually planning a destination wedding, the Caribbean and Mexico are the most popular spots: they are affordable and easy to get to, but still have that natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. You may want something elaborate and unique, but once you compare the price tag to your budget, you’ll be glad you settled on Cuba.

What you imagine:

destination-wedding-paris

What it is:

beach-destination-wedding

The Dress

You may have always yearned for that Donna Karen or Vera Wang design, but you might reconsider your gown when you decide on a destination wedding. You’ll be hot and full of sand…so opt for something lightweight and comfortable. And forget about the Louboutins…flip flops will be your best friend.

What you imagine:
wedding-dress

What it is:

beach-wedding-dress

The Guests

If you thought you could fill an entire ballroom at home, know that a destination wedding usually means your guest count will be much lower. Not everyone will come. Life gets in the way: budgeting, babies, etc. If you wanted to be the centre of attention at a big wedding, maybe your few family and friends plus the resort bartender will have to do. Not everyone has the money, time off work, and the will to travel for your wedding day.

What you imagine:

wedding-hall

What it is:

beach-wedding-chairs

The Details

If you’re the type of person to spend hours picking out the colour of a tablecloth, you’ll learn to be more laid back when planning a destination wedding. The beauty of destination weddings is that all the details: cake, décor, music, etc. should be simplified. Sure, you can work closely with your wedding coordinator in destination, but please, let go of the reins and it will be beautiful. Your vision may not be the reality.

What you imagine:

wedding-checklist

What it is:

destination-wedding-checklist

 

Read our 5 step guide to planning a destination wedding

 

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