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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

Destination Wedding Planning Questions: Answers to The Top 7


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Imagine exchanging vows beneath swaying palm trees, with the sound of waves as your soundtrack and the sun setting on the horizon. Destination weddings offer couples the chance to escape the ordinary and create a magical celebration in a stunning setting.


But with great adventure comes great planning, and that’s where this blog post comes in. Join me in this quick read as we navigate the ins and outs of destination wedding planning questions by answering some of the most popular questions from couples like you!


Destination Wedding Planning Questions:


Who do you invite to a destination wedding?


Couple creating a guest list for their destination wedding.

One of the first questions that may come to mind is who to invite to your destination wedding. Typically, you’ll want to invite close family members, friends, and loved ones who you envision sharing this special day with.


It’s essential to strike a balance between those you hold dear and the practicalities of travel. However, remember that not everyone you invite will be able to attend due to travel constraints or other commitments.


On average, about 60-75% of the people you invite will attend, so plan accordingly when creating your guest list.


Who pays for destination wedding guests?


Couple making a credit card payment for their destination wedding expenses.

Traditionally, guests are responsible for covering their travel expenses to attend a destination wedding, including transportation and accommodation costs.


However, some couples may choose to subsidize or cover certain expenses for their guests as a gesture of appreciation for making the journey.


When should destination wedding invitations be sent?


A flat lay of a save-the-date invitation, high heels, and wedding accessories for a destination wedding.

Timing is crucial when it comes to sending out invitations for a destination wedding. It’s best to send a save-the-date invitation as soon as possible, ideally at least nine months in advance. The save-the-date should include details on how to RSVP.


Additionally, consider sending traditional invites as confirmations of attendance closer to the wedding date. These invites could also include the weekend wedding itinerary and other essential details to help guests prepare for travel.


Where is the best place to have an international destination wedding?


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Choosing the perfect location for your destination wedding largely depends on your preferences, budget, and desired ambiance.


Whether you’re envisioning a beachfront ceremony in the Caribbean, a romantic escape to Europe, or an exotic adventure in Asia, there are endless possibilities to explore.


Research popular destination wedding locations, consider factors like weather, accessibility, and local amenities, and select a destination that resonates with your vision for the big day.


Is a destination wedding cheaper?


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While destination weddings can offer unique experiences and breathtaking backdrops, they may not always be more affordable than a traditional wedding.


However, you have to remember that this isn’t just your wedding day; destination weddings are really a “wedcation” with your closest family and friends—a value you’ll typically never get with a traditional wedding.


What is the average cost of a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean?


Beautiful setup for a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean.

If you’re looking to tie the knot abroad without breaking the bank, Mexico and the Caribbean are popular choices known for their stunning landscapes, warm hospitality, and affordability.


The average cost of a destination wedding in places like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Jamaica can vary depending on factors like venue, guest count, and wedding package inclusions.


Is an international destination wedding recognized as legal in the U.S.?


Close-up of a couple signing their marriage license at a destination wedding.

The legalities of a destination wedding vary depending on the destination and your country of residence. Some couples opt for symbolic ceremonies abroad, followed by a legal marriage at home to simplify the process.


However, many destinations offer straightforward procedures for legal weddings, making it possible to officially tie the knot internationally. To learn more about the legal aspects of destination weddings, check out my post here!


As you embark on the journey of planning your destination wedding, remember that the key to a successful celebration lies in thoughtful preparation and open communication.


Whether you exchange vows on a tropical beach, amidst the vineyards of Tuscany, or in a charming European village, cherish every moment of this special time. With the right mindset and a spirit of adventure, your destination wedding will surely be an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.


I hope these answers to your destination wedding planning questions were helpful. If you want just to hit the “easy button” and get your destination wedding planned already, I encourage you to use this link to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me today!

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