Why We’re Having a Destination Wedding

by | Inspired Plans, Inspired Words, Weddings



In November 2012, I will be marrying my the man of my dreams, my best friend in the world. And like so many other Aussies these days, we have decided to break tradition and get married overseas.

There are several reasons why getting married locally is not for us. Firstly, because we both grew up in different parts of the country, in totally different states, a lot of our friends and family are scattered across Australia . We also have a lot of friends internationally, in America, Canada and the UK, none of which we could imagine getting married without them being there. Finally, being avid travellers, we are constantly looking for “excuses” to plan another trip abroad. We visited Fiji as a stop-over from the USA in 2010 and fell in love with the laid-back attitude of the locals, and the incredibly romantic scenery.  So we thought, if we need to choose a location, why not choose somewhere neutral, new, exciting, tropical and exotic? Why not make a holiday out of it?!

To us, a destination wedding means extending the celebrations beyond the 45 minute ceremony (or it seems, some are even shorter these days) and more than just a reception afterwards. Instead, our closest friends and family (not every single cousin, uncle or great aunt) will be joining us for 5 nights in the intimate Wananavu Resort (and yes, this is all on a budget), to celebrate love and friendship, and to all enjoy a well overdue holiday! The idea of having everyone together in one place (with our photographer from Tamiz Photography there to capture every moment), gives me chills of excitement just thinking about it! And although I’m not naive enough to think that there won’t be any stress on the day, I like to think that being on-site for a couple of days prior (and enjoying a few choice cocktails and some intensive pool time) is going to make it a hell of a lot easier to deal with it.

A destination wedding is not for everyone.  Be warned: your best friend, your grandmother, your family dog all may not be able to come. Not everyone will have the funds (or annual leave time) to join you. You may not be able to visit the venue first, so you’ll have to instill a tonne of faith in your coordinator/planner/hotel manager, who could very well be over the other side of the world, and you’ll need to be very organised. On top of all this, and it might not come as a surprise, but people will tell you that you’re being selfish, and question your motives (um, hello, whose wedding is it anyway?).

So remember this, in fact, think of it as your golden rule as it applies to everything when planning your wedding: this day, this very special and sacred day, believe it or not, is about you and your man. So above all, make the decision that’s right for you. Although we care about our friends and family, it is impossible to please everyone, and in trying to do so, you might find that you are failing to fulfill your own needs and will end up regretting your choices. After all, how many people do you know that have said about their own weddings, “if we could do it again, we’d elope”? For us, we’re confident we’ve made the right choice. Bring on 2012, I say!

More updates on our destination wedding coming soon!

MsProcrastin8 x

All images courtesy of the fabulous Tamiz Photography

Ms Gingham says: OK so not everyone will be able to come but personally my thoughts are that culling the guest list down (unintentionally of course) isn’t always such a bad thing. Especially when you get to spend the leadup to your wedding day lounging by the pool and drinking cocktails with your best friends.

Katie aka MsProcrastin8: Sydney, Australia, Blogger @ Ultimate Katie Blog; procrastinator; list writer; dreamer; planner; student; wife.

  • Carmella says:
    January 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Your destination weddding sounds like it will be a wonderful occassion. It would be wonderful to be kept updated with regular blogs so I can imagine myself experiencing what those lucky enough to be invited will be experiencing..Good luck and may your day be all that you imagine it will be.

  • Steph {bubblerock} says:
    January 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    We had a mini destination wedding (ie, not in our home town) and to be honest, it felt just too close haha. I agree: being able to extend the celebration to more than just a day, especially when you don’t get to catch up and hang out with people you love so often? I think your guests will thank you for that and for the memories they will be able to make, also thanks to you! Good luck!

  • Louise says:
    January 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Great post Katie!! My hubby and I got married in Fiji in October last year and absolutely had a blast. All our guests raved to us that it was the best wedding they had ever been too!! Highly recommend it to anyone!!

    • amelia says:
      December 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Hi there.. Congratulation..
      Do you mind send me the information of your wedding planner? Thanks a lot..

      • Jonathon says:
        March 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

        The wedding planner we used for our destination wedding in Fiji was Chelsea from chelseajayneweddings.com.au

        She was fantastic.

  • Kerry says:
    January 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I am absolutely loving your blog!! Going through it all now. If you get a chance you can take a peak at mine 🙂


  • Clare says:
    January 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Katie, it’s going to be the best wedding EVER! I’m so excited. How much fun will it be to have all our favourite people on a holiday together? Pool time, beach time, cocktails and then to finish off we get to witness two such wonderful people profess their undying love for each other!!

    ~ Clare x

  • Fiona says:
    January 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, it could not have come at a more perfect time! I am newly engaged and currently starting to think about our wedding planning and after reading this post i am inspired about a destination wedding, Cocktails & Sunsets – its got our name written all over it ! Good luck with your wedding Katie and cant wait to see the pictures !!

  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    January 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The one and only destination wedding I’ve been to was completely awesome! Not only did we have a brilliant time with the other guests but the hen’s evening was spent overlooking the harbour on a tropical island surrounded by tiki torches and the night before the wedding the groom and assorted guests drank cheap beer in the pool from the pool bar.

    Then we danced on the sand under the rain, watched fireworks and watched the groom serenade his bride while she was standing under a palm tree.

    It was magical and I am going to be in heaven reading your plans!

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  • Katie says:
    April 16, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Hey Ms Procrastin8,

    I’m really interested to know how your big day went and what your guests’ feedback was. I am getting married in Fiji in September. Your blog sounds like my own thoughts exactly!

    Hope to hear from ya,

    🙂 (another) Katie

    • MsProcrastin8 says:
      April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks for your comment. My wedding photos will be on the blog very very soon, so stay tuned! Can’t wait to hear about your wedding – you’re going to love Fiji. It is ah-maz-ing and honestly, the most perfect place for a wedding. Have you thought about blogging about your wedding on Polka Dot Bride?

      ~ Katie aka MsProcrastin8

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  • Francis says:
    May 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    We were married in Koh Samui Thailand, great wedding, fabulous location, best fun ever, but the best part of it now are the sensational photos taken by a young lady who lives there.
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    February 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Amazing location!



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