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Home is where the heart is, but that doesn't mean you have to get hitched there! As destination weddings continue to grow in popularity, more and more brides and grooms are considering it as an option, and why not? You get to take a vacation and so do all your guests. And it turns out, those aren't the only perks. If you're currently on the fence, these surprising advantages of a destination wedding just might sway you to pack your bags.
Grooms get more involved
Um, we'll take it! As Tina Hoang-To, founder of Wedding Spot, points out, typically grooms aren't 100% involved in the planning process. "But something about a destination wedding makes them more likely to want to help out, be it through organizing outings for the wedding party or finding a cool place for the day after brunch."
Fewer friends will bug you for a plus one
Why? Well, because the cost of attending your destination wedding makes it weird for them to drag along somebody they just started dating, explains wedding planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques. "This helps shrink the size of that ever-growing guest list and assures you that the people who will actually be with you to witness the exchange of your vows are the people you love the most."
You get quality time with guests
Trying to hang out with everyone at a four-hour reception can be really tough. At a destination wedding, however, most guests arrive on location at least a day in advance, notes Chancey Charm Columbus wedding planner Katie Werkin. "When everyone is in the same place, setting up a casual after rehearsal dinner meet-up will allow the bride and groom to catch up with all of their loved ones. Then the reception can be focused on eating amazing food and dancing the night away!"
Everyone is down to party
Remember: it's a vacation for your friends and family too! "Those that make the trip are generally in the mood to party," says Nicole Matthews, founder of The Henley Company. This is great news for many couples that are hoping to keep the energy high and have an after party planned.
It's actually less stressful
There's just something about being away from home that makes all the wedding stress melt away. Destination weddings add an element of fun and excitement for the bride, groom, and their guests, tells Marc Wilson of Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. "The engaged couple is less compelled to micromanage and more inclined to let their wedding designer, planner and vendors take care of what they've been hired to do."
Guests are completely present and in the moment
Because your friends and family have taken a break from their typical day-to-day activities and are in total vacation mode, that means they're also entirely tuned into your wedding and ready to have fun, says Phoenix, Arizona-based wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events.
You'll likely spend less on design and décor
"We've noticed that destination weddings sometimes require less design, as the backdrop itself becomes a part of the décor, which could result in a more affordable wedding overall," informs Wilson. In fact, the location creates one of the most important, memorable and interesting elements of your celebration, according to celebrity event designer Brett Galley of Hollywood POP. "You won't need much more in décor, just some basics and you're ready to walk down the aisle."
Not everyone will show
And this may be to your advantage! It's often hard to limit the guest list when you're afraid to hurt people's feelings, says Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "Not only does a destination wedding allow you to narrow down that list, it also means that some invited guests will opt out. If you're on a strict budget, this might be exactly what you hoped for."