With 88 percent of Americans getting married at least once during their lives and an average of 44,230 weddings occurring every weekend in the United States, it’s not surprising that Americans spend $72 billion on weddings every year. Approximately 24 percent of marriages are destination weddings, meaning they take place away from home. The destination wedding industry generates $16 billion annually.
There are some key differences between non-destination weddings and destination weddings. The average age of a bride in a non-destination wedding is 28 years-old while the average age of a bride in a destination wedding is 33 years-old.. An average of 165 people attend a wedding that takes place close to home while an average of 48 individuals go to a destination wedding.
One of the biggest differences between non-destination weddings and destination weddings are the cost of the event and who pays for it. The average budget for a wedding in a foreign location is $28,000 while the average amount paid for a conventional wedding on the home front is $29,858. Approximately 32 percent of couples getting married close to home pay for their own weddings, but 60 percent of couples planning to get married in a different location pay for their weddings.
If you are already engaged, you may be wondering what kind of wedding you want to have. As you consider your options, keep the following advantages that destination weddings provide in mind:
If you’ve decided that a destination wedding is right for you, you may be wondering how you should go about planning your event. The best place to start is to sit down with your fiancée and discuss where you want to have your wedding. If you don’t have any location ideas, talk about the atmosphere and ambience you want your event to have as well as the things you want to do as a couple and with your friends and family members in the days preceding and following your wedding. Using these criteria, you can research possible wedding destinations.
Listed below are some popular wedding destinations and the approximate number of out of town weddings they host annually:
One location that is understandably growing in popularity as a wedding destination is Tulum. Tulum is one of the last cities that the Maya constructed and lived in centuries ago and it is currently the site of some of the best-preserved coastal Mayan ruins in the world. Tulum rests on tall cliffs overlooking the waterfront on the east coast of the Caribbean Sea’s Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Tulum’s idyllic location is exactly what makes it an ideal site for a destination wedding. The historic ruins are located just 80 miles south of Cancun. Part of the Riviera Maya, Tulum is also close to the popular cities of Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, commonly referred to as the Belize Barrier Reef, runs the full length of the Riviera Maya and is the second longest barrier reef system in the world,
In addition to exploring Mayan ruins and a natural underwater tourist attraction, Tulum gives you and your wedding guests the chance to participate in fun activities you might not get to experience anywhere else. One such activity is swimming in cenotes. The cenotes that are close to Tulum include the Maya Blue, Naharon, Temple of Doom and Vacaha. Additional activities that are popular with visitors to Tulum include jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and going on jungle tours.
Once you’ve picked a location such as Tulum for your wedding, you should make plans to visit that destination, especially if you’ve never been there before. This will help ensure that the spot really does have everything, or at least most of the things, you want your wedding destination to have.
If it’s feasible, you should plan to visit your destination once or twice more in the months leading up to your event. This is particularly important if you’re not buying a wedding package or using a wedding planner. By visiting your destination repeatedly, you’ll have the chance to reaffirm your plans and make sure the staff caries out the arrangements you’ve made seamlessly when you and your guests arrive for your wedding ceremony and celebration.
This is particularly important if you’re making hotel reservations or transportation arrangements for your guests. Depending on the hotel you book rooms in, you may have to pay for the entire block of rooms you reserved even if some rooms remained unoccupied throughout your wedding event. So, getting an accurate head count while there’s still time to adjust the arrangements you’ve made without incurring a penalty can help you avoid wasting money on unused space.
If your guests are going to arrange lodging on their own, make sure your RSVP card has a space for them to share their flight and hotel information. Having this information will make it easy for you to track down people who are critical to your wedding — including your bridesmaids and groomsmen — and make sure they’re where they need to be when they need to be.
If you’re going to have a second reception after you return home from your destination wedding, make note of that in your invitation. This will take some pressure off people who are on a tight budget since they’ll know they can still celebrate your nuptials even though they won’t be physically present when you exchange vows. Doing this will also give people enough time to make plans to attend your home-based wedding reception.
Setting up an online registry also makes it easy for your invitees to shop for your wedding gift. With an online registry, you can include items from as many retailers as you want, meaning you’re not limited to products offered by just one or two stores, and you don’t have to register in multiple locations. Since it’s likely that some of your invitees live near certain stores while others reside closer to different brand retailers, registering online can make it easier for them to get you the things you and your fiancée have your eyes on. This is especially true if they are going to shop in person.
Registering online has the added benefit of increasing the odds that you’ll actually get the things you include in your registry because you can list the exact items you want from specific retailers instead of having to “settle” for similar items like you may have to do if you register with just one store. Websites such as MyRegistry.com make it simple to establish a registry in just a few minutes.
Your website should also let people know what kind of attire will be appropriate given the weather and the venues you’ve booked for different activities. In addition, your website should include a list of services your guests may need to use while they’re out of town. If some of your guests are bringing their children, provide contact information for local babysitters who’ve been thoroughly vetted by a trusted source. You should also include the location of the medical resources in the area such as urgent cares and hospitals in case a member of your party becomes ill or suffers an injury.
For the same reason, avoid shipping your wedding dress or tuxedo as well. If you have objects you’re tempted to ship, pay the airline fees and bring extra bags with you when you’re traveling to your wedding destination instead. If you still can’t carry everything you need, give members of your wedding party money to cover the airline fees and ask them to bring extra bags filled with your overflow of things.
One of the most important parts of any wedding is the entertainment. The music that plays during a wedding helps to set the literal and figurative tone of the event and, if it’s appropriate, it will help people engage in the celebration following the ceremony.
For many, selecting the music that will play during their wedding, particularly the song that will play during a couple’s first dance as husband and wife, can be very emotional. It can be equally challenging for couples to find a vendor who’ll be able to capture and maintain the musical mood that they want their reception to have and that their guests will enjoy.
Dash Weddings is a boutique DJ & entertainment booking agency that specializes in providing music during life’s greatest moments wherever they occur. If you’re planning a destination wedding, we’ll travel to your wedding site with you as your big day draws near. We will work closely with you to craft a custom DJ set tailored specifically for you and your guests. And will also read the dance-floor on-the-fly to ensure that the right mix of music is played at the right time to create the appropriate mood, inspire people and motivate those sitting on the sidelines to get up and hit the dance floor.
Our eclectic mix of music includes tunes from decades of every musical genre you can think of, including pop, oldies, classic rock, hip-hop indie-dance, EDM, house & electronic music. Our DJs work solo and also with live musicians to provide a hybrid form of musical entertainment. In addition to working with musicians from our roster, our DJs can work with musicians from your wedding destination to infuse some local musical culture into your reception.
If you’re a destination wedding planner, our services are a perfect complement to what you do. If you work with us, we’ll handle all of your musical entertainment, needs. We can also help you check a few additional things off your to-do list because our suite of services also includes visual production such as videography, photography and photo booths.
If you’re looking for creative destination wedding music ideas that will make the wedding you’re planning unforgettable, contact Dash Weddings today.