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Destination Weddings Part I: What You Should Know

Updated on December 22, 2014
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


Are you getting married for the first time? Is this your second or third time to the altar? Are you celebrating a milestone Anniversary? Regardless of the special event you're planning the fact is that many couples today are opting to forgo the traditional wedding or anniversary celebrations. In fact, there seems to be a trend towards couples choosing to say their vows, or renew them, in a foreign location as opposed to having their nuptials locally. The romantic images of an intimate setting in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) is certainly something most would have a difficult time passing up. Perhaps, you have always envisioned a beautiful ceremony in the San Gimignano area in Italy where the setting would be in the courtyard of a medieval castle. Maybe it is a botanical garden in Spain's Costa del Sol that has weaved its visual beauty in your dreams. The possibilities are most certainly endless and tantalizing.


In my new series on Destination Weddings we will travel the world in search of the perfect wedding and vow renewal spots. With each location comes unique considerations that couples will have to bear in mind so we will find out what they are to better prepare you for your adventure of a lifetime.

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Wedding In Front Of Cathedral, Italy | Source
Wedding At The Foot Of The Eiffel Tower
Wedding At The Foot Of The Eiffel Tower | Source

Food For Thought


Before deciding on a location, there are a few things you may want to ponder. Here is some food for thought:


-Just like any traditional wedding, it is paramount to decide on a budget and stick with. We will discuss why it is especially important with Destination Weddings later on.


-In my previous articles I have always offered tips and ideas on how to plan the perfect wedding without having to hire a Certified Wedding and Event Planner. However, when planning a special event outside of your country, I strongly recommend hiring a Professional Planner with experience in your destination selection. Ideally hiring an expert that resides in the locale will be better equipped to handle your needs. On the upside, if you are getting married at a resort or hotel, there are consultants employed there to assist you and the fee is generally included in whatever wedding package you choose.


- If you are planning on inviting family members and friends, you will have to send out Save-The-Date cards well in advance. Your guests will need enough time to make arrangements such as, passport renewals; arranging sitters for children; arranging time off work; buying appropriate outfits to pack; depending on the location they may need inoculations; finally, they may have to save money for the trip.


-If you have family members and friends that decide to attend, you need to be mindful that in most cases they are footing a very expensive bill to get there, (unless you are fabulously wealthy and are paying for everything, of course), so there are a few things that you can provide that I am sure will be appreciated. There are two very important things you need to do some research on which must be passed on to your guests and that is transportation and accommodations. It is highly unlikely but if all or some of your guests fly in at the same time, hiring transportation to get them from the airport to the hotel or resort would be very well appreciated. If they are all arriving at different times then you should provide them with a list of the means of transportation that are available at the airport, i.e. car rentals, cabs, buses, etc. With regards to accommodations, most resorts especially in the Caribbean or Mexico, have all-inclusive packages, however, if your destination is not being held in this type of environment, you will have to provide your guests with a list of accommodations and the various prices.


-Your guests will be coming a long way and making many arrangements in order to share this special event with you. It would be a wonderful idea to show your gratitude to each and every one of your guests for attending by throwing a pre-wedding thank you and welcome dinner.


-Be very selective of the date that you choose. As we all may or may not know, just because it is summertime in your hometown does not mean that destination choice is experiencing the same season. For example, summer in North America is winter in Southern Australia which means that from approximately May to September it is hot, humid and rainy. However, in Northern Australia it is best to plan between June and September. As you can see, there are variances even in the same country. So, when planning take into consideration issues such as opposite seasons or hurricane or typhoon seasons.


-Just because you have always dreamed about getting married or renewing your vows at a certain destination, it is prudent to take a trip before the wedding and scout out locations. What you read in books and magazines or see on the Internet is not the same as visualizing it in person for yourself. Avoid disappointment or potential regret by doing some legwork first.


-It is a good idea to learn a bit of the native language before arriving as you will, in most cases, have to spend some time there. Simple courtesy phrases such as "thank you", "please", "good morning" or "good evening" will go a long way, trust me on this one.


-As with any wedding, vendors must be booked and deposits must be made. As I mentioned in previous articles, it is important to do your research and find reputable vendors. It is even more important to do your homework when planning a Destination Wedding. Also, I strongly recommend that you get references from caterers, florists, etc. and DO NOT book anyone that does not supply you with a list. Finally, when you arrive to your destination make sure that you meet all of your vendors in person. However, your Wedding and Event Planner or resort Consultant should be able to steer you in the right direction.


