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10 Awesome Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding

I know what you’re thinking…

“Why should I have a destination wedding? What’s the big deal?”

Well… does a 3-day party in Mexico with your family + friends AND saving 80% of your wedding sound like a big deal? Cause it is!

I have 10 MAJOR reasons why you should consider a destination wedding.

It’s time to get a little excited. 🙌

Dig in!

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Who needs a guest list longer than a CVS receipt?!

Destination weddings are usually slightly more intimate.

You get the perfect excuse to trim down your guest list to only the folks who truly mean the most to you.

Plus, with a tight-knit crew, planning becomes a breeze.

It gives you more time to focus on the important stuff – like picking out your signature cocktail or perfecting your dance moves.

And let’s not forget the budget-friendly perks!

Fewer guests mean more money to spend on the good stuff, like upgrading to that beachfront villa or splurging on a fireworks show.

Having said that, many resorts offer wedding packages for 100 guests, and also have venues that can accommodate 200 to 800 guests.

wedding planner

Who needs more stress in their life?!

Planners at resorts do all the heavy lifting for you.

Almost every all-inclusive resort offers all-inclusive wedding packages which include EVERYTHING, even a dreamy wedding venue to choose from.

From the wedding to floral arrangements, food, and reception, everything is taken care of.

Once you choose a destination wedding planner, you’re all set! They’re like travel agents but they specialize in destination weddings. So, it’s essentially FREE help.

Planners help you with:

– selecting the perfect all-inclusive resort.
– choosing a wedding package.
– getting the best prices on everything.

Guests will also get the red-carpet treatment since the agency organizes travel for everyone. No stress!

pueblo bonito resort wedding

Are destination weddings really affordable, you ask?

YES! 100%

Lets put things into perspective…

According to TheKnot, the average cost of a wedding in the US for 2023 was $35,000 😭

The average cost of an all-inclusive wedding is around $3,500 to $6,500 for 20 to 50 guests.

This includes everything… the wedding ceremony, flowers, food & drink, reception, DJ, the works!

That leaves you with more money in your pocket!

Just think of all the margaritas and palomas you can sip on the beach with that kind of extra cash!

wedding setup in a forest

Always wanted to go cenote diving in Mexico?

Or lakeside camping in Switzerland?

Or explore the African savannah?

Opt for a wedding at your dream destination and you could be knocking off items from your travel bucket list!

Psst! Got Mexico on your mind? Here are 10 amazing Mexico wedding venues & locations!

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I know! Sounds like a heavy term!

Simply put, destination weddings act as the common meeting grounds between 2 locations or cultures.

For example – 1 partner’s from Texas, the other has roots in Japan, both stay in LA… Where do you have the wedding?

In an exotic destination of course, with both the cultures coming together beautifully!

Here’s why a destination wedding works out:
  • Wherever guests are from, the destination becomes a shared experience for all.
  • Cultural differences fade away as everyone celebrates together in a new setting.
  • The destination itself becomes a common ground where all guests feel welcome and connected.

unique wedding location

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just skip the regular 45-minute ceremony and the predictable reception dinner?

Well, here’s an idea – why not go somewhere new and exciting and experience something completely unique?

How about a Mayan wedding ceremony in Mexico, or a Maasai wedding in Tanzania, or a Vedic wedding in India?

Every place has its own special customs that will add a little cultural spice to your big day!

That’s why many couples nowadays are choosing destination wedding packages that have a local flair. 

hyatt zilara riviera maya beach venue

When deciding on having a destination wedding, weather is just as crucial as cost, if not more so.

If you really want to have a wedding in say November or December, ditching the cold and heading over to the Caribbean, Maldives, Mexico, Jamaica, Hawaii, or Costa Rica makes more sense.

Couples are now opting for exotic destinations just so they can escape the gloomy weather back home! 

Best months to get married at popular destinations: 
  • Mexico – all year round!
  • Italy – April – June and September – November
  • Greece – April – June and September – October
  • Dominican Republic – all year round!
  • Thailand – November to early April
  • Jamaica – all year round!

grand palladium costa suites

From massive rooms the size of an apartment to 2-storey penthouses…

From rooms with private pools to dreamy swim-out suites…

The accommodation options are endless when you decide to opt for a destination wedding.

Besides, amenities and features in these rooms and suites are capable of spoiling you to the core!

Let’s just say, you and your guests might not want to leave!

In case you’re thinking of Mexico as your destination, here are our resort suggestions 👇

Mexico resorts for your wedding:
  1. The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences
  2.  Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
  3.  Breathless Cancun Soul
  4.  Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites
  5.  Dreams Natura Resort & Spa

grand velas resort activities

With a local wedding, you get just a few hours with your guests, and you are exhausted by the end of the day.

Destination weddings are all the rage because they give the couple more time to hang out and have fun with their guests.

If you want, the celebrations and events can be dragged out over several days.

Besides, many resorts offer awesome activities and entertainment options for you and your guests to choose from.

Activities you can take up in Mexico with your guests:
  • Tequila tastings
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Swimming with whale sharks
  • Excursion to Mayan ruins
  • Catamaran cruises
  • ATV adventures
  • Mezcal tastings
  • Swimming with turtles
  • Scuba diving

Last but definitely not least, destination weddings are popular because of the stunning locales you can opt for.

Your local banquet hall or chapel may not have the best scenery for wedding photos.

However, if you consider places like the Italian countryside or the Mexican Riviera, you can capture some amazing shots for your big day!

And if you’re not a fan of the beach, here are 15 fabulous wedding venues in Mexico that are not beaches!

Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming and confusing. Where do you even start?

Start with us! 

Our wedding planners have planned 100’s of weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean at all-inclusive resorts. We can help you too.

Call us today at 877-737-0177 or contact us here for a free consultation.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Hi! I am Niyati from ParadiseWeddings.com. Need help planning your destination wedding? I'm your gal! From resort reviews to fashion tips, and everything in between, our team of certified destination wedding specialists and I've got you covered!

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