Newlywed couple kissing on their wedding day with their reflection showing up in the pool

Why You Should Have a Destination Wedding

Today I’m celebrating 5 years of marriage with my husband. We chose to have a small destination wedding and we have zero regrets. Having a big wedding just wasn’t for us. I honestly hate planning parties and knew a destination wedding would be the right choice for us. We chose to go to Secrets Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico and they did a wonderful job putting our special day together. 

Advantages to Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings Can Save You Money 

Back in 2018, when I started planning my wedding, the costs started to quickly add up. The reception venue alone was $8,000 and that was the most affordable option I could find. My husband and I didn’t have any financial help with our wedding and we knew we didn’t want to go into a large amount of debt for one day. I can’t remember the exact cost, but I do know we spent less than $8,000 for an entire week at the all-inclusive resort. 

It’s More Intimate

We probably wouldn’t have invited more than 150 people to an actual wedding, but I really enjoyed being able to spend my special day with some of those that matter most to me. I didn’t enjoy the feeling of being pressured into inviting certain people just because I should. Having a destination wedding was the perfect excuse for keeping the invite list short. 

Newlywed couple on their wedding day kissing at sunset

A Wedding Planner Is Usually Included 

If you’re anything like me, you probably hate planning parties. I am a huge procrastinator and I’m not always the most resourceful, so I didn’t have a ton of confidence when I came to pulling off an entire wedding. When I saw a wedding planner was included in the wedding package, I was immediately sold. I joke that I planned my wedding in 3 weeks ,but in reality, the only thing I had to do was decide on a few details. 

It Doubles as a Honeymoon 

I’m just going to be honest and say that there were only a handful of things that were important to me when planning my wedding. My honeymoon was in the top 5. I wanted a nice honeymoon and was willing to splurge. We got married on day 3 of our vacation and then the rest of the time we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. 

Disadvantages to Destination Weddings

Not Everyone Can Travel to a Destination Wedding

This is probably the biggest reason I didn’t want to have a destination wedding. Destination weddings may save you money, but it’s very expensive for everyone attending your wedding. Much of our family had financial constraints so they were unable to attend. It sucked that the majority of our family and close friends wouldn’t be able to attend, but I knew that I didn’t want to compromise the vision I had for my wedding to accommodate potential guests. 

Black and white photo of a newlywed couple kissing on their wedding day, showing their reflection in the pool.

Lack of Flexibility 

You don’t get to choose who does your hair or who takes your pictures. The fact that I couldn’t taste the food before making menu selections gave me some anxiety. If you’re doing a destination wedding to save money, be prepared to have limited options. I was able to add extras onto my wedding package, but it cost extra. 

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Conclusion: 

Just like everything in life, whether it’s worth it to do a destination wedding is entirely dependent on your personal situation. As I mentioned before, I have zero regrets with my decision to do a destination wedding. Even with all the disadvantages, it was the right decision. It has the potential to be more intimate while saving a good amount of money.

A Groom carrying a bride off into the sunset
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