Bistro By The Sea - Morehead City, NC

Why a Destination Wedding Will Save Your Budget and Sanity

Once that solitaire diamond is slid onto the dainty little finger by a sweet, nervous beau, the bride realizes her time has come to plan the wedding she has been dreaming about. As the average price of a traditional wedding reaches $26,501, according to BRIDES 2011 American Wedding Survey, brides must create a budget and research the most viable options to keep that budget in check.

Traditional weddings can quickly force a couple over budget as the bride gets caught up in hometown familiarity: friends she’s known since childhood, the church she’s been attending since she was baptized, etc…

What’s the best way to minimize the guest list, focus on one another and leave the details to professionals? A destination wedding.

In 2011, one in every ten engaged couples chose to get out of town and celebrate their big day far away from coworkers and the guests they would be forced to invite. You know who they are? Those neighbors no one really gets along with but your mom would look bad if she invited everyone but them.

The number of destination weddings has increased 25% from 2009 and once you read the benefits of getting married away from home, you’ll be calling the Hampton Inn and Bistro By The Sea to book your hassle-free wedding ceremony on the Crystal Coast. Take note, with the increase in popularity, most advise brides book 10-15 months in advance to ensure you get your preferred weekend and vendors.

Budget Friendly – Once guests see the vows will be taking place a plane ride – or at least a long car drive – away, the “accept” list will pare down rapidly. This will leave you with fewer mouths to feed, as well as the understanding the people you are paying for are your dearest friends and family. The Hampton Inn Morehead City, adjacent to Bistro By The Sea, also offers group discount rates for guests, particularly if you’re allowing the Hampton Inn to host your wedding.  The happy couple is typically offered additional complimentary, or discounted, amenities to enjoy during their stay. Check with our conceirge for details.

Stress Reducer – When you’re having the wedding in your hometown you’re dealing with multiple vendors, shuffling from one to the other, as well as daily obligations. The Hampton Inn in Morehead City will provide their wedding planner who will handle all the details, allowing you to enjoy your vacation, as well as quality time with your guests. The wedding planner will be your liaison with the local vendors leaving no detail overlooked.

Vacation – Gone are the days of family and friends maintaining residence in the same city. Loved ones are scattered across the country and a destination wedding will provide the couple, as well as their friends and family, an opportunity to escape and relax. While I’m sure they would fly to simply attend your wedding, having it at a vacation spot gives them more bang for their buck. Not to mention, you and your new husband can stay at the hotel and explore the beach without having to pay for additional airfare for your honeymoon.

Uniquely You – Selecting a spot that speaks to you and your groom will make the day more special. Beach and tropical are the leading themes for weddings. Use this opportunity to incorporate your favorite items, scenery, foods or whatever made you feel compelled to choose this location. One of our favorite ideas for a beach themed wedding– instead of floral boutonnieres for the groomsmen, use small, white starfish.

A vacation should be a time you don’t want to end, just like your wedding. Combine the two and you have the ideal destination wedding. For information on how to plan your destination wedding on the Crystal Coast, call us today! We’re here to help your dream wedding come true.


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