What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “destination wedding?” Extravagant venues? Beaches with white sand? Traveling across the globe? A destination wedding can be all of those things, but in reality, there are many other versions of that fairy tale. A destination wedding could be held at a New York City industrial building, a Napa Valley winery, a cabin in Colorado or even a historic estate in Kentucky.
Hosting your wedding at a location unique to you and your partner is something special that ensures your wedding is a memorable experience for everyone. A destination wedding isn’t a good fit for everyone, but it may be perfect for you. To find out, think about the following four topics.
Time With Those Who Matter Most
Heading out of town for your big day can help control your guest count. That cousin that you see once a year may feel obligated to attend your wedding if it’s nearby, but will completely understand not receiving an invite to an intimate destination wedding. That means you get to spend quality time with only your favorite people. Your wedding weekend is the perfect opportunity to create special moments with those who mean the most to you.
Embrace Local Flair
A destination wedding can easily become a weekend experience instead of just a single-day event. Together in a new and fresh location, you are free to explore the attractions, try new foods and go to local events. For example, a destination wedding in Kentucky could include a bourbon tasting at Maker’s Mark, a day at Keeneland‘s horse racing and some good southern cooking at The Merrick Inn. Embracing the local flair creates unique experiences that you don’t have to curate yourself. From rehearsal dinner to Sunday brunches, your intimate destination weekend is unique to you and your wedding wishes.
Travel to Find What Fits
Do you feel like the venues around you don’t fit your style or wedding vision? Have your friends already gotten married at the best venues in your area? If your answer to either of these questions is “Yes”, then a destination wedding may be perfect for you. Travel outside your area to find a location that is right for you. Think about settings or specific places that you’ve always wanted to go or a place that you’ve always loved going. Then, go there to get married! Your event is sure to be unique if you’re choosing to host your wedding away from home.
Make the Most of Your Budget
The cost of wedding venues and wedding vendors actually differs greatly from place to place. If you live in a metropolitan area, you can actually save money by traveling to a more rural destination. In fact, according to Value Penguin, the average cost of a wedding in New York City is around $88,000 compared to a Kentucky wedding at $17,000. Additionally, your smaller guest count can either significantly reduce your overall cost or allow you to spend more per guest. According to The Knot, the average price per wedding guest is around $258. Lowering your guest count can save money where it counts and put funds into things that matter most to you. This could be done by treating your guests to a nice dinner, a welcome party, or adding more personal flair.
Is a destination wedding for you?
Traveling for your wedding is a unique experience you get to share with those who matter most to you. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles or spend all your life savings to enjoy the advantages of a destination wedding. Finding a location that fits you and your event is probably easier and more attainable than you think.
If you’re in the midst of wedding planning and need some guidance on wedding vendor shopping, be sure to check out this post 8 Questions to Answer Before You Start Wedding Venue Shopping!
*The images in this post were taken by The Malicotes with flowers from Wild Roots Farmer Florist. The model, Maddie Duff of Otte Style, had her glam done by Blush & Glow Lex and is wearing a Heidi Elnora dress.