Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Destination Wedding

1. Destination weddings are for bridechillas only. Control freaks/type-As/people, hear me when I say you don’t want a destination wedding. Disaster is inevitable. I can assure you, something out of your control will happen! This is the case for any wedding but especially when you’re dealing with weather you might not be used to, an area you may be unfamiliar with, and the stresses of traveling. So yeah, chill brides only.

 2. You won’t be able to invite everyone you want, and a good chunk of people you invited won’t be able to come. But it’ll still be the best day of your life. You can’t have a destination wedding without embracing the fact that some of your favorite people won’t be able to swing it due to the expense or the time off or whatever.

 3. Your photos will be one of your favorite things about your wedding – second to actually getting married! – so go all out. You probably chose your destination because of its beauty, not the convenience. So set aside a decent portion of your budget for documentation that does your wedding justice.

 4. Your guests will become besties. At a destination wedding, everyone will meet at the rehearsal dinner or whatever festivities you have planned, and by the time your weekend is over, your fiancé’s 60-year-old family friend will be floating down the lazy river with your college roommate’s boyfriend, because they’re now best buds. It just happens, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

 5. Destination weddings are perfect for keeping the focus on what the day is all about. Because you’ll probably have a smaller group of attendees, not only will you have time to talk to every single one of your guests for longer than “thanks for coming,” you’ll also have the opportunity to pull aside your new spouse and take in the day together – so don’t forget to do just that.