BY MAR JENNINGS
First you have to decide if it will just be the two of you or if you are planning to invite friends and family. If you go the first route you have to ask yourself if it is going to crush your loved ones to not be a part of your special day. If you plan to invite others is it a reasonably priced destination and do the people you are including have the funds and time to join you? That said, the destination does not have to be the Caribbean or an island in the Pacific; it can be somewhere that is driving distance away that has special significance to both of you both. For example, it could be where you met, where your grandmother lives, or the place you took your first road trip together.
If you do choose to have your wedding a plane flight away, you must consider the logistics of planning a long-distance wedding. Yikes! Be prepared to make multiple trips as well as spend a lot of time on the phone and on the computer. You will have to make sure you have a trusted contact there that can oversee things until you arrive.
If you don’t want to hassle with the planning there are many travel companies that have package weddings. This is a great option if it is just the two of you or a very small wedding party.
Whether you decide to travel far away or stay close to home be sure the destination fits your lifestyle and budget and will be conducive to the number of guests you plan to have. Don’t invite people unless you enjoy their company. There is nothing worse than traveling with high maintenance people who require a lot of attention. Of course, anyone who has legitimate special needs, such as Grandma and Grandpa, don’t count.