There’s a growing trend among wedding couples who are planning an entire weekend celebration rather than just a one-day event. Forgoing the traditional affair at local venues, brides and grooms are opting instead for relaxing vacation spots to host guests for several days. The destination wedding, as it is known, has become a popular choice because it offers a unique experience in a lowstress, beautiful location.
“A destination wedding really allows you to relax and enjoy your family and friends,” says Tracy French of The French Connection Events and Travel. It provides a whole experience over the course of several days as opposed to just a few hours for the same amount of dollars or sometimes even less.”
If you’ve ever considered this type of wedding, you’ll be pleased to know that they are more affordable than you think.
For recent clients, French and her team coordinated a double wedding for a brother and sister who decided to get married at the same time. Choosing Dreams Los Cabos Resort and Spa as their destination spot, the couples invited guests to join them for a relaxing weekend of celebrations that included a welcome party, bonfire, wedding celebration, and farewell brunch.
“Guests commented on the beautiful wedding and location, of course, but also the experience of the weekend from beginning to end,” explains French. “And you may be surprised to find out that this wedding for approximately 60 guests came together at a remarkably low price, almost half of what a traditional wedding would cost.”
Because French is a travel agent in addition to a renowned wedding planner, she offers couples the unique service of finding competitive rates at some of the best destination locations available as well as her expertise in planning the details.
“For the Double Knot wedding, for example, I was able to help all of the guests book room reservations and help coordinate transportation to and from the airport,” explains French. “At the same time, I managed the planning as well as all communications between both couples and the resort, helping to create the overall design for the wedding and choosing many of the vendors that would make the day a reality."
Also because many resorts offer all-inclusive wedding packages, planning a destination wedding can be less stressful. Yet French insists this is really determined by who you hire to help you. This can make all the difference in how your event turns out.
“Often a resort will have more than one wedding happening on a given weekend. Having a destination wedding specialist means that you have someone who is making sure your wedding is the most important one happening that day. Even if there is a hiccup, you will never know it,” says French.
She adds, “The last thing you would want is to spend the money to host your wedding at abeautiful location and then have your celebration take a backseat to other events. My past clients will agree that hiring a destination specialist was the most important factor in how their wedding turned out.”
As a popular choice, the destination wedding offers couple a chance to get away, relax, and enjoy a beautiful location. It’s not your traditional one-day event, but instead an opportunity to create a weekend full of memories. But to ensure it turns out perfectly and that you have a relaxing time with your guests, it’s imperative to have an experienced professional working behind the scenes to make sure the details come together seamlessly.
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