destination weddings vs local weddings?

May 11th, 2011

Hello everyone!

I am 23 years old, and I am newly engaged. I am really excited, and I have already been looking into what I want my dream wedding to be. My fiance and I are not planning on getting married immediately, since we both want to focus on developing our careers a little more. I have graduated university, but I plan on returning to school for my Master’s in Social Work within the next few years, and my fiance has recently finished college. I am torn between getting married abroad (beach setting in the tropics), or having a ceremony in Niagara (where my family lives). If I choose to get married locally, then we have chosen not to have a traditional wedding reception, but rather have a small catered gathering for the guests following the ceremony, and then invite the guests to a party at a cottage up North shortly after to celebrate. Does anyone have any advice or experience that they would like to share regarding what it is like to get married abroad? What precautions should I take when planning the wedding? What can I expect? Is it better to get married locally and then plan a tropical honeymoon? Also, I know it is an odd concern, but I think that I would be a little nervous about entrusting my wedding dress to the airline, and I am terrified that my dress will get lost during transit. Any advice?

6 Responses to “destination weddings vs local weddings?”

  1. powairy says:

    I’m getting married in Europe because that’s where my fiance is from, so it’s kind of like a destination wedding for my family. It’s been quite easy to plan actually, because we have done most things by email and can look at everything on the internet. We have been over once during the planning and were able to see things in person, which helped a lot.

    And most airlines allow you to bring your wedding dress on the plane with you, and they just hang it up in the stewards’ section. That’s what I’m doing.

  2. Sanu says:

    yes, it is real i like destination weddings vs local weddings. If not couple get married locally, they have chosen not to have a traditional weddings reception.

  3. Cat Lover says:

    Just my opinion, but I think destination weddings are very expensive for your guests. If you don’t care whether any of your family attends it, then go ahead. But I think a local wedding is nicer for your guests, and then you can go anywhere you want on your honeymoon.

  4. TWIGGY says:

    You should get married locally. You want your family and friends to go, don’t you? I’ve heard of many brides who plan a destination wedding, then get upset when people don’t want to spend the money on a ‘vacation’, that’s not their first choice for a vacation, or what they’re best off spending that much money on. Besides, don’t you want to start your honeymoon, alone, with just you and your new husband?

    When you invite a guest to a party, you shouldn’t ask them to spend money on it. I realize, there are always people who live out of town, but that’s a lot different than saying ‘If I’m important to you, I’m sure you won’t mind hopping on a plane, and spending a couple of nights in a hotel, just to see me get married’.

  5. Vibiana says:

    A destination wedding is the perfect example of putting things before people. That is why destination weddings are rude by definition unless the couple is actually eloping without telling anyone beforehand. Otherwise, by “inviting” people to buy themselves plane tickets and forfeit vacation time for you, you are saying “we’re having a party, and you can’t come unless you can bring yourself!”

  6. diamondcollector says:

    in these tough economic times, a destination wedding would be impossible for your guests. no one would come. be courteous and have a local wedding.

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