What is a destination wedding?
A destination wedding is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their marriage at a gorgeous destination of their choosing away from home. Our couples get married all over the world, in stunning locales like the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and Europe. Destination weddings can be intimate (just the two of you), limited to close family and friends, or a grand affair with hundreds of guests. Get inspired by some of our beautiful real wedding couples' celebrations!
What are the benefits of having a destination wedding?
Nowadays, many couples opt to forgo traditional (and expensive) weddings in favor of a more intimate gathering at a destination they love. Destination weddings allow couples to extend their celebration from four hours to four days (or however long you see fit), while creating a lifetime of memories with their close friends and family. Because they are often more intimate than traditional weddings, destination weddings can also be more affordable for couples.
Is a destination wedding right for us and our guests?
If you're thinking of planning a destination wedding, it's likely important to you that your closest friends and family members will be able to attend. Before you commit to planning a destination wedding, run the idea by your loved ones. If there are relatives who you know you want present on your special day but are unable to attend, you might prefer to have an intimate destination wedding and a reception at home so all your loved ones can be a part of the celebration. Additionally, choosing the right destination may also affect who can attend. If your destination is particularly remote or expensive, fewer guests may choose to attend. So make sure to consider your guest list when selecting a wedding location.
How do I ensure my guests can afford to attend our destination wedding?
Traditionally, the best way to help ensure that your guests can afford to attend your destination wedding is to plan in advance so they have ample time to plan and budget accordingly. It’s also important to consider the resort, destination, and time of year you’d like to marry. For example, if you live in Florida, a Caribbean wedding will likely be more accessible for your guests than one in Hawaii. Or if you live on the west coast, Mexico may be a great option. Our hotels and resorts around the globe are well-versed in working with budgets of all sizes, and we also have an "Easy Payment Plan" to help spread out payments for your wedding guests. We make it easy to lock in affordable guest room rates with our Groups Made Easy Plan!
How far in advance should I be planning my destination wedding?
While 9-15 months is an ideal amount of time for securing the best travel rates, we have worked with couples that have planned gorgeous weddings with only a few months (or days!) to spare. If you do have time to plan further in advance, we always advise couples to start the process sooner rather than later, particularly with large groups. Check out our step-by-step guide to help you through the process.
What are the legal requirements when getting married out of the country?
Every country has different legal requirements for weddings. Most require some form of ID (like your passports and birth certificates) and a marriage license application. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists are happy to help you work through the legalities, as they have extensive knowledge of the requirements at your destination of choice.
How should I travel on a plane with my wedding dress?
Traveling with a destination wedding dress can seem tricky, and perhaps even a bit stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! To ensure your gown makes it to your destination safely, we recommend either having it with you in your carry-on, or better yet, taking your dress on board the airplane in a garment bag. Most airlines will accommodate wedding couples by allowing them to hang their day-of attire in the closet for you. It’s always a good idea to call ahead and see what their policies are, to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Then, simply sit back and enjoy the ride to paradise!
Who are you as a company?
The Destination Wedding Travel Group is the world's leading destination weddings travel company. We are headquartered just west of Boston in Wayland, Massachusetts with international corporate offices in Canada and the UK. We have been planning destination weddings for over a decade and have planned nearly 25,000 successful romantic celebrations. We have over 200 Certified Destination Wedding Specialists in the U.S. and Canada who have award-winning experience planning dream destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and vow renewals. Meet our team!
Why book with DestinationWeddings.com?
We have successfully planned nearly 25,000 amazing destination weddings and arranged travel for over 500,000 guests. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists (all 200 +) have years of experience planning destination weddings and frequently visit the locations they recommend to their couples. They will work with you from the start of your engagement to the minute you say I do (including emergency after-hours service during travel time), to help you choose and book the perfect destination and coordinate with the on-site wedding planner. Best of all, our services are completely free.
As an industry leader in romance travel, we have extensive connections with hundreds of hotels and destination wedding resorts around the world through our Preferred Partner Perks program, meaning we ensure you get the best price with added amenities, which range from anniversary trip stays to free massages and complimentary reception dinners. Our services include a wedding website where couples can tell their guests about their celebration and communicate with them before the big day. We also offer complimentary email save-the-dates, personalized to your wedding theme and taste! Check out even more reasons to choose us!
