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10 Great Reasons to have a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are becoming more popular but why? There are pros and cons to everything, but marriage is all about believing that the pros outweigh the cons, right?

Here are Hola Weddings top 10 reasons to have a destination wedding:


The backdrop is definitely set for stunning pictures. Of course, you will look fabulous that day, but the sunset lighting and the tropical beach in the background can’t hurt, right?

Whether it is shades of turquoise, blue and green with the ocean views, the white sandy beaches, or tropical flowers and foliage, there are so many easy opportunities for incredible pictures.

Trash the dress sessions are all the rage with the opportunity to live this once-in-a-lifetime experience and come out with original photos.


3 words. Year-round summer.  (Wait, does that count as 2 words?)

Depending on the destination you choose for your destination wedding, chances are the days of sunshine and warm weather far outweigh the gloomy ones.

You will need to consider the rainy season and hurricane season but overall, if you enjoy the summer weather and want a fabulous chance at getting it, having a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean is a great choice.

A great caribbean beach is one of the reasons to have a destination wedding


This is really a chance for the families to get together and bond. Instead of one short night, destination weddings give you the chance to spend time with your loved ones in a relaxed vacation mode.

Your families can get to know each other on neutral ground. Fun events like a group catamaran outing or an adventure help solidify the relationships for the future.

For the happy couple, this is also a chance to spend more time with your guests. With most guests flying into your chosen destination for at least 3 nights, you have the opportunity to create more memories together than a few fleeting minutes at a local wedding.

A wedding group taking a picture at the beach


Destination weddings can be (wayyyyyy) less expensive.

There are turn-key solutions for destination weddings in all-inclusive hotels where all the basics are covered.

Whether you want just a simple beach ceremony or a more elaborate event with a cocktail hour and private reception, the cost will be significantly less than if you host the event at home.


Want a barefoot wedding? Have a relaxed dress code or color theme you want to stick to? Want to dance down the aisle to whatever the hell song you want? Want the day to be about you and your soulmate and not about stuffy details?


One of the major perks of having a destination wedding is the relaxed vibe that comes along with it. The traditional items or choices that would be expected at home are less so when in beach mode.

Unless you want it, You don’t need a very formal dress code (unless you want it). You can skip a lot of pricey decor as the scenery is already gorgeous. You get to hang with your besties on a wedding vacation and not stress the small stuff.


Having a destination wedding cuts your guest list (and cost).

In general, the estimated amount of guests that will attend a destination wedding is 50-60% of the invitees. You can already whittle down when making the guestlist for your destination wedding.

What destination you choose to get married in plus the cost of attending the wedding, combined with the time of year you choose will shave off some more.

Many resorts now even offer a webcam option, so those that can’t attend can still see the ceremony!

AND, extra added bonus – NO ONE will ask to crash on your couch! (this alone counts as 10 reasons!)


That cousin that picks fights with other family members? The nosy, racist great-aunt? The long-term family ‘friend’ that gets too handsy when drunk?

Make your event as intimate and exclusive as you want.

In addition, planning at home gives many more family members and friends the opportunity to direct your decisions about the decor, the inclusions, the planning, etc.

How many of you have heard of the wedding party/mother of the bride/sister-in-law taking over the planning and insisting on their way of doing things? This is way less likely to happen when the wedding planning is easier and between the couple and their wedding planner in their chosen destination.

Having your family together is another reasons to have a destination wedding
Photo credit Pixan Photography


Due to very silly laws in many countries, same-sex couples are not afforded the same opportunities to wed.

There are many areas where gay weddings are legal. Areas of Mexico and Costa Rica are not only ‘open’ to the idea but make it easy for same-sex couples to have a wedding of their dreams and bring the legally wed status home with them.

#LoveIsLove, people!


Everyone has one.

Experiencing the cloud forest in Costa Rica? Hiking an active volcano? Swimming in waterfalls in Jamaica? Seeing the Mayan Ruins? Swimming with sea lions in Los Cabos? Scuba Diving in Cozumel?

What is better than marrying the person of your dreams AND crossing off a bucket list item?

The trip itself is one thing, but most destinations offer incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you can experience with your group or with your new spouse.

Famous los cabos arch in mexico
Impressive stone arch in Los Cabos, something not to be missed!


Yes, we are that sure that the Hola Weddings Team can make your destination wedding easy and stress-free.

Check out our TEAM page to learn more about us and see if we are the right fit to help you plan your destination wedding.

Do our 10 reasons to have a destination wedding match yours? Did we miss anything? New to destination wedding planning and have a question? Let us know!

Did YOU have a destination wedding and have something to add to our 10 reasons? WE LOVE getting feedback from past destination brides and couples. Please leave your comment and feedback below.

Need help planning a destination wedding?
Get in touch, we love to help!

Lisa Wright

Soccer-mom, newlywed-wife, dog-lover, yoga-doer, tequila-drinker and master-wedding-specialist-extraordinaire! At your service…

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