An interview with Karolina Fernandes from Diamonds Wedding Planners, an Ottawa Wedding Destination Planner.
If you are having your weddings in Canada, you are looking for so many different vendors, which add up quickly. For most local weddings, this can add ups to more than 25k and even North of 30k if you include the honeymoon. But, for destination wedding, the trip for two and wedding package, which is often free in many resorts, can be as low as 1-2k. Particularly if the chosen package includes free trips for the couple due to the number of guests traveling. So if you consider this cost, as well as the cost for the dress, groom attire, gifts for the bridal party, photography and possible transportation for your photographer, if you choose one local to you, it can add to as low as 8-10k, much lower than what it would cost you for a local wedding.
For local Ottawa weddings, you would only spend one day with your loved ones and then everyone part ways. For destination weddings, you have the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with them. You get on the plane as a group, you spend your days at the beach together and other activities. Then one of the day is the wedding, so it is even more special than the other fun days you just had together. After your week in the sun, you go home full of memories of a great trip and a beautiful wedding.
It is easier to plan than a local wedding, particularly if you have someone to guide you through it. You still have to choose a location, plan your trip, book your travel and plan the wedding, but you only have to speak to a handful of vendors to make it happen. You also have fewer choices to choose from, which can be a good thing if you are indecisive or are happy with the options they have. Of course if you want something special you can bring special details or decor with you or upgrade your package at your resort
Do I need to say more? I think not!
Contact a destination wedding planner like Karolina from Diamonds Wedding Planners to get started and she can help you plan all these details. She will help you find a location, find the best price for your travels and book it too (because she is also a travel agent), liaise with the venue to decide on the perfect details for your wedding and help you find additional vendors like a photographer or a videographer (either local to your venue or local to you).
If you decide to have a destination wedding and want a great destination wedding photographer that will provide an amazing experience before, during and after the wedding, contact me! We will talk on the phone about your big day and how I can make your wedding photography stress free.