Ruby's Blog | Destination Weddings

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week, I am going to discuss some things you need to know if you are considering a destination wedding!

{1} Price: An average wedding in Rochester is about $25,000 and up. We're not saying that planning a vacation wedding will be cheap, but if planned right, it can be slightly cheaper or just as much as a local wedding. So we want to ask... why not have a destination wedding?

{2} Locations: Living in Upstate New York, the tropical climates seem like a dream year round. Keep in mind that different island areas can experience extreme weather during certain times of the year. You don't want to plan your perfect day only to have crazy rainstorms put a damper on it!

{3} Guests: It can be a lot to ask your guests to travel for your wedding, so make sure you send out your "save the dates" and invites, months in advance to give them plenty of time to prepare! You can also get group deals for airlines and hotels, so make them aware of this information. Once your guests arrive, it would be nice to have a welcome bag for them filled with goodies including a map, information about the location and an itinerary for the weekend.

{4} Hire An Expert: While wedding planning in general can be stressful, it can be even more difficult planning one in a different country! There may be language and cultural barriers, as well as communication difficulties with the distance. Many resorts have event coordinators that you can hire to do the crazy legwork, and make sure your dream day goes perfectly.

{5} Make It Legal: Make sure you research wedding licenses in different countries! You may need to fill one out in the U.S. as well as the country in which you choose to wed. See if you would need to book an extra trip to fly down and apply for the licenses a few weeks before you get married, or would need to go back at all after the wedding.