Destination weddings have become increasingly popular in the last few years. For those that want to have a smaller wedding of around 50 people, it is even more popular. A destination wedding for 50 guests allows the couple to plan a wedding away from home and invite their closest friends and family members. In the end, it feels like a vacation full of bonding and special memories too.
There are many resorts that offer destination wedding packages and on-site planners that can help you to create the wedding of your dreams. Some of the most popular locations for destination weddings for 50 guests include Mexico, Hawaii, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. Follow below as we go into further detail, in this 3-part look into destination weddings for specific guest list sizes, starting with groups of 50:
In addition to planning a great vacation and a wedding, planning a destination wedding for 50 guests offers quite a few advantages over a traditional wedding. Many people choose to have a destination wedding because they are actually cheaper than traditional weddings. They are more relaxed and don’t hold as much pressure. You don’t need to spend as much money on dresses, flowers, food, and locations if you do not want to – though you certainly can. Depending on where you have your wedding, the number of guests that you have can allow for free accommodations.
Destination weddings tend to be more romantic and exciting than a traditional wedding. There is just something about being in an exotic location with the people you love dearest. It can also reduce some of the stress – many resorts have wedding planners that handle the details that many modern couples don’t want to deal with during planning. Even if they are concerned with the details, there may be fewer choices to make or a more streamlined process for all of those little choices.
A destination wedding can be one of the best ways for a couple to start their lives together. However, there are many questions that come with planning a wedding of this size.
Where should we go for a destination wedding for 50 people?
There are tons of options for destination weddings of 50 people. The destination should be a place where you want to have your wedding for whatever reason – it could be a place you love, a place you want to go, or a place where you have roots. You should always consider where the majority of your guests are traveling from, and what their budget will look like for the travel and room costs.
Who pays for a destination wedding?
Traditionally, the bride’s family will pay for a wedding. However, this isn’t the case with destination weddings. Most often, couples will pay for the event themselves and guests pay for their portion of the flight and travel. With destination weddings, you can get some great deals depending on the size of your guest list, and in the number of how many guests choose to stay at your chosen resort.
When should we let people know we are having a destination wedding?
For weddings of around 50 people, where most of the people going are close friends and family members of the couple, it is important to give advance notice. Generally, 6 to 8 months is a good timeline for weddings of this size. For 50 people, you don’t always have to worry about hotels and resorts filling up, but the capacity of your resort is something to consider. By placing a deposit upfront, guests will lock in their room rate, and then they can pay off the total cost over time.
Who plans and coordinates destination weddings?
For all-inclusive resorts, you will have a dedicated wedding department and a coordinator. They will arrange everything for your destination wedding, and who will offer you selections so you can pick out which decor and venue you would like for your big day.
There are certain wedding venues that are perfect for those that have around 50 guests. Check out some of the suggestions below:
Caribbean: Hotel Palace Aruba, Royalton Saint Lucia
Mexico: Dreams Riviera Cancun, Sandos Finisterra
Jamaica: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, RIU Ocho Rios
Dominican Republic: NOW Larimar Punta Cana, Royalton Punta Cana
Central America: Dreams Las Mareas, RIU Guanacaste
Hawaii: The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Turtle Bay Resort
At the end of the day, planning a destination wedding for 50 guests can be one of the best decisions you will ever make – it will allow you to personalize your wedding to your tastes but allow for extra help in the planning stages so the stress of a traditional wedding will be excluded.
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