Destination weddings aren’t a new idea, but they often become news when celebrities like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen tie the knot in exotic places. While technically, the ceremony at Bündchen’s Costa Rica house last weekend was a “re-hitching” following the couple’s private ceremony in March, you don’t have to be rich or famous to consider the merits of a “weddingmoon” – first, second or otherwise.
For some people, a destination wedding makes more sense than a traditional ceremony and honeymoon in these trying economic times. Combining the expenses of the wedding and honeymoon – along with the typically smaller guest list at a destination wedding – often results in savings for the happy couple.
Destinationweddings.com lists the following places as its top ten weddingmoon spots (in 1-10 order): Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba, Fiji, cruise ships and finally, European destinations.
The more exotic the locale, of course, the higher your expenses will likely be. Several of those top spots — like the Bahamas and USVI — are within a short and affordable flight from Atlanta. But you don’t have to leave the continental U.S. or even our region of it to find beautiful places to travel for your own nuptials.
When I think of “destination weddings”, I usually picture the bride and groom on a white sandy beach. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I went to Hilton Head Island, SC when I didn’t see at least one wedding being held by the ocean. Between the beautiful beaches of South Carolina, Georgia’s Golden Isles and Florida, there are as many options as there are price points available for a prospective wedding getaway. Beachside resorts can cater to those wanting an eloquent do with all the trimmings. But you can also find many reasonable packages for simple ceremonies on the sand, along with food and entertainment for small groups of guests.
Though beach weddings may be the most typical weddingmoon destination, beautiful ceremonies can be held just about anywhere you want to travel. Websites such as www.locationweddings.net suggest bed and breakfasts throughout the south, mountain inns, city hotels and beachside resorts, from which traveling brides and grooms can choose their ultimate wedding destination.
Have you ever traveled for a wedding? What did you think of the combined travel and wedding experience? Would you consider a weddingmoon for your own ceremony?
Where would you travel for the ultimate wedding destination and why? Around the south, what are the most picturesque locations for a wedding?