Planning the Perfect Destination Wedding

Main Line experts offer tips on when, where and how to have a getaway wedding.

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See also "When and Where to Say 'I Do.'"

Granted, the beach is quite a dramatic departure from a chapel’s center aisle. But that hasn’t stopped destination weddings from becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples planning an outside-the-box celebration.

“They’re an affordable alternative,” says Tim Mullen, senior vice president of Apple Vacations in Newtown Square, “especially during the traditional times when catering and event sites are booked—namely May, September, October and June.”

Just how affordable? “The packages we see people buying these days are the all-inclusives,” Mullen says. “By their nature, everything is built in, though you might pay a little extra for the cake and additional staff. You can have a wedding at a five-star hotel for $30-$60 a head—and that’s for everything.”

While those figures sound impressive enough, there are a few things to consider—and it begins with the guest list. If it can’t be pared down to 70 guests at most—including the bridesmaids and groomsmen—forget it. “Anything more than 100 people is just too many to handle,” Mullen says. “You have to consider the air and ground logistics, since you’d have people flying in from all over. Then it becomes a matter of how many rooms you need and how many are actually available. From the agent and hotel’s perspective, 50 is the best number.”

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