Should You Plan An Off-Season Destination Wedding?

Destination weddings offer couples the chance to tie the knot in a more personal, often less stressful, and usually less expensive way. But should you plan your destination wedding for the off-season in its location? Here are a few pros and cons of this choice so you can make the right decision for your family. 

The Pros of Off-Season Destination Weddings

Probably the biggest reason to choose an off-season wedding in any location is to save money. With fewer bookings in less desirable months, many venues and vendors are willing to cut couples a better deal and offer bigger discounts. You will also likely have more choices — and with less lead time — about where to marry since you compete with fewer couples. 

However, don't overlook the value of being able to get married when you want to. Want to get married right away, but your area is all booked up? Choose a destination with a different cycle and benefit from the perks of better choice and costs there. 

The Cons of Off-Season Destination Weddings

Of course, that savings comes at the cost of less ideal weather in many cases. Each destination has its own off-season, so this could mean either warmer or colder temperatures than expected. That weather may also be unstable, meaning the couple must be flexible. 

You may also find that while there are more discounts to be had, not all venues and vendors are operating in the off-season. They may take the season off, for instance, or work in an area with a different seasonal cycle. So, again, couples need to be flexible and accommodating. 

Finally, remember that travel could be more complicated in the off-season. There is a reason it's a less popular time to go to that location. Weather is more likely to get in the way and some of your guests may not be keen to travel at that time. This is a good time for wedding and travel insurance, but that doesn't cover all potential problems. 

Where Can You Learn More?

Could an off-season destination wedding be the right call for you? Find out by touring or meeting with venues in destinations you like today. With their experience and local knowledge, they will help you choose the best spot to exchange vows with the one you love — no matter where it might end up being. 

Contact a local company to learn more about wedding venue options.