When you’re planning a wedding, choosing a venue is one of the highlights. In years gone by, the range of venues on offer was limited, but today, the world is quite literally your oyster. If you’re planning a wedding, and you’re wondering whether to stay at home or travel abroad, here are some pros and cons to bear in mind.
Destination weddings are increasingly popular. According to research, a quarter of British couples now get married abroad, but what’s so appealing about saying ‘I do’ in exotic climes?
As much as we love seasonal changes in the UK, if you’re hoping for sun on your wedding day, going abroad is definitely a safer bet than staying at home. Even in the summer months, there’s no guarantee that you won’t wake up in the morning and see grey skies out of the window. If you’re keen to host an outdoor wedding, and sunlight is a must, destination weddings are a great option.
When you go abroad for a wedding, it’s like going on holiday, and it’s a brilliant excuse to spend quality time with friends and family and make a real occasion of it. With a wedding at home, you tend to turn up for the day, enjoy the wedding, and then head home. If you’re overseas, you can prolong your stay, organise some events in the run-up to the wedding, and have a few days to chill out and relax afterwards.
Organising a destination wedding can be tricky, especially if there’s a language barrier. As a bride or groom, it’s wise to do some research before you make a decision to ascertain what’s involved in planning a destination wedding. If you don’t have much time, you may find it much easier to go for a wedding venue at home. If you do go abroad, bear in mind that you may need to make several trips over the coming months. Although it’s possible to hire a wedding planner and communicate via email and video calls, there are some things that can’t be done over the phone, such as choosing the venue and planning your menu.
Destination weddings may not be any more expensive or you, as the host, but they’re likely to be much pricier for your guests. If you’re desperate to have all your family and friends around you, this may be a factor you need to consider. Some people may not be able to afford to pay for flights and a hotel, as well as an outfit and a gift. If you’re desperate to tie the knot abroad, but there are people who won’t be able to attend, you could have a small wedding and a larger party when you get home.
Are you trying to decide whether to have your wedding at home or abroad? There are pros and cons of both options, and hopefully, this guide will help you to make a decision. Consider the kind of wedding you want, the type of venue, and which choice will make you happiest. Weigh up the options, think about who you want to invite, and have a look around some venues.