Jemma Keech

Exotic? Yes. Romantic? Check. Fun?? You betcha!

These are some of the most common adjectives new clients of mine use when I ask them why they are planning a destination wedding. While these are the emotional reasons couples choose a wedding abroad, there are some more practical reasons as well. Here are some of the reasons you should be thinking about having one too!

Cost is one of the biggest pros to a destination wedding, and why so many couples in Calgary are deciding to go this route right now. While the economic downturn has been affecting guest attendance, destination weddings are still on the rise, because they simply cost less than a local wedding. Of course this is dependent on a number of factors, such as decor, guest list, and location, but you can expect to spend a fraction of what you would here, without having to DIY your whole event.

Who doesn’t love a vacation? Perhaps you have some family members who haven’t really travelled, and you can give them the perfect excuse to start! You can share one of your favorite destinations with those who haven’t been there before, or maybe you go to a new location altogether and it is a new life adventure everyone can share. Regardless, a holiday is exciting, and everyone will have a great time!

You can really connect with your guests through a whole week, instead of getting just a few minutes at your reception with each of them. And your guests will form new bonds with each other, while having a great holiday. This can make the big day a lot more special, and an event no one will forget.

Make a statement. If you’re looking for something different for your wedding, the world is your oyster; you can have a truly unique event without a lot of extra work and without breaking the bank. You can do everything you would at home, and a whole lot more! From beach bonfires, to underwater weddings, the sky really is the limit.

Is it really that simple?? Yes! One of the huge upsides of a destination wedding is how easily they can come together, and they really can be stress free if you have the right expectations, and a little patience.

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Buchanan is a Certified Travel Counsellor, Certified Destination Wedding Coordinator, and owner of Paradise Weddings.