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Is a Destination Wedding for You?

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Destination weddings - whether to Cape Cod or the Caribbean - are growing increasingly popular. Most resorts will have an on-site coordinator who will handle a majority of the wedding details. All you need to do is decide where you want your ideal fantasy wedding to be and contact some major honeymoon hotels to get more information on what their packages include.

A typical package will include the location, officiant, musicians, flowers, photographer and a champagne and cake reception. They will also include accommodations for the wedding night. Be sure that the consultant has experience in coordinating weddings. This is especially important if you are getting married out of the country because she'll need to know all the requirements (such as necessary information on marriage licenses, medical tests, how long it will take to process all the paperwork, etc.)

Popular wedding destination sites include: Hawaii, Disneyworld in Florida, Disneyland in California, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean islands. Many couples invite their closest family and friends to a special location where everyone can celebrate the couple's wedding and enjoy a vacation at the same time. You will need to give your guests ample time to make travel arrangements, therefore, send out your invitations approximately ten to twelve weeks before the wedding.

The downside to having a destination wedding is the fact that many of your guests will not be able to afford the time or the money to share your special day with you. If this is the case, have a party when you return for all your friends and relatives who could not attend.

Planning a local destination wedding?

Local hot spots for destination weddings include Cape weddings, such as Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, or Rhode Island weddings, such as Newport or Block Island. There are advantages to planning a Cape wedding or Newport wedding. Applying for a marriage license can be easy and you don't have to worry about whether the marriage will be recognized in the States and local guests don't have to pay a fortune to attend. Downfall? The Newport or Cape Wedding resort may not plan every aspect for you. Check with your local Newport or Cape wedding facilities to see what they do provide for your destintation wedding.