-Remember that you are in a different country and therefore getting married has very different legal ramifications. We will get into that later but be forewarned that many destinations require that you reside in their country for a period of time before you can get married. As an example, in France, there is a mandatory 40 day stay before you can get married there. Generally, most locations are much less than that but you will need to know. Also, make sure that you have all the proper documentation that the country requires i.e. marriage license applications, blood tests, etc.


-Select wedding attire that is reflective of the location you have booked. For example, you would not buy a heavy, detailed, overly expensive gown if you are getting married on the beach. Keep this in mind as well for the groom and attendant's attire.


Choosing to get married in far off locations to celebrate your special event has many advantages but there can be just as many disadvantages as well. We are going to take a look at some of the pros and cons so that you will be better informed prior to making any plans.

Save The Date Cards For Destination Wedding
Save The Date Cards For Destination Wedding | Source
"Thank You" goes a long way in any language!
"Thank You" goes a long way in any language! | Source

Advantages

-First and foremost a destination wedding can be far more cost effective than than planning a wedding at home. The cost of an average wedding today is about $28,000 plus. Depending on what you decide, an all-inclusive resort is the way to go because your airfare, accommodations and food are included. Also, you can have your wedding celebration plus your honeymoon at a fraction of the cost of a traditional affair. Remember that many all-inclusive resorts offer free wedding ceremonies as well as complimentary upgrades such as spa visits for the bride and groom.


-This is an opportunity to make your dreams come true by selecting the perfect destination. Perhaps you have always envisioned a wedding ceremony in the Zermatt Mountains in Switzerland. It would certainly be a breathtaking affair indeed. On the other hand, you may want to revel in the views of Switzerland's countryside, lakes or stunning Alps as a backdrop for your nuptials. The possibilities are endless.


-A destination wedding will not involve the amount of work associated in planning a traditional affair. In most cases you will have a qualified coordinator handling all of the important details for you. For some, not having to deal with the stress of planning a large, traditional wedding is worth it.


-You can get deals by booking group wedding destination packages where you and your guests can enjoy great savings and incentives such as discounted room rates.


-In most cases, guests that attend a destination wedding or vow renewal are the people closest to you. What a wonderful opportunity to spend an enjoyable and relaxing few days with each other.


-Destination weddings allow couples to be as casual or formal as they want to be. From barefoot nuptials on a beach in Hawaii or an elegant ceremony at Aldourie Castle in Lochness, Scotland, this is the time to make it your own.


-Destination weddings offer incredible and unique backdrops for your wedding photos. Imagine the spectacular scenery offered by a safari wedding in South Africa. Imagine exchanging your vows in a bush clearing with beautiful animals in the background.


-There is no need to pack for your honeymoon because you will already be on it as soon as you say "I Do". That is the beauty of a destination wedding because you get the best of both worlds in one shot.


-There is no need to toil with guest lists and venue seating plan logistics. Also destination weddings allow you to invite guests that you really want to participate in your special day.

Wedding In The Alps-Stunning Photo Backdrop
Wedding In The Alps-Stunning Photo Backdrop | Source
Bali Elephant Safari Wedding
Bali Elephant Safari Wedding | Source

Disadvantages

-As amazing as the concept is of having a destination wedding in Bora Bora with your closest family members and friends, the reality is that many individuals cannot come for a variety of reasons. There are sometimes financial constraints; physical inability to attend, i.e. elderly; can't leave small children; time off work is not possible; fear of flying, etc.


-Be prepared for disapproval from some family members and friends. Some may think you are self-indulgent for wanting to get married in another country.Many people in your life especially certain traditional family members will prefer the nuptials take place at home as per status quo. To eliminate any potential animosity, if it is within your budget, you can host a post wedding dinner celebration for family and friends when you arrive home from your destination wedding.


-When planning your destination wedding, it will be necessary for you to give up all of your wedding planning to a professional wedding and event coordinator. For some, not being in control can be stressful and frightening because when planning a traditional wedding you get to meet all of your vendors but this may not be the case if you are getting married outside of your country. You are pretty much leaving your arrangements in the capable hands of a stranger.


