(Closed) What makes a wedding a destination wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: What defines a wedding as being a 'destination wedding'?
    must be an international location : (3 votes)
    5 %
    must be a tropical location or international location : (6 votes)
    9 %
    I don't live there (nor can I drive there) : (4 votes)
    6 %
    my fiance and I don't live there (nor can we drive there) : (10 votes)
    16 %
    a place where we don't live and our families do not live (nor can we drive there) : (29 votes)
    45 %
    anywhere not in the same city that I live in : (12 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 4
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    It seems like people use it to mean a city that they and most of their guests don’t live in.  No restrictions on driving though (which is why I didn’t vote).  Our wedding is a 6-hour drive for us, a lot of our friends and my fiance’s family.  It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive for my parents and most of their friends.  The rest of our guests live between 2 1/2 and 8 hours away (obviously some of them might fly, but it’s also 2 hours from a major airport).  So even though everyone’s driving, I consider it destination, because literally only one of our guests actually lives in the town where the wedding is.

    ETA – even though it’s only 2 hours away for some people, everyone will need to stay in a hotel and will probably come out the day before for the rehearsal dinner and other festivities.  So it’s a weekend away from home, which in my mind makes it a destination.  No one will get dressed, leave their house, drive to the wedding, drive home at the end of the night, and sleep in their own bed.  (At least I highly doubt it.)

    Post # 5
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    to me, a dw is one where the couple doesn’t live or has ever lived, nor where there families live.

    Post # 6
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I didn’t vote b/c I didn’t know what made most sense with my answer.

    My definition changed after I started planning my wedding. I’m getting married in Charleston, SC. Not international and not my home town. FH’s family lives within easy driving distance and its where we met/fell in love/ and lived for 5 years, its also where we plan to move back to eventually.

    I didn’t consider it a destination wedding at first but then certain people started calling it that so I started calling it a semi-destination because 90% of the guests have to travel. It’s not on the beach and its not tropical. I know it is a destination city for weddings but we chose it because of the attachment we have to it and the fact that a large portion of our guests would have to travel regardless of where we held the wedding.

    Post # 7
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

    I second Miss OBG. It really means that you and your guests are traveling somewhere you don’t live. The thing that really sets a destination wedding apart is having a bunch of people who travel and stay with you in a location. The things you do like welcome parties and such are different from a standard wedding.

    Post # 9
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Im with Mrs Meerkat – a Destination Wedding is one where the majority of your guests and you and your Fiance are traveling to get to. Our wedding was in Georgia, 10 hours from us. Yes, we could drive there but we considered it destination since the only people that lived nearby were DHs parents. Everyone else had to drive at least 1 hour but the majority of guests traveled by plane to get there!

    Post # 10
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If I have to handle all of my wedding details via fax, phone, and e-mail then I consider that a destination wedding. I am getting married 3 hours away from where I live and I am coordinating everything from a distance or either taking days off from work to go take care of stuff (b/c some things you can’t do on the weekend). 

    Post # 11
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @Coloradolov: Yeah I mean, in this day and age with people moving so far from home for school and jobs, and making friends everywhere they go, most weddings have this vibe.  That’s why I’m always astonished when people say most of their guests are local, because I can’t imagine that!

    My wedding is also in a vacation town that is a “destination” of sorts, but like june42011, I kind of consider mine semi-destination, and I think most weddings are going that way.  Just look at all of the bees making Out of Town bags, even the ones getting married in their own hometowns!

    ETA – I definitely think something like Miss Pancakes getting married in a villa in Costa Rica is different than those of us getting married in a town a few hours away, so I guess I agree that there should be a third term to use.  I’m going with “semi-destination.”

    Post # 14
    4770 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I see so many posts of people saying we drove 2.5 hours to get to our destination wedding.  Def not a destination wedding. 

    I think a destination wedding is this exactly:

    a place where we don’t live and our families do not live (nor can we drive there)

    If you can drive there and back in one day then you are not having a DW!

    Post # 15
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t think “destination wedding” has anything to do with where guests live in relation to the location.  I think it is just about the B&G.

    Destination wedding to me is a wedding in a location where neither the bride or groom lives nor has ever lived.  Basically a location where the bride or groom have never resided but was chosen for some other reason.

    For example – I’m from IN and lived there until I went to college.  I had my wedding there even though not one of my friends lives in IN and Darling Husband and I now live in TX.  But I didn’t consider it a destination wedding (even though Darling Husband and I and most of our guests had to travel) because it’s where I’m from and my parents still live there.

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