Destination weddings have become a very popular choice for the sheer fact of celebrating your wedding day with only family and very dear friends, far from the maddening city crowds.
There are qualified wedding professionals and even specialized agencies which help to organize the entire wedding occasion seamlessly and offer you a range of complimentary services. These could be the wedding cake, the music, and perhaps even a local surprise to bring an added smile to your face.
From the venue, the decor, the cuisine et al, they leave no stone unturned to give you the perfect wedding. These specialized agencies assist in the entire process of deciding on a resort / venue, arrangements for the marriage license to permissions, bouquets, an officiate, a photographer as well as discounted sight-seeing and shopping for your guests. If your resort has the luxury of a Spa, you can decide on gift certificates for some of the Spa services for your guests. Of course, the bride and the groom could opine and share their thoughts for changes if any otherwise they can sit back and relax. However, while this may seem like a great solution and the perfect concept of a wedding destination, you have to remember that you will have to bear the entire cost for the travel, accommodation and hospitality of the guests unless they can afford it. In case you plan a wedding outside your country of residence, your guests will have to bear the burden of the visas and all other travel documents. You wouldn’t want to take the onus of that, would you? From this perspective, destination weddings can be a dampener for your dear friends who may not be able to afford the travel expenses and in some cases may not be able to get their paper work completed on time. Whether you decide on an exotic island or simply a neighbouring country, you will have to first understand from the wedding planners the laws of that place. In case if one or both the bride and groom are divorcees the paperwork involved at the destination would have to be translated in the local language and there are various other legalities which may have to be completed. In such cases, it is best to have a quiet affair in the church at home, take your vows, tie the knot and have a ceremony of sorts at the destination. This way, you can be assured about the legality of your marriage. A destination wedding can be fun, exhilarating and memorable if everyone from the bride and groom’s side – their near and dear ones can afford it or else you may end up having only your parents and a few members making your dear friends hold a grudge against you for life!