I am not a specialist at weddings so I have asked a couple of Montgomery's Top Wedding Planners to help me with this topic. Kavonda Rogers of Weddings by Vonda and Michele Murphy of Michele Murphy Weddings.
First, Vonda explains...
Almost nine years ago I had the unique pleasure of planning my first destination wedding. It was a beautiful wedding on the shore of the Bahamas. During that time destination weddings were rare occasions and usually for the more affluent. Today 26% of all couples chose destination weddings with Italy and the Caribbean being the top destination wedding locales.
Cruises are the most economical way to go. Usually getting married aboard the ship can cost as little as $2500. Most cruise lines include a bouquet for the bride, boutonniere for the groom and a cake for the reception. There are many affordable add-ons that can be included to create your dream wedding. Most couples opt to be married before the ship leaves the port and then honeymoon the rest of the cruise. The cost of the cruise is not included the wedding fee. Considering most Caribbean cruises start at around $500 per person a $3000 wedding can’t be beat.
Resorts are the second option for destination weddings. They are a bit more expensive but allow for more options when planning a wedding. Many resorts specialize in destination weddings. The most well-known of course is Sandals. Yet, there are so many more resorts that offer destination wedding services. Most resorts offer packages for their weddings and even offer complimentary wedding packages for couples who stay at the resort the required amount of days. These required days are usually between 5 and 7 days. With airfare and package costs resort destination weddings can start at $6500.00 for the couple.
Now that we have explored the option these are my personal tips for planning a destination wedding.
Michele Murphy of Michele Murphy Weddings shared the Pro's and Con's of a destination wedding.
•Pros for Destination Wedding:
1) Less guests
2) Affordable - most or all services can be included in your service package with little or no work required from you.
3) Wedding, reception, and honeymoon all at once
• Cons for Destination Wedding:
1) Public Health Concerns
2) Legal matters
3) All family and friends may not be able to attend.
• Pros for Home Wedding:
1) Most of your family and friends will be able to attend
2) Can typically have the type of wedding you want
• Cons for Home Wedding:
1) More stressful
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