Should Your Destination Wedding Be Themed? Pros and Cons

Should Your Destination Wedding Be Themed? Pros and Cons

There are several options for a wedding location and theme — having a gorgeous destination as the site of your wedding can take you to a place you’ve always wanted to go for this big day. The destination wedding is done away from home in other parts of the country or it can even be held in another country, although it may be tougher to get a large group of people there. Either way, it can be an exotic twist to the traditional wedding ceremony. Properly planned, destination weddings can be unforgettable mini-vacations for the bride, groom and the wedding guests. Your destination can also be the theme of your wedding, but will that take it over the top? Destination wedding are often done away from the home in exotic locations such as on a Hawaiian beach. Theme-based wedding decor in such locations can be the icing on the cake. But you’ll definitely have a more colorful backdrop at your destination than the more traditional wedding in a church, so will you really need a theme? If you’re headed to Hawaii, it may be tempting to have a Hawaiian theme to the decorations as well as the bridesmaid dresses, the bridal gown and all the other elements of your wedding. Consider the overall look you want it to have before committing to a theme — throwing in a touch of flavor inspired your location can make your wedding’s look fit into your destination, but too much may make it seem out of place. Family and friends may enjoy dressing to your theme, but it will take them additional preparation so let them know well ahead of the event what the theme will be. But letting them know months before is true for all destination weddings, where most will have to travel and should book travel arrangements in advance. However, themed destination weddings can be trickier to plan. When destination weddings are themed then the guests must carry their costumes if they are not typical attire. If the wedding guests or someone in the bridal party forgets a piece of themed clothing, it can be difficult to replace, especially in foreign countries. Themed destination weddings can also increase the overall cost, because of the additional elements required and more planning. If you are using a wedding planner on location, this will not be as much of an issue. Whether or not to have a theme for a destination wedding comes down to what the bride and groom decide is best.
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