Authored by: Jim Emerson
January 20, 2012

Destination weddings can be extremely romantic and the perfect way to begin your new life together as husband and wife. However, choosing a destination wedding, rather than a local venue, can be a minefield of unexpected challenges that can cause severe disappointment, friction within the families and invited guests and put a damper on your special day. Here are a few things to consider before you book your flight:

Cost: The biggest issue with a destination wedding for invited guests is the cost. While the bride and groom feel that this is their day, which undoubtedly it is, you should consider the financial burden you may be placing on your guests. Depending on the location, even an all-inclusive destination may be cost prohibitive for many.

Vacation Time: Some guests may not have vacation time available from work to attend your destination wedding. For some that are required to take time off work without pay, this hidden cost adds significantly to the overall expense of attending your wedding. Some of your guests may also have arranged a family vacation time, at some other time of the year, which precludes them from taking additional time off work.

Time of the Year: Depending on their employment, some of your guests may not be able to leave work for a week to attend your destination wedding. For example, it is highly unlikely that a guest who is an accountant could take a week off work in April or a store owner may be unwilling to leave their retail business in December.

Physical Limitations: If some guests are prevented from travelling, for any number of reasons, (age, health, phobias, etc.) they will be denied the opportunity to share in your celebration and join in your happiness. It would be a shame that your grandmother or uncle could not join you on your wedding day because of the physical demands of a long flight.

Travel Problems: As with any trip, there are always variables that arise that can’t be anticipated or planned for. But with a destination wedding, these variables may have an even bigger impact on your celebration than if you celebrated locally. Some of the variables that should be considered are the possibility of flight delays as well as the chances of lost, delayed or damaged luggage containing your wedding dress.

When all is said and done, if you are planning a destination wedding, be open to the possibility that many of your family and friends just can`t join you in your celebration. 

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