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6 Types of Venues You'll Find When Planning a Destination Wedding

From giant all-inclusive resorts to tiny boutique hotels.

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Photography by: Amaranth Photography

Planning a destination wedding is no small feat. Once you consider the time zone change, language barriers, differences in communication style, and pace of getting the planning done, it's easy to see how a "simple" island wedding can be more stressful than you'd ever imagined. Picking the right venue from the start helps ensure the entire planning process goes smoothly. And since you'll come across a variety of different venue options as you being your search, we're taking a look at the common types of properties you'll find—including which types of venues are good choices, and which you should shy away from.

 

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The too-good-to-be-true option.

Often spotted in the form of a cool cabana collection, huge loft space, or gorgeous old castle, there are plenty of venues out there that seem perfect in pictures but don't quite live up in person. Whether they have a really creative marketing team that hired a too-talented photographer to make the space appear larger than it is, or they failed to mention their inconvenient location near a busy train station, there could be a number of reasons why a venue doesn't fit the bill after all. Hence the importance of a site visit. Prior to signing a contract with your venue, be sure to visit the location in-person with your fiancé. This way you'll understand exactly what you're getting into.

The venue with impeccable service.

Top-notch service is a dream-come-true when planning a destination wedding, so any hotel or venue that is known for stellar hospitality, has a great view, and ample space to host your guests should be at the top of the list. You can always dress up a venue to your liking, but service level is something that would be difficult to change if it's not ingrained in the existing policies.

The venue that isn't finished yet.

Ongoing construction is something that hotels and wedding venues don't typically mention on their websites, but it could definitely have an impact on your guests' stay during the weekend. If rooms will be unfinished or if construction could result in noise disturbances during your ceremony, it might be best to skip this venue and go with your runner-up, no matter how spectacular the finished product is slated to be. No one likes waking up to the beeping sounds of a forklift.

The all-inclusive resort.

Some people love the all-inclusive experience because they know exactly what they're getting into. If you're a fan of this style of standardized beach hotel, go ahead and book your wedding at one that works with your budget and travel needs. Planning a wedding at an all-inclusive is usually a fairly simple process, as many of these resorts offer one-stop planning solutions. You really do just have to select a menu and some flower colors and they do the rest for you. Easy peasy.

The venue that communicates poorly.

Cringe-worthy as it may seem, there are venues all over the world that operate year-round with poor communication on the part of the wedding coordinator. If you note from the beginning that your rep isn't returning calls or emails in a timely manner, you may want to rethink your decision to host your wedding here. Months of frustrated planning aren't good for anyone.

The best option available.

After visiting wide-open fields, private estates, luxury hotels, rooftops, loft spaces, or barns, every couple ends up doing the best they can to choose from the options that work within their unique set of needs. It's not always the venue with the best food or the best view that wins, but it always help to see a few options in-person before officially signing on board with the best one.

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