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Destination Weddings: Overrated or Underrated?

Lynnie, on June 18, 2019 at 11:28 AM Posted in Planning 0 94
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What's your stance on destination weddings? Are they underrated (beautiful location, awesome excuse to travel, easy way to splurge on a smaller guest list)? Or a little too complicated?

Do you think destination weddings are overrated or underrated?


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  • Future Mrs. K
    VIP June 2019
    Future Mrs. K ·
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    Underrated. We aren't having one but I think they're usually very intimate and super special since only those closest to you typically come. I love the idea.

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  • Brae
    VIP September 2019
    Brae ·
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    Underrated. We decided against it because we know some important guests wouldn't travel, but I love the idea.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Underrated! Loved splurging on our very small & intimate guest list in beautiful Napa, CA.

    But I’m only a fan of DWs if small guest list & inexpensive travel costs (drive or cheap 1-hour flight, hotel under under $200/night)—or it’s too much to ask of guests unless the couple pays for some travel/accommodations.
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  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
    Cristy ·
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    I feel like it's a little of both. They can be great, for the reasons stated above, but considering my background and where I come from, if I had planned a destination wedding, I would be guaranteeing that none of my family could come. Too expensive, too hard to travel, etc. I understand why some couples choose it, though, and it's a good thing for them.

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  • T.S.
    Dedicated September 2021
    T.S. ·
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    I think neither. I think they just are. Whatever kind of wedding the bride and groom want and will make them happy shouldn't be under or over anything really. As long as they are satisfied at the end of the day with how everything went thats really all that matters.

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  • Jazmin
    Rockstar April 2019
    Jazmin ·
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    Underrated. We had a destination wedding and we will do it all over again.

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie ·
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    So underrated!

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  • Katie
    VIP November 2019
    Katie ·
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    Underrated because it’s a small ceremony and the people who love you the most are there
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  • sherraine
    Dedicated October 2021
    sherraine ·
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    If its just the two of us the yea its pretty Underrated. But to bring along the wedding party, family and guests? Overrated and expensive
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  • Kelli
    Dedicated September 2020
    Kelli ·
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    Mine is technically a destination wedding since we dont live there but his mom does. I dont get the whole going to another country. I feel like that's a whole other stress to add on unnecessarily. And I'd rather have my wedding in a familiar place than some unknown. I know the weather, the customs, the people, etc... just feels more comfortable.
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  • Betty
    Dedicated May 2020
    Betty ·
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    Way to complicated, I am keeping it simple and small and not having to coordinate things at a place i have never seen.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Underrated. Having just had an amazing beach wedding in Florida I highly recommend it. We had our closet family and friends and had an amazing day! Yes, we missed many people that couldn’t make it but we are going to have a small party at home this summer. It was what WE wanted so that’s what we did.

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  • Brandeana
    Savvy March 2020
    Brandeana ·
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    Depends. Our wedding is technically destination as we don't live there and he and his family are from another country (Canada, I'm US), but it's where I grew up.

    I think going somewhere exotic is vastly overrated. You potentially ostracize friends and family who can't afford to go where you want them to, or have families or obligations they can't leave.
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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
    CourtneyBrittain ·
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    Beautiful but overrated. I would be devastated if some of my guests couldn't come to my wedding because I decided to have an elaborate get away.

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  • Janieva
    Dedicated November 2020
    Janieva ·
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    Underrated, but we aren't having one. I live in a different state than my entire family so it's sort of a destination wedding. It would be a really cool idea, i've seen some beautiful destination weddings recently.

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  • Tabitha
    Dedicated November 2019
    Tabitha ·
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    I would have LOVED to have a destination wedding. So I wont say overrated. However, I do believe that it cause unwarranted stress on not only the couple, but the guests as well. The outcome, I have seen, is beautiful. As long as the bride and groom are happy that is all that matters. I just know that in my experience i've been unable to attend a wedding of a close friend because it was too far away and way over budget for us to attend.

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  • Ellie
    Devoted January 2020
    Ellie ·
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    I'd say underrated. I think having an intimate ceremony is sweet. The only reason why I ultimately decided against going overseas was because I wasn't sure how to figure out logistics like hair and makeup etc. It just seems like you don't have as much control in crafting the vision when you do things overseas from what I can tell.

    Although technically my wedding in DC is a "destination" for most of our guests since mines will be primarily from NYC and his from Chicago thing is we live in DC so it's not a destination to us.

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  • Kasyah
    Devoted March 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Neither, do what makes you happy! We are doing a destination wedding. Its going to be small, intimate and gorgeous. We are also making a weekend out of it so everyone gets a 4-5 day Vaca in. It's going to be awesome!
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  • Jazmine
    Dedicated May 2020
    Jazmine ·
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    I think neither. It's definitely a preference versus overrated.

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  • Mandi
    VIP March 2020
    Mandi ·
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    Neither.
    If you can handle it and wanna, go for it.
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