Shaadi season is just across the horizon and prep starts now! Every bride aspires to have the perfect wedding—and a unique wedding—makes her special day memorable for everyone. How about a destination wedding? Why not go all out for your amazing, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” status wedding?
I’ve got 6 reasons why you should take the leap and have that amazing wedding week on a sunny island you love!
1. Shorter Guest Lists
When you’re South Asian, the guest list for you wedding is always 400+ people. These are relatives, relatives of relatives, family friends, your dad’s childhood best friend from boarding school, your uncle’s college friend he was on a soccer team with and—if you’ve got some space left—you’re allowed to invite a few of your friends and co-workers. This list is endless and everyone is a MUST; how could you NOT invite the cousin-in-law of your second cousin twice removed that you met once in 2012 at your niece’s 3rd birthday party? With a destination wedding, many of your guests will kindly refuse because they don’t want to spend the money to attend. However, those who actually care about you will be the ones to show up.
With a destination wedding, many of your guests will kindly refuse because they don’t want to spend the money to attend. However, those who actually care about you will be the ones to show up.
2. Unforgettable Holiday With Your Loved Ones!
Since the wedding consists of immediate relatives and friends that truly care about you, it turns into a giant family vacation! You get to spend every moment with your family and friends, everyone is more involved in the wedding, and there are more activities you can all take part in so the wedding lasts longer than the 3 or 4 days of events. It’s quality time with people important to you, enjoy it well!
3. Gorgeous Pictures
Stunning wedding pictures are absolutely vital for any wedding and with a destination wedding you’re sure to have a gorgeous backdrop. Since the wedding is at such a special location where the focus is on you and your significant other, the entire atmosphere is magical. You can be sure the whole family is taking pictures! Magazine worthy pictures will definitely have everyone else green with envy as to why they didn’t have a destination wedding themselves!
Magazine worthy pictures will definitely have everyone else green with envy as to why they didn’t have a destination wedding themselves!
4. Save Money!
South Asian weddings have so many lavish outfits, layers of gold jewelry, multiple days of celebration, extravagant decor, live musicians, food, tons of sweets and more. It can get very costly, but depending on what time of the year and location of your wedding, you could end up saving money for a destination wedding! Usually, hotels offer special packages for wedding party members so your guests could save money on their flight and a hotel, giving them a cheap vacation in the process.
5. Less Stress
Resorts and cruises are mostly wedding-friendly so they already know how to make your wedding day perfect. With hotel staff waiting on you hand and foot, it will be easier to plan the wedding. You’re living at the venue so traveling is not a hassle, you can check in with the staff on what is happening at any time. Hotel managers are accommodating to be sure that you and your guests are being well taken care of. Destination weddings allow you to keep other aspects of the wedding simple.
If it’s not a resort or a cruise, definitely hire a wedding planner so they can coordinate the details for you and be familiar with the location of the wedding. It also allows you to focus on the love in your relationship, as well as within the family. There is also less family drama involved because relatives are less likely to moan and complain about things—and even if they do—who cares! You’re having the perfect wedding!
6. Early Honeymoon!
A destination wedding allows you to start your honeymoon early because you’re already on vacation! After the guests have left, extend your stay to truly enjoy the environment and remind each other of your deep love. In the nervousness that comes before the big day, you may lose sight of why you have made it here in the first place, so indulge in this time you have together.