Destination Stress-Free and Happily Ever After

Picture this (on this cold February day, as you are surrounded by wedding magazines and the impending stress of making the biggest day of your life come together): You’re about to be married on a beach. It’s sunset. You can hear the calming sounds of the ocean and smell a mixture of salty sea and fragrant local flowers. You are warm from the day’s sun and your closest people surround you. You’re looking at your future spouse with all the feels of love. The romance is palatable in the air. Do you know what’s not in the air? Stress. You know why? Because you’re attending your own destination wedding, you’re on “island time” and there is not a worry in the world. 

There are two types of destination wedding locations: resort weddings and off-resort weddings. Resort weddings are probably the most commonly thought of as the typical destination wedding, although off-resort weddings are becoming a go-to as well and below will outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. 

The advantages of resort weddings:

  • You and your guests are already at your venue.
  • Usually coordinated by a single, English speaking planner.
  • Everything is included and booked through the hotel – flowers, décor, entertainment, food, rentals, etc. – this means that it is extremely convenient, a one-stop shop if you will. 

Resort wedding drawbacks:

  • Of course, because this takes place on the resort, that you will be sharing with hundreds of other guests, you’ll have to consider that privacy really isn’t going to be possible, creating a less intimate feel. 
  • Hotels also usually mark up costs for resort weddings in terms of rentals, flowers, cake, etc., and you may be limited to what the resort has to offer, as it is not common for them to allow you to outsource to other vendors. 
  • Exclusivity may also be absent as most resorts book weddings back to back, especially in primetime seasons and you may wind up feeling like you’re on a wedding assembly line, especially if the hotel’s coordinator is running back and forth between the weddings and you aren’t being attended to as you should on your big day. 

Your alternative to resort weddings is an off-resort wedding or one that takes place in a private villa or restaurant, for example.

Pros consist of:

  • Frequently includes on-site coordinators that are helpful and can usually speak English.
  • Flexibility in terms of design and décor. You start with a blank canvas and can transform the space to match your exact personal preferences. 
  • You can ensure that you have your own private location, sans bystanders, and you are in control of sourcing out all of your own rentals, flowers, food, etc. from local vendors with direct costs, helping your vision stay aligned with your budget. 

On the flip side, common off-resort disadvantages are:

  • You may run into a more difficult and complex set up and coordination.
  • More complicated guest transportation off-site and back.
  • These locations come with nothing included which means everything has to be sourced on your own from local vendors, most of which do not speak English. 

Your dreams can be made a reality by hiring your own planner who can take on these challenges for you, allow you to enjoy each moment with ease and be with you from start to finish because of the following:

  • Your interests are protected and represented, you will not have to worry that your vision will be anything short of perfect because you are taken care of by someone you can trust to care for your day as much as you do. 
  • You can rest assured that your Designed Dream coordinator can speak Spanish and ensure nothing gets lost in translation and you will be able to avoid complicated communication with the local vendors. 
  • We can even make arrangements outside of the wedding day, such as excursions and other activities for you and your guests.
  •  A coordinator also helps to organize a rehearsal before the wedding, and a banging party after the wedding.

Your dreams can be made a reality by hiring your own planner who can take on these challenges for you, allow you to enjoy each moment with ease and be with you from start to finish because of the following:

  • Your interests are protected and represented, you will not have to worry that your vision will be anything short of perfect because you are taken care of by someone you can trust to care for your day as much as you do. 
  • You can rest assured that your Designed Dream coordinator can speak Spanish and ensure nothing gets lost in translation and you will be able to avoid complicated communication with the local vendors. 
  • We can even make arrangements outside of the wedding day, such as excursions and other activities for you and your guests.
  •  A coordinator also helps to organize a rehearsal before the wedding, and a banging party after the wedding.

On and off-resort weddings each offer pros and cons, but fulfilling the desire of your dream day in an exotic dream location is what is most important. Most importantly, the peace of mind that is accompanied by having your own planner/coordinator with you is worth it in itself. Stress-free, island-style and happily ever after!!

Designed Dream is an award-winning planning and design team in Toronto, prided in being in the event industry for over 10 years and having successfully planned and coordinated over 250 weddings and events! Quality is always more important than quantity, and for that very reason they never overbook and always ensures that all their clients get the personal touch and attention they deserve.  The Designed Dream’s talented team also speaks several languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hebrew, Russian Spanish and German.

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