Should I do a destination wedding?

When you start planning your wedding, the choices you have to make can be overwhelming. Should you get married in your hometown or a fancy vacation location? Maybe you always secretly dreamed about having a wedding ceremony on the beach. Or in a beautiful forest that just doesn’t exist close to where you live? A destination wedding can be anything from a resort in another country to a just a lake that is a couple hours away.

We have covered weddings all over the world, in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and in a lot of states in the US like New York, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Last season one of my two favorite weddings were at Lake Placid and the one below in the Hudson Valley. While it is of course fun for us to cover your wedding at a more exotic location here are some pros and cons about wether you should opt for a destination wedding.

Wedding Photography below at Meadow Ridge Farm in Hudson, NY

The best part about traveling somewhere for you wedding is that anyone who follows you there, really cares for you. For example in Mexico there were about 40 people who all spend a short vacation with the couple. That means they had the chance to see their most important people in life for multiple days instead of just a couple of hours. That aspect is the best part about having a destination wedding besides having incredible sceneries that you didn't have in your backyard.

So why even bother getting married where you live? First of all it makes things a lot easier. No packing your bags worrying about the weight because you don’t need to bring them on a plane. You can also talk to most of your vendors in person which will make it easier to work together on the big day. And choosing your hometown for your wedding also means you can proudly present it to out of town guests. Nothing better than giving them new, fantastic memories about Buffalo, NY to make them appreciate this amazing area in the future.

So, of course I can’t really answer the questions for you, I just wanted to share my experience with you. The wedding in the Hudson Valley you can see below, is the perfect in between. The couple lived in NYC at the time, so the drive to Hudson, NY wasn't too long. It still feels completely different and more relaxed than any wedding in New York City could have been. So maybe that is the answer to the question, just pick a destination that is close enough that not all your guests need to fly there.

Stefan Ludwig

Journalist. Photographer. Videographer.