It is easy to become overwhelmed with the choices, as you have now opened up so many amazing possibilities. You are in the position to choose a location that makes your heart flutter; perhaps it is barefoot on a beach, on ship deck while sailing the open ocean, in the heart of a rainforest or maybe even at historical castle, your options are literally endless.
Before you start to go crazy with researching locations, let’s talk about your vision. Are you looking for a very simple wedding or are you wanting to pull off an elaborate affair? Do you have any specific religious ceremony or cultural traditions that need to be incorporated? Do you want your ceremony to be legal, or would you consider a symbolic ceremony with your civil ceremony held in Canada? Anything that is on the “must have” list needs to be considered at this point, as certain destinations may be better suited to accommodate your needs than others.
The next thing to consider is your guest list. If you are inviting a large group of people and hoping to have most of them attend, you want to consider making this a destination that is easy to get to and presents great value. This is where the popularity of All Inclusive resorts comes into play, convenience and value all rolled together will be very appealing to your guests. If your vision is more geared towards getting married in a vineyard in Italy, you will need to expect that your group will be much more intimate in size.
Now comes the “B” word …. Budget. The great thing about Destination Weddings is that there is truly something for every budget, but your dollar will take you further in some destinations than others. If budget is a concern then considering an all-inclusive resort in a more popular area would be your best bet. For example, generally you will get more bang for your buck in Mexico VS. Turks & Caicos simply due to supply and demand. The more flight frequency there is to a destination and the more hotel rooms they have to sell, will result in more options to fit your budget. In terms of wedding costs, you will also find holding your ceremony & reception onsite at your resort to be of great value, and many times (depending on your group size) there will be extra perks such as the bride & groom staying free, room upgrades, free private functions and more.
The last point I want to mention is, to consider how much time during your holiday you want to spend with your guests all in one location. If you are considering a destination such as Europe, you can expect that many people will make various travel arrangements on their own to customize their trip and only spend a few days with you at your chosen wedding location. If you prefer to be in an environment where everyone is spending quality time together over the course of a week then a resort or cruise setting would be ideal for you.
Friends and family mean well when they offer their suggestions or opinions, but at the end of the day it is important that you stay true to your vision. Always remember that it is really all about you as a couple and one of the most important days of your lives. Best tip is to follow your heart and the rest will fall into place.