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Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

When beginning to plan your dream wedding, your budget, guest list and your vision will play a part in whether you pick a wedding in your hometown or a destination wedding. You can’t go wrong with either choice! We just got invited to our first destination wedding. It’s being held at a resort in the Bahamas. And in the past couple weeks, I’ve spoken with other folks having destination weddings, one in South Africa and one in St. John.

There are several pluses to having a destination wedding. Most of the “details” are handled by the resort and you have very few things that you have to worry about. You certainly won’t be running around buying things for DIY crafts because you won’t want to haul those to an island paradise for your wedding. Also, by having a destination wedding, you’re likely already in your honeymoon destination as well and won’t have to travel post-wedding day.

Your guests (if you have any) can use this as a mini-vacation for them and extend it into a long weekend if time allows. Destination weddings tend to be smaller due to the travel, the expense, and also space at the resort. Some couples will elect to only have their parents or close friends join them while others will invite all of their friends and family. Someone I recently spoke with informed me that this is a second wedding for her, so it will just be her and her groom standing on that white sand beach. Neither of them wanted a big wedding, but they did like the idea of a tropical island for where they would say “I do.”

Some other popular locales for destination weddings are: Jamaica, Mexico (think Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Cancun), and the Dominican Republic. These are all relatively easy to travel to from any major airport. Check to make sure what (if any) extra documents you may need to make your marriage legal, and remind your guests of documents they need (passports) for their travel. Also, keep in mind travel for the elderly can be tough, and discuss whether or not you want children to attend. If you choose an adult-only resort, the decision may be made for you.

While the wedding may be a nice vacation for your guests, it’s still your wedding day. Make sure you’re getting what you want when you’re booking your deal with any resort. You’ll still want the best pictures possible, gorgeous flowers, delicious food and of course, a rain plan. Resorts are all too familiar with planning weddings, so it can be a very easy and stress-free experience if you do decide to getaway for your wedding day!

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