My fiance and I are getting married this summer in the Virgin Islands. We live on the east coast. We opted for a destination wedding for several reasons:
- We're older and didn't want all the "hoopla" of a traditional wedding. Having been a bridesmaid over a dozen times, I also didn't want the stress of a traditional wedding. We didn't want to lose site of what's most important about this day. It's been a pretty laid back planning experience.
- We wanted to go someplace that was special to us, and fun for everyone!
- We are having a smaller guest list for the wedding. We wanted to be able to spend time with our family and friends on a day that's supposed to be one of the most important days of our lives. It seems like a much better option than spending 4 hours in a hotel that goes by in blur.
- The expense was also another big factor. We have a rather large family, and are lucky to have many friends. We'd go broke by having it locally. Weddings have gotten to be soooo expensive.
And that's really it in a nutshell.
We went to San Francisco for the reception (the wedding was small for immediate family only and held on the east coast). The reception lasted 3 days starting with a wine tour the evening of the first day, followed by a baseball game and a dinner with dancing the main day in a famous location. The next morning was a brunch in a location that overlooked both bridges.
For us the expense (from the east coast) was fine because we combined it with business there and a trip to see other relatives to the north.
It was a nice combination of planned events and free time for site seeing.