-There are several legal issues to consider when you get married in a foreign country. For example, as I mentioned previously, many countries require you to stay there for a while before they will grant you a wedding license. For some couples this may be an issue owing to obligations at home. Also, you will need to find out what legal documents are required, i.e. notarized documentation, birth certificates, passports, blood tests, etc.


-Although this may sound like a contradiction of what I mentioned before as an advantage, destination weddings, depending on where you go, may be expensive. The reason being is the exchange. For example, if you have to convert funds to Pounds or Euros from American or Canadian dollars it may end up costing you an arm and a leg. Take this into consideration before you embark on your dream nuptial adventure.


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Statistics From XO Group Inc.

"XO Group Inc., a global media and technology leader and creator of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, released the results of its 2nd The Knot Market Intelligence Destination Weddings Study in 2012, (http://www.xogroupinc.com/press-releases-home/2012-press-releases/2012-06-18-destination-weddings-study-results.aspx). It revealed that destination weddings are on the rise. The study tracks 350,000 destination weddings annually by capturing detailed information on the destination wedding trends, locations and events of nearly 3,000 US couples who had a destination wedding in 2011 or 2012." (XO Group Inc., 2012)

Top 10 Statistics

Here are their top 10 statistics:


1. 350,000 destination weddings take place annually, representing 24% of all weddings


2. The average destination bride is 30 years old


3. Destination weddings have an average of 86 guests


4. 70% of destination weddings take place in the continental US


5. Florida, California and Nevada are the top three destination wedding locations in the continental US


6. 30% of destination weddings take place outside the continental US


7. The Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii are the most popular wedding locations outside the continental US


8. 51% of destination wedding couples use a wedding planner


9. 69% of destination weddings are held outdoors


10. 86% of couples still plan to take a honeymoon after their destination wedding.


Wedding At The Riviera Maya, Mexico
Wedding At The Riviera Maya, Mexico | Source

Key Trends

Here are their Key Trends


(Destination weddings are growing in popularity.)


-In 2011, nearly 1 in 4 (24%) couples had a destination wedding; this has grown from 20% in 2009.


-66% of international destination wedding brides and 45% of domestic destination wedding brides opted for a destination wedding because they wanted a special, fun or exotic locale.


-The second most popular reason why international brides chose a destination wedding was to host a more intimate affair with fewer guests (65%), while domestic brides wanted a destination that was special to them as a couple (44%).


-Domestic destination weddings are more popular than international destination wedding locations.


-In 2011, 70% of couples chose a continental US destination for their wedding, up from the 60% who opted for Stateside nuptials in 2009.Conversely, 30% of couples married in an international destination, down from 40% who traveled internationally in 2009.


-The top five domestic destination wedding locations include: Florida (18%), California (13%), Nevada (9%), North Carolina (5%) and South Carolina (4%).


-The top five international destination wedding destinations include: Caribbean (39%), Mexico (24%), Hawaii (20%), Central/South America (7%) and Europe (6%).

Wedding In Hawaii
Wedding In Hawaii | Source

Guests

(The number of destination wedding guests is on the rise.)


-In 2011, destination wedding couples hosted more guests, with an average of 86 guests per wedding. In 2009, there was an average of just 77 guests per destination wedding.


-Domestic destination weddings are larger, hosting an average of 96 guests (compared with an average of 62 guests for the international group).Most destination weddings last three or more days.


-Destination wedding events are longer than the average wedding, with most (60%) lasting three or more days.


-International destination weddings are even more likely to span several days…and they’re getting longer. Nearly 7 in 10 international weddings last three or more days, and nearly half (47%) last four or more days, compared with just 38% in 2009.

Guests At Outdoor Mansion Wedding
Guests At Outdoor Mansion Wedding | Source

More Being Spent On Guests

Destination wedding couples keep guests in mind.


-Destination wedding couples are spending more on a per guest basis than their more traditional wedding counterparts. The median destination wedding spend is $404 per guest internationally, and $225 per guest domestically, compared with the national wedding average of just $137 per guest.


-The average total destination wedding spend is $20,890 (not including honeymoon, engagement ring or travel expenses).


-Aside from the traditional rehearsal dinner, after-party and next-day breakfast, 1 in 3 (32%) destination wedding couples plan a group activity like a sightseeing tour for their guests.