Do you have a list of resorts that you work with?
Of course! Head over to our destination wedding 'Destinations' tab, browse countries that interest you, and then click on the "explore our featured resorts and villas" tab within a region of your choice. You can also find resorts through the Preferred Partners page, which includes over 150+ properties that represent, to us, the very best in destination weddings. Many of the Preferred Partners offer exclusive perks to our customers, so be sure to look for the present icon next to hotels as you browse. Ready to start the fun part? Explore our amazing destinations!
Do we have to pay for our reservations in full right away?
The simple answer? No. DestinationWeddings.com offers an exclusive "Easy Payment Plan", which allows you and your guests the flexibility of spreading the travel payments out and picking a payment dates of the 1st or 15th of each month that work best for you. You can use the "Easy Payment Plan" to schedule out payments up to 60 days before the wedding. Just ask your Specialist to guide you through the process!
How do I get the best prices on travel packages?
Simple. We have a Price-Match Promise. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists are well-versed in finding competitive packages for you and your guests. Should you happen to find a better rate elsewhere, simply send us a screen shot of the comparable quote for a price match. In the rare instance we are unable to offer a lower quote; your $50 will be refunded, as long as it is within 90 days of your deposit being placed. Our Price-Match Promise only applies to wedding couples. Another way to ensure wallet-friendly prices is to book early, particularly with a group agreement to lock in rates and space. We also provide special offers for our couples for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and even vow renewals.
How much experience do your Specialists have?
Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists are hand-selected from the best in the industry, based on their extensive experience and knowledge in planning destination weddings. They are with couples from the beginning stages of the planning process to welcoming them home as newlyweds. All of our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists are familiar with the destinations and resorts they recommend to couples and stay up-to-date on the latest destination wedding trends. You can meet our award-winning Specialists here!
Will I need an on-site wedding coordinator?
Depending on the ceremony details, we usually recommended that you work with someone at the location to help finalize the details. Many resorts and hotels have complimentary on-site wedding coordinators, who maintain reputable local vendor lists and can help organize your big day. Your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist will set you up with a wedding coordinator at your resort and assist you as needed throughout the process.
What are the fees?
Each of our award-winning Certified Destination Wedding Specialists work with a limited number of couples in order to provide personalized service and ensure a perfect celebration every time. Therefore, we ask for a $50 commitment deposit. But don’t worry, this is not a fee. The deposit is deducted from your final travel payment – so our services are ALWAYS 100% free to you. This will be the best $50 that you never spent!
What are “Preferred Partner Perks?”
When a couple decides to have their wedding at one of the resorts or hotels that is part of our Preferred Partner Perks collection, they'll receive incredible complimentary amenities, ranging from anniversary stay credits to pre-wedding parties, couples massages, romantic dinners, room upgrades and more. Most of these exclusive perks are available to couples who book a certain number of rooms with a group agreement at a property that is part of the collection. As you browse our Preferred Partner resorts, look for the present icon to be sure they offer these exclusive perks!
Should I protect my investment by purchasing Travel Insurance?
To put it simply, YES, you should always purchase Travel Insurance. A destination wedding is an important investment, and with Cancel-For-Any-Reason Travel Insurance offered through Destination Weddings Travel group, we encourage you to protect your investment against any unforeseen circumstances that may occur after booking your trip. With flexibility to cancel your itinerary up until your day of departure, you will be refunded in full with the exception of the cost of your plan, therefore providing 100% stress-free planning.
What is "Groups Made Easy?"
Our "Groups Made Easy" booking process was created to minimize any stress over unused rooms. We’ve negotiated flexible contracts with our Preferred Partners so that you still get the rewards of booking a group early, but without any penalty should you end up needing fewer rooms (as long as you let us know at least 95 days prior to arrival). We’ve also lowered the minimum deposit per person, and most resorts will lock in rates start at just five rooms.