Where to have your wedding
We’re about to have what the wedding industry calls a Destination Wedding in the family. Except in a way it isn’t quite. Younger daughter is getting married in the Cayman’s. As destination weddings go, this one is almost on a par with a Bali or Thai beach wedding on Phuket.
Except younger daughter is now living in the Cayman’s so it isn’t quite a destination wedding for her and dearly beloved. But it certainly is for their myriad friends and family based all over the world. In fact most everywhere else besides the Cayman’s.
Of course, the better half is from the Cayman’s. Or at least he spent a considerable part of his life there and has permanent residency. And his mom and step-dad live there. So there is some family on board already. Then there is the advantage that a considerable number of his relatives live in Chile which is a small hop across the Northern parts of South America.
But for the Europeans it will be quite a costly hike.
Some Advantages of Destination Weddings
Not only are destination weddings often chosen for their romantic settings, such as a beautiful Thailand beach, but they may also serve a dual function of being your honeymoon venue too.
Of course in our family’s instance the bridal couple and part of the wedding entourage are already ensconced on the island and there is definitely no need for them to travel long distances to attend the festivities.
But for a considerable number of family and friends there will be long distance travel, expensive hotel accommodation and costly daily food and drinks bills. The Cayman Islands are not cheap.
As weddings go then the island is a romantic get away venue which can be quite costly to guests who would like to share the joy of a union.
Of course a further advantage is that your guests who do make the effort and are willing to carry the cost of taking part in the wedding even when far away will be very close friends and the kind you would want at your celebration.
Some Disadvantages to Destination Weddings
There are certainly more disadvantages to destination weddings, especially if outside the country of your guests, than just the cost involved. There are other considerations such as visa issues, duration of travel, legal processes involved and more.
You might have disabled family members who would really love to attend. But your venue might not be accessible, the flights or ferry rides a problem for wheelchair users or dietary requirements might not be available.
Weigh up all pros and cons of destination weddings
In the case of our family, there is really no choice. Younger daughter will tie the knot and celebrate her special day with her man on Cayman. But for others who might have the choice it’s definitely something that has to be considered carefully.
What might sound wonderfully romantic might end up being a total nightmare. A wonderful beach wedding could get wiped out by choosing an unknown windy season. Your friends and family might not be able to afford the time away or the costs involved and you could finish with a very lonely event. And even your own costs could escalate to more than you can afford. So think very carefully when considering a Destination Wedding.
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