Destination Wedding or Local Wedding: Which One is for You?

by | Mar 6, 2023 | Weddings

Choosing the perfect setting for your wedding is one of the first and most significant decisions you’ll make in your planning process. The venue sets the tone for your entire celebration and naturally, you want it to be perfect.

One question that often arises for couples planning their wedding is whether to opt for a destination wedding or a local celebration. Both options have their unique charm and advantages but in recent years, destination weddings have emerged as a popular choice for couples seeking a memorable and more intimate experience.

Before we dive into the pros and cons of each, it’s essential to remember that the right choice depends on your personal preferences, budget and vision for your special day.

The Charm of Local Weddings

Local weddings offer comfort and familiarity, which can be incredibly appealing.

They’re often more convenient for guests and provide a sense of ease as you’re familiar with local vendors, venues and customs.

A local wedding can also make logistics easier, from planning to execution, as you can meet with your vendors in person, and everything is within reach.

This familiarity can often mean less stress and fewer unexpected surprises along the way.

However, local weddings can sometimes feel less unique, particularly if you’ve grown up attending weddings in the same venues and locations. They can also turn into larger affairs if you feel obligated to invite distant relatives, co-workers and acquaintances due to proximity.

The Magic of Destination Weddings

Destination weddings, on the other hand, offer an entirely different experience. Imagine saying ‘I do’ on a sun-drenched Spanish beach, in a charming Andalusian village or at a historic villa overlooking rolling vineyards.

Choosing a destination wedding means you’re not just planning a wedding, but a unique experience – a vacation-like celebration that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

These weddings often double as holidays for you and your guests, providing a chance to unwind, relax and truly savour the celebration. They are typically more intimate affairs, with closer family and friends making up the guest list.

Moreover, destination weddings in countries like Spain can be surprisingly cost-effective. Venues and services are often competitively priced compared to major cities in the UK or Ireland. And, considering you’re combining your wedding and honeymoon, you might find a destination wedding can be a savvy choice.

The downside? Organising a wedding from afar can seem daunting. It might be more challenging to visit your chosen venue or meet with suppliers in person. And there’s the consideration of travel for your guests.

Why Destination Weddings Win Our Hearts

We understand these concerns, but we also believe in the magic of a destination wedding, especially when it’s planned right.

Despite seeming overwhelming at first, the planning process of a destination wedding can be a beautiful journey.

It’s an opportunity to work closely with local experts, who offer deep knowledge about the location, customs, and the best local vendors.

With the right team on your side, you can rest assured knowing your wedding is being managed with the utmost care, freeing you to dream about your special day, rather than stress over the little details.

In our experience, the unique charm and intimate setting of a destination wedding often outweigh the comfort of familiarity that a local wedding offers.

It’s about creating an unforgettable experience, not just for you, but for every guest attending. The joy and memories from a destination wedding extend far beyond the wedding day itself, often leading to shared stories and reminiscing for years to come.

Your Journey To A Perfect Destination Wedding

When you choose a destination wedding, you’re choosing to embark on an adventure and we’re here to make that journey as smooth and joyful as possible.

Based in the beautiful landscapes of southern Spain, we blend our passion for crafting personalised weddings with a deep commitment to trust and transparency.

A destination wedding in Spain promises an unforgettable blend of culture, natural beauty and exceptional gastronomy. It’s an adventure for the senses and a celebration of love that stands out from the ordinary.

The bottom line? The choice between a local wedding and a destination wedding is deeply personal. But if you’re dreaming of a unique, intimate, and memorable experience, a destination wedding might just be the perfect choice. And remember, with the right support, your dream wedding – wherever it may be – is just within reach.

If you’re ready to take the next step and start planning your special day or, if you have any questions, get in touch. We would really love to hear from you!

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Alexandra Waters

I'm Alexandra, Co-founder and lead Event Planner at Evently Spain. Hailing from Llandudno, UK, and now based in Frigiliana, Spain, my journey into event planning began after my own challenging wedding experience. Determined to prevent others from facing similar disappointments, I infuse every event with dedication and precision. My diverse background, from IT to catering, enriches my approach, ensuring every detail is spot on. When not orchestrating memorable events, I'm a mother, wife, avid traveler, and crochet enthusiast, constantly seeking inspiration. Entrust your event to me, and witness the blend of passion and expertise I bring to each celebration.