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 Why A Destination Wedding

By Robin Spelman, MBA, Romance Travel Specialist

March 25, 2009

A trend that seems to have no end in sight is more and more couples are opting for a wedding in an exotic location away from home. Today, about 16 percent of all weddings are destination weddings.  This trend increases every year. Destination weddings are weddings that are conducted in locations away from the couple’s home town and range from very simple ceremonies with just the bride and groom to very elaborate ceremonies with as many as 200 people or more in a very exotic location.

There are a number of reasons for this trend. First, since many brides and grooms grew up in different locations, it is a big decision on where to have the ceremony and in the past some couples even chose to have two ceremonies to make sure there were no hard feelings. Many times, Family and friends have to make the trip for the wedding and would have the travel expenses and time off from work associated with the wedding anyway. 

Second, the cost of a traditional wedding continues to increase. This causes a huge expense for the couple just starting out and their Family.   The average cost of a traditional wedding at home is around $28,000 and does not even include the honeymoon. 

Third, more resorts and locations around the world are providing destination wedding packages and services that reduce the stress of planning a very nice ceremony in great locations that allow the entire Family and Friends of the bride and groom to have a great time while not spending more money than they would have to do a traditional wedding. Weddings can be done on the beach, in a church, or in a gazebo at the resort.  

Fourth, today’s economy is making the decision to do a destination wedding easier for couples.   Couples can save thousands of dollars by having a destination wedding in places like Riviera Maya, St. Lucia, Jamaica and many other places for a lot less money than a traditional wedding. This is largely due to the increase in popularity of the All-Inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. These resorts can save money because the food and beverage costs are greatly reduced at an all-inclusive resort and depending on the number of guests are often included in the cost of the accommodations. 

Lastly, destination weddings can greatly reduce the stress and cost of planning and coordinating the wedding at home in a traditional setting. They also provide the attendees a vacation which is important to keep you at the top of your game while sharing some very precious moments with the bride and groom.

The bottom line is destination weddings provide a great way for couples today to save money, reduce the stress of planning a traditional wedding, and provide them a great venue to start building their life of memories together.   Destination weddings can be very simple between the bride and groom or can be a very elaborate wedding with hundreds of guests.   The easiest way to get started is to contact a romance travel specialist at least 9 to 14 months before the big day. The earlier the couple starts the planning the better because the accommodations and costs can be locked in early often at a greater savings to the couple. 

Remember, this is a once in a life-time event and everything about the wedding should be about the experience and expectations. By planning the destination wedding and using an experienced romance travel specialist, will ensure your wedding and honeymoon is all you expect and more. Really, experience the romance and begin your journey as Man and Wife that is very unique and special for you.


Robin Spelman is Co-Owner of All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings, the largest romance travel company in North America. Our Travel Agent/Owners specialize in romance travel like honeymoons, destination weddings, and anniversaries. All About Honeymoons Romance Travel Specialist are specially trained in romance travel and destination weddings to provide a full service travel experience. Our romance travel specialists work directly with the most popular resorts around the world to provide our client couples the best romantic travel and wedding experience that exceeds expectations.   Trust me you do not want to be your own travel agency while you are on the most important trip of your life!           

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