Are they only for the wealthy? Not really…..
Destination weddings are a spin on the old tradition of eloping. Elopements were done in secret and didn't include guests or traditional rituals. However, destination weddings are planned events, often including family and guests and may even involve wedding traditions that are native to the location.
Why a destination wedding? The primary reasons couples choose a destination wedding are to save money, avoid the major hassles of family squabbles and planning details, and of course to have a memorable and unique wedding. Besides a beautiful location, you can mix in local cultural traditions with your own ceremony to give some excitement and uniqueness to your special day. And best of all many destination weddings are a bargain compared to the cost of hosting a big expensive event back home. Your family may be spread out all over the U.S. but your life and friends are in one place. This is becoming a more and more common scenario for couples, making it difficult to gather everyone together for a large and meaningful celebration. Because of this, destination weddings will keep increasing in popularity!
Traditionally this is how you would plan your own destination wedding:
Chose your location…and to do this, you have to do a little research.
The web is always a great resource for research of any kind.
Most wedding magazines feature destination wedding information in the back pages.
Travel sections in bookstores are another great place to research a location.
Check with your travel agent who can recommend a few good choices based on your budget and travel date. Having a wedding during the slow season can save you and your guests a small bundle on travel!
But most importantly research the legal requirements. You may need to bring specific paperwork, there may be have a waiting period or other requirements that may change your plans.
The popularity of Destination Weddings has increased tremendously and it is now estimated that over 100,000 couples a year will have one!
In the United States, Las Vegas and Disney World are two very popular locations, and both have a seemingly unlimited supply of resources and ideas.
European weddings are also becoming popular. There you can marry in an old castle, at a vineyard in France, or on a cliff in Ireland with bagpipes sounding in the background.
Tropical islands are the most popular location for a destination wedding, and Maui is currently the number one island of choice. Other very popular locations are Jamaica, St. Lucia, as well as other Hawaiian islands (Big Island and Oahu mostly). Due to years of such popularity, there are a lot of resources on these islands for you.
Available resources are important to keep in mind when picking a location. If you want to have a ceremony performed in a certain religion, or you feel strong that you must have a great photographer that specializes in black and white, or a musician that plays a particular instrument, be sure the location can accommodate your needs. Often couples choose locations where they will also have their honeymoon, or be a short flight away from their honeymoon location; hence the term "Weddingmoons."
How can MarLee Travel get you started? Easy as 1-2-3
MarLee Travel, your travel and entertainment concierge service, will allow you to research and choose your wedding or honeymoon location all at the touch of one button. Visit our honeymoon registry for the first and last stop in planning your destination “weddingmoon.”
Our honeymoon registry have done the research on the honeymoon resorts for you, so there is no need for you to go hopping on different internet sites to choose the perfect wedding and/or honeymoon location.
Reason to Choose this Registry
Find Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts
Here’s a step-by-step account of how to use our registry.
The bride and groom (B&G) choose destination from a list of prime wedding and honeymoon resort locations
B&G create registry list from items listed for that destination or use the “create your own” wizard to list ideas of their own
B&G create their wedding website and upload their photos
B&G download and print announcement cards directing guests to your site provided by MarLee Travel: Announcement Cards & Games
Friends and Family go to http://www.yoursite.com/ to read your wedding website and purchase something for the wedding couple from their registry list. Here’s an example of a wedding website: Wedding Website
Friends and Family receive receipt and gift card to fill in, send via email and print out
B&G are notified of purchase and sent gift cards via email
B&G can check account anytime to view gift details and read cards
B&G withdraw money from honeymoon registry upon request and funds are sent to them either through check or PayPal
Registry Support for technical issues or Bride and Grooms questions: 858-433-1506
Hours are 6am to 6pm Mon – Sat PST
Here are some pictures of how the registry works: How the Registry Works
Here’s an example of one of our honeymoon registry sites created by a bride and groom: Sample Honeymoon Registry
Here’s an example of a bride and groom’s wedding website: Sample Bride and Groom Website
For more information about our honeymoon registry or destination wedding email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit MarLee Travel’s honeymoon registry at http://www.marleetravel.honeymoonwishes.com/ and start your registry for the perfect honeymoon. Or sign up for your honeymoon registry here.