With destination weddings becoming more popular, many couples are choosing this option for various reasons. Whether it's because they've always dreamed of getting married on the beach, in the mountains, or want an affordable wedding celebration at an all-inclusive resort. While a destination wedding seems like a dream come true for some, there are costs that you need to consider when hosting a destination wedding. We want to share with you 5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding.
5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding
First on our list of 5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding is transportation. Many couples are busy trying to get the best airfare and hotel accommodations that they forget to factor in the cost of transportation, which is a necessity, when it comes to getting to and from the airport. It is important to work with a travel agent to ensure guests travel safely especially when hosting your wedding internationally. Providing transportation for your guests can ensure their safety. Be sure to include transportation when deciding on your destination wedding budget.
2. Welcome Bags
Of course, it's such an awesome idea to give welcome bags to your guests. That's why many couples do so. However, what couples don't realize, is that there is a cost associated with delivering those welcome bags at some hotels and resorts. If you are okay with paying to have them delivered and it is in your budget, go for it. Otherwise, handing the gift bags out to your guests is a good way to eliminate this cost.
Also, on our list of 5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding are shipping costs. If your guests bring a gift that you do not want to take on a plane, then you are going to have to pay to ship the item home. Even if you don't ship it home and include it in your existing luggage, you could still incur extra baggage fees.
4. Changes to Decor
Couples like the idea of a destination wedding that includes all the decor, such as florals, linen, chairs, etc. and many hotels and resorts offer these items in their wedding packages. However, if you want to customize your decor, it could come at a cost to you. Changing the initial decor is one of those costs that couples aren't initially aware of.
5. Off-Site Guests
Another one of those 5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding is off-site guests. If your guests choose to stay at a different resort because they found a "better deal" or because they have a timeshare at the destination where your wedding will take place, you might have to pay for your guests to attend your wedding. Depending on the location of your wedding, some resorts require that a one day guest pass is purchased for any guests staying off-site. Be sure to check with your wedding planner at the resort about this hidden cost.
If you want to learn more about our 5 Hidden Costs of a Destination Wedding, contact us to speak to one of our destination wedding planners.