5 Reasons to Ditch the All-Inclusive Destination Wedding
1. Flexible timing
When it comes to getting all of your favourite people in one place, it requires some flexibility. All-inclusive packages often have set arrival and departure dates and this can force your guests to fit their travels into a specific time frame. Life gets busy with work, kids, vacations and a million other commitments. If you are going to ask your family and friends to use their vacation time and travel a distance to attend your wedding, keep things flexible for them. Plan events on a few concentrated days and that way people can plan around a couple specific days but have some flexibility on when they get into town and when they depart to head back home.
2. Family dynamics
Family dynamics can play a big role in the type of destination wedding you plan. Today you will be hard pressed to find a family that isn't blended one way or another. While we're sure that your divorced parents are happy to mingle and spend time together when celebrating your wedding day, it may not be their idea of a good time to go on vacation with their ex-spouse for an entire week. An all-inclusive resort basically traps everyone on an island together. No but seriously, that's basically what you're doing. Consider picking a destination where people have more space, they can spend time together if they like but they can also head off and explore on their own if their heart desires.
While we can't argue that the all-you-can-eat buffet and unlimited drinks can an enticing part of the all-inclusive experience, we can't help but feel that you really don't experience the culture and pulse of a place unless you avoid the resort. Choose a destination and accommodation that allows your guests to immerse themselves in the music, food, art, architecture, traditions and local experience. Take it upon yourself to plan pre/post wedding events that show them the things you love most about this place.
4. Share an experience you love as a couple
Host your wedding at a destination that has some sentimental meaning to you as a couple. Maybe it's where you went for your first trip together. Perhaps it's a place you both fell in love with and you want to share that experience with the people you love. Whatever the reason, choose a destination for your wedding that holds some meaning to you as a couple.
5. Pick a bucket list location
If you're going to ask your loved ones to spend their time and money to travel for your wedding, make it worth their while! Choose a destination that is a popular bucket list location. Yes, of course your wedding is reason enough for them to pack their bags and hop on a plane but how amazing if you also choose a destination many of your friends and family have been dying to travel to?!
Bottom line: choose a kick-ass location and make sure you guests get the chance to explore and experience something new!