-Of the couples who plan a group activity, more than half (53%) cover the cost for at least some of their guests.


-For those couples who contribute to the cost, they spend an average of $2,598 internationally and $2,280 domestically planning these group events.


-Couples are also considering their guests’ expenses, with 2 in 5 (39%) paying for travel/accommodations for at least some of their guests.


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The Party Continues

(The party continues even after the wedding.)


-More than 4 in 5 international destination wedding couples and guests stay at the wedding destination beyond the wedding date, while more than half of their domestic counterparts do the same.


-Nearly 9 in 10 couples still plan to take a honeymoon after the wedding, with 7 in 10 of them honeymooning in their wedding locale – either for part of the honeymoon or the whole trip.


-In addition, nearly 3 in 10 will have another party when they get home.


The Party Continues At A Destination Wedding
The Party Continues At A Destination Wedding | Source

Finally........

As you can see, destination weddings and vowel renewals are most definitely gaining in popularity. With some advance planning and by following some worthwhile tips and suggestions, your dream destination wedding will become a reality. I hope you have enjoyed this segment on destination weddings. Over the next while we will continue the series by looking at some popular wedding spots as well as some that are off the beaten track. Hopefully I can help you make that all important decision as to where you and your sweetheart will tie the knot and begin your lives together.


References

XO Group Inc., (June 18, 2012). 2012 Destination Weddings Study retrieved June 30 2013, http://www.xogroupinc.com/press-releases-home/2012-press-releases/2012-06-18-destination-weddings-study-results.aspx

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      rose-the planner 2 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      pstraubie48 that is so very kind of you, thank you very much! I hope this will be helpful to your great niece. We had a lovely Christmas, I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas as well! I am wishing you and your loved ones a happy and Blessed New Year. Take care. -Rose

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is such a thorough article on destination weddings. My great niece is just beginning wedding plans for a year from now. I am passing this on to her. I know she will find it very helpful.

      Hope all is good with you and yours and that you had a lovely Christmas.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning, Rose. ps

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by Rossimobis. I appreciate your kinds words! I am so happy to hear that you are planning a Vow Renewal, congratulations. I hope this was helpful. Take care and have a wonderful evening.

      -Rose

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 4 years ago from Biafra

      I enjoyed every bit Rose,we are planning to renew our oath and this segment gave me great insight...

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind words and support as always Rajan! Yes, destination weddings are definitely a dream for many but you are right, money can sometimes be a factor to consider depending on where in the world you wish to celebrate. Take care. -Rose

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very comprehensive and useful info on destination weddings, Rose. A destination wedding is a dream which I believe many would want to have if money is not the constraining factor.

      Thanks for giving a peep into what all it takes to have a go at it.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by careermommy and for your kind words. Wow! That is so unfortunate about your plans falling through with your wedding in Jamaica but thank goodness that everyone made it to the wedding in California. Weather is a huge factor when selecting a location and the time of year has to be selected carefully. Hurricane season in areas surrounded by the Atlantic ocean essentially runs from June until the end of November with the greatest amount of activity from July to September. Unfortunately, weather is unpredictable and it really can be a crapshoot even if you choose the perfect time of year. Take care! -Rose

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is a great, very detailed hub that will help a lot of married-to-be's! 10 Years ago, I had a destination wedding planned in Jamaica for about 50 guests. A week before the weeding, Hurricane Ivan struck our resort! We ended up having to plan a new week in California in 3 days. Thankfully, my family pulled through and did most of the work.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      It is always so nice when you stop by Au fait. I really appreciate your kind words and support! Destination weddings can be a beautiful experience but there are definitely many things to consider before getting marred in a foreign country. Take care! -Rose

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Very thorough and comprehensive with all the considerations a couple should have. Agree that one doesn't want any unpleasant surprises and planning and researching would be so important for a wedding away from one's familiar surroundings.

      Voted up and useful, also interesting. Will share with my followers and pin on my 'Weddings" board.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much DDE for stopping by and for your kind words, I really appreciate it! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Outdoor weddings are fantastic most informative of Destination Weddings Part I: What You Should Know I am married your ideas and suggestions are great

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by Vinaya, I really appreciate it! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Rose

      I am not married, and I have no plants for getting married in few years from now. However, I take interest in reading articles about wedding.

