Should You Have A Long Island Destination Wedding?

Gettig married on the beach in NY

When planning your wedding, deciding on a venue is one of the first decisions you will make, followed by the wedding photographer and a long list of other vendors. As you’re searching through the options and open dates, there is one question you may find yourself wavering over. The popular Clash song lyrics, “Should I stay or should I go now?” It accurately iterates the dilemma that the potential of a destination wedding presents many couples. While destination weddings are becoming more and more popular, they also are quite a costly commitment. In order to make an informed decision for your big day, check out the pros and cons we’ve laid out for you.


Photo Opportunities: Most couples choose to pursue a destination wedding because of the opportunity to have a beautiful and unique scenic ceremony and reception venue that is unlike anything in their own town. A destination wedding is a photographer’s dream.  Especially mine if you decide to have your wedding in NY! It is perfect for stunning shots on the beach or with exotic landmarks. It’s hard not to get excited thinking about it.   Whether you want to have your ceremony just off the shore, or the Windows on the Lake, your Long Island Wedding Photographer can document your big day!

But if New York isn’t for you there are certainly other options.  You and your future husband can chat about what is most important.

Special Place in Your Heart: Another pro of a destination wedding is the opportunity to choose a location that carries meaning for you and your partner, such as the first trip you went on together. If you and your partner have always dreamed of traveling, the destination that you choose will serve as a special place of romance if you ever return for an anniversary. Traveling to a new location for a destination wedding also is the perfect symbolism for starting your new journey as a married couple.

Immediate Honeymoon: If you host a destination wedding, there’s no need to travel for your honeymoon. Instead, your sweet vacation time can begin right after your wedding.

More Intimate: While some may view the fact that destination weddings have less guests as a con, the closeness that a smaller head count offers is truly special. With a destination wedding, you are sharing the best vacation experience of your life with the people who mean the most to you.

Just married couple kissing on the swing off the beach


Costly: One of the biggest bummers of a destination wedding is how expensive they can be. Not only will you have to pay for the traditional costs of a wedding, but you will also have to cover the cost of airfare and lodging.  But even after all of this, you still may be saving money when compared to a more formal and large local wedding.

Complicated Coordination: Destination weddings require a greater amount of responsibility when it comes to your guests, as you have to coordinate their travel plans and lodging. There may also be difficulty with guests having to take time off of work, leaving the possibility of a family member missing out on the celebration. Depending on where you choose to host your destination wedding, there can also be some trouble with marriage license coordination. It’s best to speak with a destination wedding specialist about the legality of your celebration before booking your big day.

As you and your partner weigh out the pros and cons of a destination wedding, remember that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can yield unforgettable memories and amazing portraits. If you are up for a little coordination and a smaller guest list, a destination wedding may be the perfect way to celebrate.