These Horror Stories Will Make You Think Twice About Having A Destination Wedding

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Destination weddings sound like a great idea. You and your significant other get to travel somewhere beautiful and say, "I do." What could be cuter?! No wonder one out of every four weddings is a destination wedding. Both brides and grooms see the allure in making their wedding a mini-vacation for themselves and their guests. Having said that, there's always going to be drama; whether the wedding is in your own backyard or across the country. So, before you put any deposits down make sure you're aware of all the bad that can go wrong with a destination wedding. Here are five destination wedding stories that'll make you consider calling it quits and getting married at City Hall.

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Tricia, 35

"I was the first out of my friends to get married and my now husband and I thought it would be cool and different to have a destination wedding. We lived in Arizona at the time and decided to marry in Temecula, California at a vineyard. The place we chose provided a wedding planner who I spoke to only a little bit before the actual ceremony. The venue had packages we could choose, so there wasn't a ton of decision making and not really a reason to speak the wedding planner as much as one would for another type of ceremony. 

A couple days before the rehearsal wedding, we drove to California to enjoy ourselves and fine-tune any last minute details. I met up with the wedding planner in person for the first time the day before the rehearsal and she was a complete horror! The absolute worst. I hated her. Her tone was so annoying and although she was efficient, she was so condescending about everything. It was clear she hated every decision I made for the ceremony and reception. If I could've I would've fired her, but the venue hooked me up with her it was too late to change anything. I had to deal with her and it made things way more annoying than they needed to be. Once the wedding was over though I told her, in so many words, that I hated her and I felt better."

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Abby, 31

"A destination wedding sounded more romantic to me and it definitely was. I felt like I was in a fairytale. The negative part came after the wedding. The plan was to have our honeymoon right after we said our "I do's" in the same location we married. Our guests didn't leave though. Most of them took vacation days and stayed with us during what was supposed to be our honeymoon. Our family and friends were completely up our asses the entire time, wanting to do everything we were doing and go everywhere we were going. It didn't feel like a honeymoon at all."

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Brienne, 45

"My husband and I decided to have a destination wedding because it was our second marriage and we didn't want to have a lot of guests. The venue we picked was small and romantic. We only invited our family and really close friends. I didn't think I would ruffle any feathers by keeping the guest list short but people who weren't invited were pissed off at me. I received emails from old sorority sisters in college asking why they weren't invited. My great uncle's cousin even reached out to tell me he was hurt and 'disappointed' by my decision not to invite him. It was surprising that so many people were mad. It hurt my feelings that people were hurt and messed with my entire mood."

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Sarina, 29

"I was a guess at a destination wedding and for me, it was a horrible experience. The bride and groom decided to get married in Seattle in November. I guess it was cheaper for them. Still...the weather was horrible and getting around was unbearable. The wedding itself was fine. I still will never go to another destination wedding again unless the destination is a pretty and warm." 

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Christine, 30

"My fiancee and I decided to have a destination wedding because we wanted to save money and I thought it would be neat to have my wedding in the same place as my honeymoon. California. For the most part, I enjoyed the process. What I didn't enjoy was feeling like I had to travel back and forth from where I lived to where the wedding was going to be. I lived in Washington. The venue had packages but we had to taste the food to see what we wanted, taste the wine, and everything like that. I also wanted to see where the heck I was going to get married. I don't regret my decision but it would've been nice to have stayed nearby so I didn't feel like I had to travel so much to California. But maybe I was just a control freak who kept wanting to see the venue and talk to people in person."



Jordan White is a freelance writer and editor. She's a lover of all things chocolate and can usually be found lounging at the nearest coffee shop. She's based in Scottsdale, Arizona and hates the heat with a burning sensation. Her motto? "Obviously, yes!" 


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