We absolutely love destination weddings! Tim and I are traveling to beautiful Punta Cana to celebrate with a wonderful couple and couldn’t be more excited. In honor of us kicking off our many weeks in a row of traveling for destination weddings (we’ll be in Dominican Republic, Napa Valley CA, Ohio, Boulder, Colorado, Mystic Seaport CT, and ICELAND over the next couple months!), we thought it would be fun to share some reasons to consider a destination celebration based on our experiences! 1. Intimacy
Big weddings are awesome, don’t get me wrong. We had a 230 person wedding and loved it. But there’s something to be said for a group of 20-40 of your closest loved ones traveling somewhere gorgeous with you to soak in all the love for multiple days in a row. You spend quality time with each person, you build memories + feel a glow of celebration surrounding your love on a more intimate level. We love how we end up feeling like a part of the gang by the end of a destination wedding – there’s a bond that forms between your family, his family, all your friends – it’s one small group celebrating together.
2. Gorgeous location
Ok, there are beautiful locations in PA and NY too! But really, think of the beautiful scenery and breathtaking setting you could have for your wedding – the sky is the limit when choosing a place around the world. For couples who love + really cherish photography, choosing a destination wedding can mean having such different, unique and special photos that we wouldn’t have been able to capture in the US.
Surprisingly, destination weddings can be even more cost effective than you might think. Since the group is so much smaller, you’re not paying $100 a head for 150-200 people — that frees up the budget quite a bit! Many places offer a “free” wedding with your stay with them, depending on the resort (this is more common in the Caribbean or Mexico). Since the guest count is so much smaller, you might be able to splurge on other things with more freedom. In addition, most couples honeymoon after the wedding at the same location — so two birds with one stone, and only one flight cost!
4. The chance to do a once-in-a-lifetime commitment in the location of your dreams without the pressure of making it perfect.
If the guest count is less important and you couldn’t care less about the flowers, why not bring an intimate group of loved ones (and a photographer, of course! 😉 ) somewhere truly epic? We all know how easy it is to get overwhelmed with the “details” of a pretty wedding – hello, Pinterest! As much as I love gorgeous florals + decor, nothing can beat an amazing view and a couple madly in love. Having your celebration somewhere overseas makes it easier to release some of the pressure off yourself, because all you need is that location to be everything you could want. And I had to include two photos below of Santorini, because it’s one of our dream locations to shoot a wedding 🙂 If you know someone who is planning a destination wedding, or you’re considering it yourself, we would LOVE to chat with you! Reach out via our website www.laurenfairphotography.com or shoot us an email at email@example.com, as our 2015 is filling up quickly 🙂