Having a destination wedding is such a popular thing to do these days. I mean really how fun, to run off and get married and invite friends and family. A few weekends ago, Boss Man and I were invited to a lovely destination wedding in beautiful horse country Santa Ynez, California. For us it was a short 2 and half hour drive and we were able to enjoy the ocean view on our way up as we ducked into the little town of Santa Ynez. The bride and groom were amazing, they had every detail taken care. The wedding was held at a lovely winery, a perfect evening, unless…
Unless you live on the other side of the country, this could complicate things a bit, but still worth it. If you can make it, it is worth the travel. As I mentioned travel for us was not far, but it still had it’s challenges such as busy southern California traffic which delayed us about 1 hour and caused some stress but we made it to beautiful horse country.
When planning a wedding there is always the question of…should or can children come to the wedding. Depending on who you ask, you will get different advice and opinions. Sadly we had to present to the wedding childless but on the other hand it was a nice reason to take a break from our day to day life with a little one and get away and have some adult time.
Destination weddings are exciting! Except when you have some special considerations due to health or limited mobility. Sometimes what is not realized by a bride and groom is grandma and grandpa might not be as young as they once were and getting to a far off destination can be a daunting task. An elderly woman at the wedding almost cancelled her trip, bless her heart, she felt over whelmed just getting packed up, she was afraid she would leave some item of utmost importance at home and lugging her oxygen unit was no fun. She said she was so pleased to be there once she was there, but it was the getting there that was no fun.
Lastly, one more thing to consider for your guests if you are planning a destination wedding is cost. Guests will most likely need to have hotel accommodations, and while food will be served at the wedding itself, one will need to purchase most likely a meal or two on their own.
Overall I think having a destination wedding is romantic, charming and adds a sense of adventure to a wedding but it is important to consider all yours guests and their unique needs. I felt blessed to be at this wedding and truly had a great time, I love to travel but it is not for everyone, I thought I would just throw this out there, what are your thoughts on destination weddings? Would love to hear your thoughts or experiences. Until next time happy, healthy trails!