How to Decide if a Destination Wedding is Right For You

Etiquette, Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Destination Wedding Facts

Photo: Bryce Covey

Toying with the idea of traveling to say "I do?" Here's how you can figure out if a destination wedding is right for you.

Quiz time! True or false:

1.) My fiancé and I are attached to a certain place — the beach, the city where we met, or somewhere we've always dreamed of traveling.

2.) Many of my friends can afford the trip and would be psyched to turn our wedding into a vacation.

3.) I want my wedding to feel different from the other ones I've attended. I'm okay if Grandma or other elderly relatives can't make it.

4.) I don't mind the extra planning and logistics involved, and I'm not one to micromanage — I can trust others to execute my vision.

If you answered "true" to these four questions, you're ready for a destination wedding!

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Next, you'll need to pick somewhere that's meaningful for the two of you. For example, if you realized he was "the one" on that trip to Sonoma two years ago, it makes total sense that you'd want to get married there and share this amazing place with your friends and family.

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Typically, most guests are fine with traveling if:

a.) There's a backstory on why you love the place,
b.) It's insanely gorgeous, and
c.) it's easy to get to.

"But we want to marry in a remote village in northern Thailand," you say. That's cool; just know that the more complicated you make your itinerary, the more people will say no. Or worse: They'll say yes and then resent you when they see their immunizations list and credit-card statement.

—Sarah Z. Wexler

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