Destination Weddings – A Passport To Wedded Bliss
Destination weddings are rapidly gaining popularity and you can see why, with an infinite array of exotic options at your fingertips and the opportunity to host your nearest and dearest not just for the day itself but for the weekend – perhaps even a week – in a truly spectacular location.
Whether you’re heading east or west, the key to choosing the perfect location is to think ‘outside the box’. When it comes to venues, couples are beginning to move away from the ‘tried and tested’ in favor of seeking out some more unusual and exclusive private residences in some of the world’s most sought after destinations. From a French chateau or a villa in Tuscany, to the buzzing rooftops of Marrakech or further afield in some of the idyllic beach settings of Southern India, South East Asia or The Caribbean, previously locked doors can now be opened. The key is in knowing who to ask.
The guest experience is also becoming increasingly important and, as such, a noticeable trend for this year and next. This isn’t of course just a question of the day itself but the wider celebrations. More and more couples are planning pre-wedding dinners or post-wedding brunches to extend the celebrations across the weekend.
Likewise, vernissage weekends are another pre-wedding experience that is on the rise – this is when friends and family get together in advance of the nuptials, offering the chance for some bonding, not to mention the finessing of the final details.
Inevitably, a far-flung destination wedding may well preclude potential guests from being able to share in the celebration due to logistical and financial considerations. But before you settle for a slideshow for those unable to make it abroad – or even make radical changes to your plans and stay at home – remember it is possible to have your (wedding) cake and eat it!
Increasingly, couples are choosing to have more intimate ceremonies abroad, followed by a wider celebration back home that can happily accommodate extended family and friends.
Naturally there are a few things to bear in mind when planning a ‘dual centre’ wedding of this nature – such as minimising the likelihood of anyone’s nose being put out of joint by not being invited to one or other of the events. But, on the whole, this is one of the best ways to extend the nuptials for a little longer, with nobody left out and twice the fun to be had…
Of course, you should ensure that all two, three or even four(!) celebrations are treated as wholly separate events, with a different theme, look and feel to each. Some brides may want to crack out their wedding dress for an encore – by all means do, but have a second outfit waiting in the wings in case of accidents with wine, salt water and over-enthusiastic dancing! Another factor to consider is how to officially ‘mark’ the UK event; couples may choose to have a second blessing on home turf, while others prefer just a big old bash! Again, there is no right or wrong as long as guests feel involved in the celebrations and the event is memorable and not simple a repeat of what came before.
So if you’re planning a wedding and want to go all out, a far-flung adventure with friends and family to tie the knot overseas clinches it every time. Just don’t forget your passport!
Images courtesy of Catherine Mead Photography