      If I'm going to get married, I hope to keep it private.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Kathryn, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words, you're such a sweetheart! Statistically there is an increase in Destination Weddings but at the end of the day, I think most people are still sticking to the traditional affairs. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, destination weddings sound like a fascinating idea, and you shared a lot of information about planning for one. Great job!

      I think I would go with a traditional wedding, so my friends and family could all attend, but I completely see the appeal!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Colin, you are so funny, I am still laughing about Mayor Ford! Thank you so much for your awesome support, you are genuinely amazing! I hope all is well! I will have to check out Margaret Mary O'Hara's music I don't know whether I have ever listened to her or not. The course is going well, thank you. I will be finished with it at the end of the month. I hope today turns out okay, yesterday was hot, perfect for a day in the lake. Well, I hope you have an awesome day! Big hugs and kisses to you , Tiffy and Gabe. -Rose

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You are too funny, lol! I guess most men would prefer being married in the Ferrari factory (wife optional ), lol! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I really appreciate it. If the day ever comes that you decide to give up bachelorhood I would be more than pleased to help you plan what to wear and what to say. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Rose

      WOW amazing amount of work in this hub, stunning. Now as you know I've never married and don't plan to but if anyone has a chance of pushing me in that direction it would have to be you.

      If it was to happen then I'd just like to be able to say "OK Rose, just tell me where, when, what to wear and what to say".

      I know pathetic but then I'm a man and I like cars and bikes. Besides I'm also mad and spend most days typing and talking to Coco the doggy.

      Your Top Ten stats were an eye opener.

      I've always thought that vow renewal thing was just an excuse to have another party, LOL.

      What do you think would be the odds of a destination wedding in the Ferrari Factory in Italy. Oh wait you have to have a partner for a wedding, LOL.

      Great job. Voted up and shared.

      Have a great day.

      MJ.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello my ravishing Rose - I just linked and shared this fabulous hub presentation to my FB page to all to see and read but sometimes I think some of them on FB are like mental midgets and all they want to do is tell you what kind of toothpaste they use and take banality to an all new level - I use FB to promote my hubs as well and that's about it - is anyone out there listening or reading our 'stuff' out there in

      BOOKFACE-land , lol lol

      It's currently 12:33am and I am listening to a Canadian band The Sadies mother-fookin' loud - have you ever heard of Margaret Mary O'Hara - you should check her out - she's Canadian too.

      Well I hope you had a nice Canada day and summer is halfway over now - can you believe it?

      I went in the water twice today and the cats were out all day long - what a life they lead?

      I see Mayor Ford attended a pride event - oh my gosh is he turning the other cheek? And man oh man that boy has a lot of cheek to go around too, lol

      Sending you 3 big hugs from C and T and G at lake erie time 12:40am

      How is your course coming along?

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great question tamarwilhite. Some guests cannot attend the wedding because of financial restrictions. In fact, couples often get mixed emotions from loved ones over a decision to marry outside their country. Statistically, there are more and more guests attending destination weddings and using the opportunity to enjoy a holiday. Also, stats are showing that more and more couples are starting to pay for guests, (if it is a small group of course) especially if they land a great deal with all-inclusive packages. However, in most cases guests are paying out of their pockets. I believe that if parents can't afford it and the couple can, then they should pay for them if they really want them to attend. Many couples generally host a casual party for family and friends who can't make it when they return home. Once again, thank you for visiting. Take care! -Rose

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      What is the right thing to do when you plan a destination wedding, and others cannot afford to attend? It can be rude to demand thousands of dollars so they can attend your wedding in an exotic locale. If someone like a parent cannot afford it, are you obligated to pay part of their travel costs? Or have a celebration of vows party closer to home when you return?

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You are too funny! Colin it is always a pleasure when you drop by. Thank you so much for your support. I am now sharing information on Destination Weddings so stay tuned because we will be visiting wedding spots throughout the world. It was a little cooler on Canada Day but as the week progresses it is supposed to get hotter and humid. It will be perfect weather for living by the lake, lucky you! Hugs and kisses to you , Tiffy and Gabe! -Rose

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Cat, you are too funny, I always enjoy your visits! Thank you for stopping by! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Rose you are already the ultimate wedding planner - now you are the ultimate world class travel guide - you can do it all - and it's all right here in this jam packed hub presentation which will be posted with enthusiasm and pride to my FB page for all to see and read.

