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  • Writer's pictureDorothy Snyder

Say "I Do" To A Destination Wedding.

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

What to expect when planning a destination wedding. Throughout this blog I will be sharing photos from our destination wedding.

So, you're engaged. Congratulations! Now the real fun begins... planning the wedding!

Are you feeling conflicted about whether or not a destination wedding is the best choice for you? Planning a big event from afar can seem daunting; however, the advantages may be too good to pass up!

According to the BBC "Nearly 40% of engagements happen in the months between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day"


Consider this—not only does a destination wedding come with the added convenience of having helpful coordinators and wedding planners who can take care of all the details, but it may end up costing you less than a standard big-bash wedding. Not to mention, it's simultaneously an exciting vacation for your nearest and dearest friends and family.

A destination wedding is also the perfect way to kickstart your honeymoon adventure; talk about killing two birds with one stone! So go ahead and find that ideal location—those surmounting doubts are unnecessary. Get ready to say #DestinationWedding here we come!

How do you pick a location?

First things first - WORK WITH A #TRAVELAGENT!!!!!! Agents are paid commission by the resort or agency, so it will not cost you anything to book your #destinationwedding.

The selection of destination wedding locations can be quite a challenge. You will want to evaluate the country of choice for cost considerations, visual aesthetics, and package inclusions - there is no shortage of factors to consider; this is why working with a travel agent is the best option.


Recently, our very own TICO Travel Agent Julie Bassett (Click Here) has explored a different type of wedding venue...having a wedding onboard a cruise ship while the cruise ship is docked at a location. Julie explains, "This can be done at most ports and may be the perfect solution for a couple who would like all the glamour of a cruise ship wedding with the ability to have all the family and friends with you."


Our destination wedding included:

- Symbolic ceremony,

- Flowers ( table flowers, bouquet, maid or honour, best man, mother and Flower petals for isle),

- Hair/makeup,

- Photos,

- Separate room nigh before wedding,

- Pressing of wedding attire,

- Spa credits,

- Room/flight upgrades,

- Mariachi band for wedding reception,

- Drinks and 4 course private meal

- Wedding cake.

- Romantic beach dinner for bride and groom later in the week.

Options ($) :

-Speaker and microphone ( We downloaded a Spotify list called it "group gathering" find it here ). Then it was just plug and play.

- We opted to purchase the larger photo package.

Wedding package $3256.00 (covered food and drink and seating at wedding for 20 people)

Flights for 1 week at all-inclusive 5star resort with upgrade $1800/PP .

Total cost for 2 adults and 2 kids with full wedding and reception was $10 456.00 Wedding clothes for bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids under $4000.00- The wedding dress was the most expensive part)

Grad total $14 456.00

How to pick a travel agent.

Look for an agent that has experience booking wedding packages. Agents will receive feedback from previous wedding parties and know what places look great on the web but could be better in person. Also, as it was in our case, our agent Cynthia was able to find us the "deal of the day" which got us into a 5 star resort with upgrades.

When asked about her most recent booking, TICO Travel Agent Cynthia Johnston explains that booking a year in advance is advisable to secure the best prices, locations and perks. For example, a year ago, in October, she booked a destination wedding for 45 people at the fantastic price of $1509 a person, which is now over $2200. But don't despair; options are always available if you are flexible with locations.

Remember, This is your wedding day, and it's no time to take chances!

Your agent will walk you through the travel requirements and restrictions, and all you will need to know how to get married legally, passport requirements, health restrictions, weather patterns such as hurricane season, and the country's overall safety.

"Beyond booking you and your guests’ accommodations and airfare, a destination wedding travel agent will act as a liaison between you and your resort venue’s onsite wedding team. [They] will also be well-versed in each destination’s marriage requirements, as well as wedding packages, ceremony, and reception venues in each destination, so their resort recommendations will be much more tailored to your wedding needs."


The Legal or Symbolic Ceremony?

Planning a wedding in another country can be an exciting experience, but it also comes with some tricky legal details. Every country has its marriage regulations, and if you're planning to wed outside of your home country, you'll likely have to navigate a variety of legal stipulations and potential language barriers.

Of course, there is the option of a "symbolic ceremony" that doesn't require all the paperwork – something my husband and I opted to do as we planned a legal ceremony when we returned to Canada.

If your heart is set on legal marriage, remember that most countries issue official marriage documents in their language. You may have to pay to have your certificate translated and notarized once you return home, which might not make a lovely addition to your wedding budget.

How to save money.

Looking to save a little extra cash for your destination wedding? Look at getting hitched on an off day. Getting married on a weekday may knock down the price tag on venue fees. Airlines and lodging can also offer cheap rates when it's not peak season. Consider an all-inclusive getaway! Even though the package might seem like a lot of money at first glance, it is worth it in peace of mind and savings.

Forget The Wedding Gifts.

Your guests are spending money to be there with you on your special day, and that is the gift to you! be sure to tell them that cards are ok, but not to take up space in their suitcases.

Planning a destination wedding may sound daunting at first but trust us, it's worth it! Not only will you be able to please everyone (or at least most people) AND take that well-deserved vacation, but you'll also save money in the long run. So if you're on the fence about whether or not to have a destination wedding, jump off and say "I Do" today!


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