Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What are the benefits to a destination wedding?
Nowadays, many couples opt to forgo traditional (and expensive) weddings in favor of a more intimate affair 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 family and friends. 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 particular remote or expensive, less guests may choose to attend. Make sure to consider your closest family and friends when selecting a wedding destination.
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 ten years and have planned over 15,000 successful destination weddings. We have over 200 Certified Destination Wedding Specialists in the U.S. and Canada who have award-winning experience planning dream destination weddings.
How far in advance should I plan 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 to spare. If you do have time to plan further in advance, we always advise that couples start the process sooner rather than later, particularly with large groups.
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.
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.
Simple. We have a Price-Match Promise. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialist 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 note with the written, 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 group rates.
Of course! Head over to our destination wedding locations 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 gift icon next to hotels as you browse.
When a couple decides to have their wedding at one of the resorts or hotels that is part of our Preferred Partner Perks program, they'll receive incredible complimentary amenities, ranging from anniversary stay credits to pre-wedding parties, couples massages, romantic dinners and room upgrades. Most of these exclusive perks are available to couples who book a certain number of rooms at a property that is part of the program. As you browse the Preferred Partners collection, look for the gift icon which marks participating resort pages.
Nope. DestinationWeddings.com offers an exclusive Easy Payment Plan, which allows you and your guests the flexibility of spreading the travel payments out and picking payment dates that work for you. You can use the Easy Payment Plan to schedule out payments up to 60 days before the wedding.
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.
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.
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! But don’t take our word for it. Experience the Difference of DestinationWeddings.com from four real wedding couples we worked with.
We have successfully planned over 15,000 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 also 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 also include a wedding website where couples can tell their guests about their wedding and communicate with them before the big day. We also offer complimentary email save-the-dates.
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