      And who is that ' elephant' beside that cute guy - if you are already spoken for Rose then please get me the number of that elephant - he looks well hung and I'm sure hung up on him, lol.

      Thank you for your Canada day wishes but ironically it felt more like Labor day with the cooler air and no sun in sight - ah well when it comes to the weather we are a neighbor of whiners, eh, lol.

      Sending out 3 big lake erie time hugs to you from the three of us at lake erie time ontario 3:23pm

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Okay Rose, I'm starting to worry that you didn't notice me here 30 hours ago? lol... if you did... then don't look at me, I'm not really here :D

      (I'm just playing... but I do want to make sure you know I stopped, if missed people's visits before :-) )

      Have an awesome day!

      Cat

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by Alicia and for your kind words! I sincerely appreciate it! I hope this article is helpful to all those planning a destination wedding. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by KawikaChann and for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it! Yes, that scene with the Alps as a backdrop is certainly spectacular. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Hello Mhatter thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it! I am so sorry about your first wife but I am so glad that you found love again. Take care and have a beautiful day! -Rose

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderfully detailed hub, Rose! There is a wealth of information here. The hub is an excellent resource for people who want to have a destination wedding. Well done!

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      That shot of the bride and father at the Alps is awesome - I would love to do a shot like that with my daughter when she is ready to wed. Well done, a lot of questions that newlyweds will no doubt have to consider. Nicely done. Up/useful/follow. Peace. Kawi.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I had 2 (big) traditional weddings. (My first wife passed.)

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Hello Zeusspeak, It's true that combining a marriage ceremony and reception with the spectacular backdrops offered by some destinations is an awesome concept. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

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      Celina Martin 4 years ago from London

      Ya rose, I too admit this that this concept has been surging like nothing else. Many of my friends themselves want to marry in an exotic location, totally alien to their culture and traditional norms. It is a refreshing change, as it confluences the beauty of marriage and destinations.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much Jo for visiting. I appreciate your kind words and support! It is amazing how the trend of destination weddings is on the rise. Also, many more guests are taking the trip as well and making a vacation out of it. So long as a couple does their homework, a destination wedding could be a spectacular event. I am sure Cyprus was beautiful! Take care! -Rose

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow...this is an incredible hub!....Where were you twenty-five years ago, when I eloped to Cyprus? :) Seriously; you have generously shared a wealth of information here.

      Voting up all the way and sharing.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by justmesuzanne and for your kind words. I really appreciate it! Yes, it is a very personal choice to marry outside of your country and forgo the traditional route. There will always be those family members and friends that will disapprove. However, I believe that so long as you are happy and surrounded by those that matter to you the most, it doesn't matter where you get married. Take care and have a wonderful day!

      -Rose

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Gorgeous ideas! Voted up and beautiful! I think it's interesting that your poll overwhelmingly shows people (including myself) as undecided. Weddings are so personal, that I think anything the couple decides on is fine as long as it doesn't detract from the purpose of the gathering, which is entering into a solemn yet joyous lifelong covenant with another! :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Rose,

      My goodness you certainly haven't missed anything! I've realized that I need to create a new 'pin' just to accommodate you and your hubs! :D

      I could do a destination wedding, if I can get their by boat... I'll probably never have the courage to get on a plane!

      You have some seriously excellent tips and advice here!

      Voted up and others ~ Sharing too!

      Cat

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much jabelufiroz for your kind words and your vote, I really appreciate it. Take care and have a wonderful day. -Rose

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Hello Zeusspeak thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. i really appreciate it! There are many advantages and disadvantages to a destination wedding. One disadvantage, as I mentioned in my article is the fact that it could definitely upset traditional family members. It's true that culturally this may not be the norm for some families but statistically overall the concept of destination weddings is on the rise. Personally, for me, as long as you are surrounded by those you love, that's all that matters regardless of where you get married. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Well researched article on marriage. Voted up.

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      Celina Martin 4 years ago from London

      Would definitely agree with you that destination weddings have become a rage all across the globe, however, like everything destination weddings have their own drawbacks too like alienation from your culture ( if in case you are too devoted to your way of living). Nonethelss, an amazing hub on this theme, loved reading it