If your friend or family member is getting married, it’s natural to want to be there for him or her and help add to the celebration of this momentous occasion. However, if your loved one is considering holding a destination wedding, you may be worried about how you’re going to make everything work together so that you can be there for the event. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make this potentially burdensome celebration be something a little more manageable. To show you how, here are three tips for traveling to someone’s destination wedding.
Know What You’ll Be Paying For
Before you decide whether you will or won’t be able to make it, it’s good to know just how much of a financial toll this destination wedding is going to take on your bank account. According to Venus Wong, a contributor to Refinery29.com, many bridal parties will just pay for their own wedding and reception. However, some will also pay for lodging in whatever country or city their wedding is taking place. Generally, you’ll have to pay for your own travel expenses and things like food and incidentals. So to see if this trip is something you can actually afford, talk to the bride or groom about what the guests are responsible for paying for.
Turn It Into Your Own Vacation
If you’re wanting a way to justify to yourself making this big trip for someone else’s wedding, a great thing you can consider is turning the whole experience into a vacation for yourself. According to Stephanie Flores, a contributor to JustHaves.com, it’s often more fun for you if you can use your loved one’s wedding as an excuse to take a little vacation for yourself. Consider coming into the destination a few days early so you can explore or just take some time alone or with your significant other. Especially if the destination is somewhere you’ve wanted to visit, it’s a good idea to plan time for yourself outside of the wedding festivities so you can truly enjoy the ceremony and reception without wishing you could be exploring instead.
Be Aware Of The Gift Situation
When you’re already going to be traveling somewhere for a wedding, the idea of giving gifts can get a little tricky. If you’re still planning to get a wedding gift for the new couple, Alex Van Buren, a contributor to Travel and Leisure, recommends that you just send the gift directly to their home so they don’t have to worry about bringing it back with them. However, if you can’t afford to give a big gift and come to the wedding, giving a smaller gift is perfectly fine. And in some cases, you can tell the bride and groom that your presence at the celebration is your gift to them.
If you’re concerned about a destination wedding you’ve been invited to, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you make this trip something to look forward to rather than something to dread.