Destination Weddings

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Planning on tying the knot in 2022?
You may want to forego the big 300
plate reception at the local hotel event
center and choose a micro-wedding,
mini-monie, or elopement at an island resort.

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By Kristy McNelly

Getting married and having a large wedding can be an overwhelming event to plan, even with a wedding planner. Like building a house, there are so many decisions that have to be made, and you most likely will have to stay within a tight budget.


There is another option these days that is becoming more popular with couples and that is to choose a destination wedding. For many families, this can also be a fun way for your relatives to have a reunion and vacation at the same time!

Where do you start? First thing to do on the list is to pick the date for the wedding. Make sure you have a minimum of 5 months to prepare. www.theknot.com and www.weddingwire.com will provide you with more than enough resources to help you plan the big day.

Choose your destination. Do you want to have a wedding in the snowy mountains of Colorado, or the warm sandy beaches of Florida or Mexico? Consider what amenities the town will have for your guests. Are there things to do for the children that might be attending? How will people get around? Do they need to rent scooters, bikes or golf carts? A good way to communicate with your guests is to start a group facebook page and invite the guests to that a month out. That way you can help each other plan excursions at the destination together. A sunset cruise perhaps?

Planning on your home turf is worrisome enough, but take into account that the event will take place in another state or country, and you can feel of the anxiety about the big day increasing. This is why hiring a company that coordinates the details for you is so helpful. Even with a wedding package, you will still have extra costs for your wedding. Write down your actual costs and estimates for each item: flowers, invitations, cake, rings, hotel, limo, food, dress, drinks, music, photography…. you get the idea. Then inside the folder, every time you make a purchase, add your receipt. You will be surprised how quickly the costs begin to add up! Ok, now you might be thinking, “Let’s just go to the courthouse and elope!” Relax, it’s worth it.

A destination wedding can be cheaper, but you may be surprised that when adding up the additional costs of airfare and hotels, it can be even more expensive with multiple guests. The memories, however will be unforgettable.

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Destination Wedding Stats:
The overall average cost of a wedding in 2020 was $19,000
The average cost of a destination wedding in 2020 was $7,445
Airfare: $1,000
Accommodations: $2,945
Wedding Package: $3,500
Average number of guests: 26
Average planning timeline: 415 days
Percentage of destination wedding that have children in attendance:
50% (down from 60% in 2019)

Guests spend an average of $1,750 on destination wedding accommodations and stay about 4 nights
Top destinations to get married in 2022:
Riviera Maya (Mexico), Punta Cana
(Dominican Republic), Cancun (Mexico), Montego Bay (Jamaica), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Negril (Jamaica), Aruba, Ocho Rios (Jamaica),
St Lucia, Royalton Riviera Cancun
Resort & Spa, Finest Playa Mujeres, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa,
El Dorado Royale, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, and Key West, Florida.

Where to go for Information:
www.theknot.com
Personalized wedding websites and an organizational tool.
www.weddingwire.com
Search over 250,000 local professionals with reviews, pricing, availability, and more.
weddingstogokeywest.com
Florida Keys most sought after all inclusive wedding company.
moderndestinationweddings.com
All-Inclusive Wedding Resorts in Beautiful Destinations.
elopeinaustin.com
Services include everything from drive-up weddings to simple elopements, micro weddings, and pop-up experiences.
everlastingelopements.com
Affordable Wedding Packages in Texas

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Kristy and Chuck McNelly had their wedding on December 11, 2021 in
Key West, Florida with 40 guests, including close family and friends.
They chose weddingstogokeywest.com and selected the Cuban Speakeasy
package, which included everything they needed for their big day.

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