Are you and your groom set on a wedding getaway, but facing pressure from parents or family to keep your nuptials local, instead? Many couples love the idea of a destination wedding, but face unexpected obstacles when they begin planning and then waiver on their decision. If you find yourself in that boat, and unsure whether a destination wedding will be a good fit for you, here are some questions that can help you determine where to go with wedding planning.
Can Your Most Important Guests Attend?
Regardless of where you’re planning to wed, you can’t try to please everyone. It’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, you should focus, first and foremost, on what matters most to you and your soon-to-be-groom. But after that, you do want to take into consideration your very closest family and friends ability to travel. This means financially and health-wise. If you know, for instance, your grandma is unable to fly, or that your best friend and matron-of-honor will be eight months pregnant at the time of your wedding, are you willing to miss their presence to wed on a beachside? Or, would you rather have them present at the beautiful local venue?
Which Is Less Stressful?
All else considered, sometimes hard decisions are made easier when you gauge your stress level. If the idea of planning a destination wedding for your 100 closest friends sounds more fun than planning a lavish affair for 300 of your family’s acquaintances, then by all means, get out-of-town. However, if you love the look and idea of a romantic getaway wedding to your family’s cabin in the mountains, but dread the idea of planning transportation and lodging details, to pull it off, you might prefer to have a hometown wedding, followed by a relaxed honeymoon to that cabin. Or, host a girls’ getaway a few weeks before the wedding, for your closest pals. And enjoy the ease that often comes with planning a local wedding.
Wherever you decide to get married, it goes without saying that you’ll need help to pull off planning (maintain your sanity in the process). Start early, by asking friend and family that have already volunteered their help, if you can take them up on their offers. But also consider hiring a wedding planner to lighten your load. If you do opt for a destination wedding, you can either work with someone local to your chosen locale, or pick someone in your hometown that has worked in your destination before, or at least has lots of experience planning out-of-town nuptials. Keep in mind that the more familiar the planner is with your desired location, the more likely she or he will be able to recommend other vendors to work with, from hair stylists to florists.