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Is A Destination Wedding Worth It?
●July 7, 2021●4 minute read
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If someone likes it and then puts a ring on it, the next big task is planning the wedding! There are so many options to consider, including where you want to get married. It’s not uncommon for people to throw a destination wedding, wherein they travel abroad to get married.
It’s no secret that weddings are expensive, with the average wedding in Australia costing $36,000. Understandably, money is always a factor when planning a wedding, and destination weddings can sometimes end up being a cheaper option. However, destination weddings can also get complicated. So, why do people do it?
In this article, we discuss destination weddings, their pros and cons, and whether a destination wedding might be worth considering.
What is a destination wedding?
In a nutshell, a destination wedding is a wedding that is held in a location other than your town of residence. Typically, this involves long distance travel and, in most cases, overseas travel.
In some cases, a destination wedding will be held in the same location as the honeymoon. Meaning, both celebrations are held in the same resort venue.
According to Easy Weddings, these are some of the most sought after destination wedding locations for Aussie’s ready to get married:
- Villa Botanica, Queensland;
- The Royal Pita Maha, Bali;
- The Edge – Ultimate Clifftop Venue, Uluwata, Bali;
- Creative Events Asia, Thailand;
- Taman Bhagawan, Bali.
What are the pros and cons of destination weddings?
Now, let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of destination weddings. In doing so, we can get a more comprehensive understanding of destination weddings, why people choose to have them, and whether a destination wedding might suit you.
Pro: Wedding packages can be more affordable
Depending on the destination of your wedding, sometimes it can actually end up being cheaper than a wedding in your hometown. Particularly, destinations like Bali, Thailand, Hawaii, and Mexico are renowned for their affordable wedding packages.
In these all-inclusive packages, everything from the flowers to the cake is factored into the pricing. Typically, it is priced per guest, and it can make the organisation of your wedding easier.
Con: Travelling can get complicated
If you choose to marry abroad, it can make the actual process of getting married more complicated. Specifically, if you choose to get married in another country, you might need to sort out the logistics of obtaining your marriage licence.
Pro: The festivities can continue
Since all of your guests will be travelling to attend the wedding, it’s not uncommon for the festitivates to go for longer than a traditional wedding. In some cases, destination weddings can span over three to five days. Plus, you can have other festivities with all of your guests that are separate from the wedding, to continue to celebrate your marriage.
Con: People might not make it
Unfortunately, one thing to consider when having a destination wedding is that some people might not be able to make it. Whether they can’t get enough time off work, unable to travel abroad, or can’t afford the plane ticket and other expenses, you might need to consider whether you’re willing to have people not able to attend.
In particular, if a close friend or relative is unable to travel, they won’t make it to your wedding. This is something to think about before deciding whether a destination wedding is right for you.
Pro: You can be selective with your guest list
Rather than needing to invite distant relatives you don’t really care about, a destination wedding means you can be selective about who you invite. Typically, destination weddings are much smaller, more intimate occasions. So, you can just invite close friends and family, if you choose to, and not worry about leaving other people out.
Con: Your family is on your honeymoon
Again, everyone is travelling a long way to attend a destination wedding. Meaning, after the wedding is over, they will probably be sticking around for longer than a day. This could mean that all of your family and friends are essentially on your honeymoon with you. If you’d rather have your honeymoon as a private affair, this is something to consider.
So, should I have a destination wedding?
After considering all of the pros and cons, you might choose to have a destination wedding that suits your needs. Unfortunately, during the current global pandemic, your travelling options might be limited if you’re in a rush to get married. But if you’re planning to wait until travelling is safe again, a destination wedding could be on the cards for you.
However, if you don’t think a destination wedding would suit you, there are plenty of beautiful wedding locations in Australia. With weddings being one of the biggest days of many people’s lives, there is no shortage of venues where you can choose to tie the knot. While it might end up being more expensive, it might be worth it.
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Written by Rachel Horan
Rachel Horan is a Content Writer for Jacaranda Finance. Rachel has previously produced content for Brisbane City Council, Black & White Cabs, and Clubs Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.