1. Will your destination wedding be legally binding once you’re home?
Watch out! Some resorts don’t disclose the fact that your destination wedding is merely a blessing ceremony, and not one that’s legally binding. Before booking, find out the marriage requirements and laws at the destination. Local legislation might require couples to be in the country a certain number of days before applying for a marriage license. What’s more, wedding certificates need to be signed by a legal officiant and registered with the proper authorities. Let your on-site wedding planner know your wishes and be prepared to pay extra for the proper documentation so you can register your marriage once you return home.
2. What’s the budget for your destination wedding?
The price tag for the average Canadian wedding comes in at $30,000. A destination wedding, on the other hand, generally costs around $10,000. What’s more, some sun destination resorts (including Sandals) offer free weddings with a minimum three-night stay.(Here are 9 more ways to save money on your wedding!) Keep in mind, although you and your beloved may be saving a bundle by getting hitched in the sunny south, your guests are picking up a lot of the slack. Shelling out for flights and multiple nights at a hotel or all-inclusive resort is a bigger commitment than simply buying a gift that’s listed on your registry. Although you’ll naturally want to go big for your big day, try to be considerate of your guests’ financial situations before choosing your venue. If the people who mean the most to you can’t afford to be at your side, you may need to rethink your destination wedding.
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3. Can everyone make it to your destination wedding?
Newly-engaged couples considering a destination wedding will want to send out save-the-date notices as early as possible. Once you know all of your key players can attend (both from a financial perspective, as well as scheduling the time off from work), focus your location scouting on destinations where everyone feels safe and is allowed entry. For example, not all Caribbean countries are LGBTQ-friendly. Do any potential guests have a DUI or other criminal offence? If so, that could rule out tying the knot in the United States.
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