There is certainly no sign of the destination weddings trend waning any time soon. In fact, if anything they are growing in popularity due to the many benefits of trying the knot in a place you don’t call home. We completely understand the appeal – how could you not be allured by the tropical paradise offerings of Queensland or northern New South Wales, both offering the ultimate setting for a beach wedding reception. Here, we explore the top five reasons why you should consider a destination wedding (warning: after reading this you won’t want to get married at home).
The photo opportunities
This alone is enough reason to get hitched somewhere with incredible scenery. Just imagine your wedding photo album, full to the brim with photos of you in the most enviable and atmospheric location. Whether you’re toes in the sand in an incredible beachfront location or deep in the lush rainforest, there’s an abundance of stellar locations that are sure to blow you and your guests away and create photographs of a lifetime.
Have two honeymoons
This one’s bound to get your attention. One huge benefit of tying the knot in a place you need to fly to is you basically get two honeymoons. With time required either side of the wedding day (a few days beforehand to settle in and a few days post to recover) you’ve already spent a week away in your dream destination, lapping up the local surrounds and soaking up the relaxation. You can view this as a mini holiday or honeymoon before you set off on your main one. Nothing like being super Zen and rested before saying your vows (it’ll help with the nerves).
Quality time with your guests
A destination wedding doesn’t just go for one day like it would if you were marrying in your home location. Instead, a bit of time is required either side of the wedding day to ensure you and your guests are refreshed and not jet-lagged for the main event. These days are usually spent settling in to the location and spending proper quality time with your loved ones. In the lead up to the big day, it’s a great idea to host cocktails and canapes one or two nights before as a welcome party, and to organise particular activities guests can do in the local area. Most guests will treat the time like a mini holiday for them too. This is why choosing a relaxing resort is a great idea – you and your guests can all be based in the same location.
Tick something off your bucket list
If you’re a couple that’s always dreamed of an island paradise wedding or beach-themed big day, use the excuse of your wedding to pick your absolute dream bucket-list destination and set your heart on getting hitched there. The world is quite simply your oyster and you can kill two birds with one stone. If you can’t quite make it overseas, there are bundles of stunning local options within Australia – with Queensland being by far the most popular destination for couples around the nation to tie the knot, due to its year-round warm weather and lashings of scenic beach and rainforest options.
Everyone is a VIP
It can be quite a big deal asking your guests to join you for your dream destination wedding and can take a lot of effort from your loved ones. Usually, destination wedding guest lists are on the smaller side (which is another benefit) due to the huge orchestration of the whole event and the costs involved. This means couples will go out of their way to make sure guests receive the royal treatment. Everyone who has been invited to this wedding is very special and important – and they know that being one of the lucky ones to receive an invitation.
Find out more about destination weddings at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.