There is something alluring about the thought of having a destination wedding. Far away from reality, the natural beauty of the ocean or the mountains surrounding you, it sounds like the dream wedding of many people.
When it comes to our wedding day, we all want it to be the best, the most spectacular and the most memorable. And yes, we all have different definitions of what these things are. I personally think that your wedding day should represent you as a couple, more than just bunch of traditions strung together.
In my case, a wedding that represented both myself and my husband would be shown in the location. The ocean is a big part of both our lives and right from the start we knew that our wedding was to take place somewhere by the water. Living in Brisbane, a city built around a river, we had to look a bit further out to find that beautiful bit of coastline. Wanting to still stay close to home, our destination of choice was North Stradbroke Island.
Located within Moreton Bay, North Stradbroke Island is not too far from Brisbane and is a very popular spot for weddings, however as it is accessed via ferry it falls into the category of destination wedding.
There are a few things that generally categorise a destination wedding. Firstly they are a little less traditional, they focus on the romance and intimacy of a smaller event, and they take place in some stunning locations. They also can be a little more difficult to plan yourself as the location is not nearby and it can be harder to sample different vendors, often relying on the recommendation of the reception venue.
There are a few things to consider when thinking about a destination wedding. Firsty, provide as much help as you can for guests looking for transport and accommodation, and think about transport of services such as cake and flowers. I chose to use silk flowers as I wasn’t able to get fresh flowers on the island for the day. If you can get to the location before your wedding day, book in hair/make up trials, food sampling and anything else into the one trip. It will save you time and money and you won’t have any surprises on the day.
Lastly, don’t forget to think about your costs. Often destination weddings can be a cheaper option as some places do wedding packages, you can stay on for your honeymoon, and less guests attend. In saying this, they can also easily blow out as you may be more limited in your vendor options and have to consider transport/delivery costs. There is a destination wedding for every budget, so work out what that is before deciding on location.
Despite the beautiful location there are a few down sides to destination weddings. Being far away often means you have less control becoming more reliant on a wedding planner, and most likely some family members won’t come because of the distance. There are others as well but I think the main thing to remember is that no matter where you choose to have your wedding there will be negatives of some kind and people will be unable to attend so don’t let this deter you from having your dream location.
When it comes time to choose a wedding location there are so many factors to consider, but for me it was actually the easiest decision to make during the whole process. It was a spot that represented us as a couple and combined a joint love of the ocean and the outdoors, it also ended up costing less than many other venues, plus we got to have the ceremony, photos and reception all in the one beautiful location.
For more information on a destination wedding on North Stradbroke Island view the wedding guide on the Stradbroke Island Holidays website, it was a real help to me when I was planning.
The photos in this post were taken by Ray Williams Photography who I cannot recommend enough. Be sure to check out his website for some destination wedding inspiration, mine included!
Have you had, or been to a destination wedding?