If you already know that you want a destination wedding, you might question where the best location is. Picking where you want to have your destination wedding depends on several factors including your vision, your budget, and your guests.
When we were planning our destination wedding, we always knew that we wanted to have a beach wedding, with our toes in the sand and partying into the night underneath the stars with the waves rolling in. We couldn't think of anything more romantic!
While a beach destination is probably one of the most popular destinations, it's definitely not the only one. There are destinations for people who love the country, the mountains, or large cities, too. Starting with your wedding vision is the most important.
Once you have your wedding vision in mind, the next two important things to know is: (1) what is your wedding budget; and (2) what is the amount that your guests will be able to spend to come to your wedding (and how many guests will likely come)? These will be important as you start your research to find the best venue for your wedding.
Even knowing that we wanted a beach wedding, our possibilities were endless: Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica... well, the list goes on. And we researched them all. Ultimately, the decision was made that our wedding vision included an affordable, large all inclusive resort for our guests to really enjoy their vacations because we didn't want to end up at a small, boutique hotel that couldn't accommodate as many guests as we wished to invite (despite us wanting to keep it intimate).
That quickly narrowed our list down to Cancun and Punta Cana. From there, we decided that Punta Cana was the one destination that both we and a majority of our guests had never been to and was consistently rated better in terms of beaches than Mexico (which was important to us). That's how we settled on Punta Cana for our own wedding.
When planning your wedding, ask yourself:
(1) What is my wedding vision?
(2) What is my budget?
(3) How many guests are coming and how much can they spend?
A good travel agent should be able to help you narrow down what fits within your wedding vision. And doing a lot of research will help. There are so many options from resort weddings (and which resort) to off-site wedding venues and pros and cons to each. Other than utilizing a Travel Agent who is fully versed in all kinds of wedding options, you can do some research on your own. Check out some Facebook Groups with members who are brides who are planning or have planned their own weddings.
Here are two that I created:
Punta Cana Brides:
Cancun/Riviera Maya Brides:
Use the comments section below - where is your dream wedding?