Destination Weddings

Every little girl dreams of a fairytale wedding. Before her time comes, she may have been a flower girl, a bridesmaid, and a wedding guest many times over. How about you? Have you participated in one too many Electric Slides, Macarenas and YMCAs?

And now it’s your turn, your once-in-a lifetime-moment. Are you looking for something different, unique, and memorable? How about if we add a beautiful white sandy beach, warm breeze and blue Caribbean waters? Now that would be a fairytale dream come true.

But who can afford a destination wedding? Well you would be surprised to learn that a destination wedding can price out anywhere from 50% to 70% less than a traditional stateside wedding.

Most brides who choose a destination wedding will tell you they were relaxed on their special day because the work was done for them.  Although there are a few little details for the bridal couple to take care of, their destination wedding travel expert handles everything else.

The moment you step off the plane, you’re on vacation time, with the Caribbean Sea as your backdrop. And your guests are on vacation, too. Not to mention your wedding album will look like it came straight out of a magazine. Plus the honeymoon begins shortly after you say “I do.”

When choosing a destination wedding, most couples opt for all-inclusive. It’s the best value since meals, drinks, entertainment and activities are included.

It’s best to work with a professional travel expert to help you plan and book your wedding. Choose an expert who is experienced with destination weddings and who will handle the following at no cost to you:

  • Consultations
  • Provide resort options with best wedding venues, wedding planners and amenities
  • Coordinate with the wedding planner to secure date, time and venue
  • Provide all available wedding packages and options at different price points
  • Create a contract with the resort or tour operator to secure the best rate with amenities for you and your guests
  • Create quotes and handle travel arrangements for your guests
  • Be your advocate before, during and after your wedding and honeymoon

Your travel professional should share options where you can actually visit the resort for a meet and greet with the resort wedding team and photographer, attend a cake tasting, see wedding décor, preview the resort and wedding location and more, all for a small cost, if applicable.

If you’re thinking about having a destination wedding, connect with an experienced destination wedding travel expert who can share the pros and cons, determine if it’s right for you and help you create your once-in-a-lifetime fairytale wedding.

Cyndi Hansen is the owner of Red Travel  330.591.5137​