Guest post by Charleston Carriage Works.
So many individuals start dreaming of their weddings when they are so young. You see how magical weddings are on television and in movies, so it’s no wonder that (mostly) women are becoming little wedding planners by the time they can get on the school bus by themselves.
One thing they don’t tell you in the movies is how much time and money goes into planning a wedding. In the movies, the two fall in love and seem to get married almost right away. Another thing they don’t tell is that you have a ridiculous amount of options for your wedding venue and location. You really don’t have to get married in the neighborhood church anymore.
And cue the destination wedding. Traveling to a distant location to say “I do” in one of the world’s most beautiful places is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Couples are leaving tradition behind sticking their toes in the sand while they pledge their love to their future spouse. If you’ve ever dreamed of jetting over to a secluded beach to recite your vows, here are some reasons you should ditch tradition and do just that.
Say Goodbye To Formality
Have you been dreading wearing heels and an over-the-top dress for your wedding, or the mandatory tux fitting? Are you worried that your guests won’t show up in the proper attire? None of that matters with destination weddings in Tahiti! You can be as casual as you want. You can even walk down the aisle barefoot if you want to.
According to a Mintel U.S. wedding report from 2013, 58% of couples wanted their weddings to be remembered as fun and casual. What’s more fun and casual than a Tahiti destination wedding? You and your guests will be at a gorgeous resort with fun and relaxing activities, as well as plenty of drinks!
And Half The Guest List
When you sat down to draft your guest list, did you start panicking? A lot of couples do. You suddenly start to realize how many people are in your family. You also start to evaluate how important some people really are, and how some people really aren’t.
The average number of wedding guests for a traditional wedding is 140. For a destination, that number drops to 48. No longer will you have to include your third cousins you’ve only met once or your dad’s weird coworkers. Your wedding will be much more intimate so you can celebrate with only the people you truly care about.
The World Is Your Oyster
When you choose a destination wedding over a traditional wedding, you can have your big day anywhere in the world. Destination weddings are defined as the marriage ceremony taking place at least 100 miles away from the couple’s permanent address. Many couples choose to go much further than that, though.
The other thing about destination weddings is that you are not confined to certain times of the year because of weather. If you live anywhere where it snows in the winter, then you know your window for an outdoor wedding is very slim. However, you can celebrate outside in December if you travel to a tropical location for your wedding.
They Are One Of A Kind
If you’re the kind of couple that wants to be different that everyone else, then a Tahiti destination wedding is for you. There are more than two million American couples that get married every year, and only 25% of them have destination weddings.
When you travel to a far away location for your wedding, you don’t have to worry about having your reception at the same place as one of your friends or even where you had your high school prom. You will be truly unique with a destination wedding.
Stress? What Stress?
So many couples say that wedding planning is ridiculously stressful, and you’ve probably felt that yourself if you’ve already started planning. Destination weddings are hands down less stressful than traditional weddings.
All you have to do is to find a reliable wedding planner locally so you really don’t have to do much. In most cases, all you really have to worry about is getting there. You’ll be offered options for photography, cake, and officiant services and won’t have to worry about the little details, it will all be handled for you.
It’s A Built in Honeymoon!
The honeymoon is arguably the best part of the wedding events. Couples are even getting really serious about planning their honeymoons lately. The average couple spends three times more money on their honeymoon than they would on a regular vacation.
With a destination wedding in Moorea (Tahiti’s sister island), there is no extra planning involved! All you have to do is stay at your beautiful resort for a week after your ceremony, or fly to one of the outer islands (like Bora Bora). There’s no more stressful traveling involved after you say “I do.”
To all the couples out there in the middle of wedding planning right now: stop what you’re doing and pick a destination. Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life, and you want to be able to remember it forever. Ditch the tradition, throw on your flip-flops, and get married on the beach in Tahiti!