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More couples today are turning to destination weddings from beach locations stateside to international locations such as Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Montego Bay. The majority of couples who choose destination weddings are doing so to find extra unique opportunities for themselves and their guests. While many people assume the average duration is equivalent to a long weekend, most destination weddings average six days.
When choosing a venue it is important to keep your guests in mind. Will the destination be affordable for guests to fly to and are there multiple hotel options at different price points. Because of the extra expense of a destination wedding, you will find that your guest list will filter down to your core group of friends and family.
Most importantly it is important that you invest time and money to visit in person early in the planning process. You will want to schedule venue site visits, do taste testings, and plan layouts and floor plans. Depending on the size of your wedding, it may be easier to hire an event planner to help coordinate other vendors such as florists, photographers, DJs, etc. And most importantly, if you are doing an international wedding in another county find out what the marriage license requirement are. It might mean that you’ll have to tie the knot locally for it to be legal.
Know your destination and communicate information to your guests. Share any special opportunities and travel ideas with them. Communicate dress code and perhaps even send a basic vocabulary list in the local language. Most important – have fun planning your special day.