By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca/Delray newspapers
Why do a destination wedding? Choosing to have your wedding at a non-local venue, especially in a tropical location is a unique opportunity for couples. When choosing between a local venue versus a destination wedding, here are some important things to consider when deciding which option is best for you and your guests.
With the cost of wedding skyrocketing to $25,000 or more, many couples will find a significant cost saving by having a destination wedding, especially since you are often combining the wedding and honeymoon into one. Some hotels. especially in Mexico and the Caribbean even offer complimentary wedding packages that include a variety of wedding services and amenities. Beyond the complimentary packages, there are plenty of customizable wedding packages for a reasonable cost- typically under $5,000 for the entire wedding.
As for your guests, who may be spending a few extra dollars, just remind them that this is a great opportunity to have a vacation of their own while also celebrating your big day. You can arrange a very special ceremony and have a fun reception.
A destination wedding is the perfect way to do everything all at one with all of your closest friends and family. It is a truly memorable experience for you and your guests because they’ll be able to celebrate your marriage, not just for one day, but for the entire time they’re in the destination with you. That ocean backdrop and palm-studded sand makes for some pretty unbelievable wedding photos too.
With a destination wedding, the resort wedding planners will coordinate everything to your exact specifications, making it truly personalized and memorable for your big day. The usual preferred choice of hotel is an all inclusive that includes accommodations, meals and activities. Depending on the property, they might also include golf. spa and sightseeing. There are also perks and other amenities that might be available to the bride and groom depending on the number of guests attending. Your guests that are attending will also be able to take advantage of the group rate being offered to those attending the wedding. Some of the major hotel chains offering Wedding and Honeymoon packages include Sandals, AM Resorts, including Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams, Hyatt, Iberostar, Hard Rock, Riu, Club Med and others.
An alternate to the hotel wedding is a wedding either on board a cruise ship or in one of the ports. Group rates, perks and amenities are also available with cruise ship weddings.
Your travel agent will be invaluable in coordinating travel arrangements with you and your guests. They will also advise you on marriage license requirements and other requests you may have.
Dash Travel “has been there since 1959”. We’ve been on all 7 continents, to over 100 countries, all 50 states and on over 100 cruise ships. We are uniquely qualified as an experienced, concierge travel agency. Visit www.DashTravel4Charity.com. Call 561.498.8439 or drop by at 504 East Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach.