I’ve always found myself flipping through Wedding Magazines and stopping to admire the beautiful Destination Weddings that are featured.   Saying “I do” in fabulous destinations featuring crystal blue waters as your backdrop is becoming more popular as couples discover just how easy and much more valuable destination weddings are.

First things first, to be honest Destination Weddings aren’t for everyone. Some couples are tied to having a particular pastor marry them or walking down the aisle of their home church. Perhaps you have a great-aunt or other family member who is unable to travel that you want to share in your big day . A Destination Wedding may not fit into your vision and a traditional church wedding may be the best option for you. However, a Destination Wedding can be a great option for anyone looking to do something different and to create a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

Worried a Destination Wedding may be outside your budget? Budget-minded couples are often surprised at just how much they are able to save on a Destination Wedding. Not only the savings, but you also add VALUE for the money spent. From combining the ceremony with your honeymoon, to taking advantage of free wedding and honeymoon packages offered at many resorts, there are several ways to pinch pennies while adding value to your experience. Combined with  All-Inclusive options, you could save tons.

Another great benefit of having a Destination Wedding is limiting your ceremony to close family friends. This lends itself to creating a more intimate, memorable experience centered around your wedding. Who doesn’t need an excuse for a vacation? With enough advanced planning, the trip can be affordable for everyone. Looking for some alone time with your new spouse? How about having the ceremony at one resort and moving to a sister property for your honeymoon? And another added savings, if you book enough rooms, the bride and groom’s stay could be free.

You can also save on costs such as decorations, renting a separate venue for the reception, flowers, etc because many of these things are already included in the wedding package. For example, Hard Rock Resorts has formed a partnership with Colin Cowie who has designed several beautiful wedding packages.

Hard Rock Resort – Design by Colin Cowie

These “pre-packaged” options can be customized to your liking, and will save you time and money with the one-price package deal.

Working with an experienced Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist will make your planning seemless. Many properties now offer onsite wedding coordinators who will go through all the details to make sure your special day is as stress free as possible. Meanwhile, your Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist can coordinate directly with your guests to make their travel arrangements and ensure any final details are confirmed with the property. This frees you up to focus on details like, your dress, wedding party attire and other specifics.

If you’re still undecided as to what’s the best choice for you and you’re mate, give me a call and we can explore your options. Surely a Destination Wedding is a great way to make sure your wedding is uniquely you!

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Tiffany Smith, Independent Travel Consultant is a certified Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist. For questions or to schedule a consultation contact her at tiffany@tlcsmithtravel.com or 619.631.8527.