Pros & Cons of Destination Weddings

Figure out whether far flung festivities are right for you

By Sandy Mitchell

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Every year hundreds of thousands of U.S couples plan destination weddings, but that doesn't mean that this type of wedding is for everyone. Sure, destination weddings are exotic and can be a lot of fun for all concerned, but they also bring their own set of challenges. To find out whether a destination wedding is for you and your future spouse, consider these points.

Pro: romantic and exotic location

Your neighborhood church hall or country club can't compete with the beach in Negril or Jamaica, or the mountains in Aspen. Destination weddings are all about the setting.

Pro: generally less expensive

According to some estimates couples spend approximately 40 percent less on a destination wedding than on a traditional, local wedding. Given that the average wedding costs close to $30,000, that could mean huge savings.

Pro: small and intimate

Only 60 percent of invited guests will attend a destination wedding, as opposed to 85 percent of guests invited to a hometown wedding. That difference in size can lend itself to a more intimate wedding where the bride and groom can really be close with family and friends.

Con: not everyone can attend

The time and cost constraints of a destination wedding can often prevent some close family members and friends from attending your wedding.

Con: long-distance planning

Details like flowers, catering and music can be more of a challenge when you are trying to make arrangements from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is a writer and blogger and a contributor to DexKnows.

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