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Right now you may be wondering whether or not a destination wedding is right for you. While a wedding in the Caribbean may be a dream come true for many, you have to ask yourself is it for you. Often, couples choose to have a destination wedding because the location is personally significant. Perhaps the two of you first realized you were in love on vacation in the Caribbean. Perhaps he popped the question during that week-long cruise you two took together.
In addition to personal significance, many couples choose to have a destination wedding simply for the romance of travel. Sometimes the decision is made because there is a need to escape. Perhaps you have already started planning a traditional wedding in the states and found it is not what you want.
7 REASONS TO HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING
1. UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE WEDDING EXPERIENCE
A destination wedding allows for creativity reflecting the tastes and styles of you and your fiance. You can have a religious ceremony and traditional wedding if you want or do something different and make it completely your own. Even if your tastes are traditional, a destination wedding will be unlike any other wedding.
2. ONCE IN A LIFETIME REUNION
Imagine having close friends and family from each stage of your life in one magical place for the purpose of celebrating you and your love. Coming from around the country, or even the globe, your wedding will not only be a vacation for many, but also a reunion.
3. ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH GUESTS
Destinations tend to be smaller, more intimate events. They also tend to last a few days, giving you and your intended plenty of opportunity to spend time with your guests. Although not all of your invited guests will be able to travel due to scheduling and budgetary concerns, those who can attend interact more with each other and their hosts than at a traditional wedding.
4. COST EFFECTIVENESS
As the guest list shrinks, so will your costs. Alternatively, as the guest list shrinks, you may be able to spend more for a lavish event.
5. GROOMS LIKE TO GET INVOLVED
Whether it is deciding on gift bags or coordinating guest outings, grooms seem to be more involved in destination wedding planning. Specifically, grooms enjoy organizing the smaller events such as day outings and happy hour mixers.
6. START THE HONEYMOON EARLY
The honeymoon starts as soon as you are pronounced husband and wife. Once your guests have left island, stay a few days and honeymoon, or if you are on a cruise ship, sail into the sunset. Because you have already arrived at your honeymoon destination, you can consider the transportation expenses associated with honeymoon travel already paid.
7. GREAT PHOTOS
Imagine the photo album, straight out of a magazine, that you and your intended will enjoy forever.
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Mariners Landing Resort knows what is important for your event. Mariners offers event packages to fit every budget and with mulitiple event and meeting spaces, we can accommodate large and small events. Center Stage, our award winning on site caterer, will prepare a menu that will excite and amaze your guests. The resort offers hotel rooms with full resort amenities to make this a true destination location. Your attendees can enjoy 3 outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, walking/biking trails, golf, heated indoor pool, tennis courts, playground, beach and of course Smith Mountain Lake. Check out our website and see what Mariners's Landing Resort can do for you and your event.
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