Off Site Venue Advantages
I am so excited about this (new?) trend – seriously. There are so many off site wedding advantages! The idea of off site venues isn’t new, but it is rising in popularity FAST. Before, when a couple booked a consultation with me, it was almost assumed that they would get married at the resort they stayed at. This definitely seems like an easier option, until you realize not only are you trying to choose a resort that both your grandma and five year old nephew will love, you ALSO need the resort to offer great wedding packages. Suddenly, this easy option becomes a lot more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not impossible and if you were planning on getting married at the resort, it can be done!
(Psst: This is Part 2 in a 3 Part Series about off site wedding venues! Head to Part One where I highlight a few of my favourite off-site venues or head to Part Three where I talk about misconceptions about off site wedding venues!)
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due!
First, let me just give a quick SHOUT OUT to Jennifer Borgh at Borghinvilla [an incredible off site venue in Jamaica]. This post truly was a collaboration with her and she was incredibly helpful in offering tips and advice for wedding couples considering off site venues! I can’t wait to work with her on future projects (your wedding, maybe?). After talking to her, it became even more clear why off site venues are becoming so popular. Honestly the video above is just a taster of what this incredible venue has to offer, I will be showcasing the venue throughout the post!
3 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Off Site Venue for Your Wedding Plans
There are so many reasons why and Off Site Venue may be the perfect match for your Destination Wedding Venue but I just want to highlight a few of the “main” ones. At the very core, more and more wedding couples are choosing to look off the resort for a wedding venue because they want CHOICE. Wedding couples don’t want to have to settle for a resort that they don’t love because they have good wedding packages or chose a resort they love and settle for the wedding package. You also want PRIVACY. Overwhelmingly, engaged couples have shared their preference for choosing resorts that only perform one wedding per day.
The disadvantage is that this is getting more and more rare. Some resorts are now up to 4 weddings per day! YIKES! It is a little less romantic when you think that during your one week stay you could potentially see over twenty other weddings. Nothing is worse than feeling like you are getting married in a “wedding factory” as one bride so delicately put it!
Reason #1 You Don’t Need to Choose a Resort Based On Their Wedding Packages
Off site venues offer more choices to personalize your wedding and more choices on where to stay. One of the biggest struggles is choosing a resort all of your guests would love that also has amazing wedding packages. Choosing to have your wedding off site allows you to choose a resort that suits your guests regardless of the wedding offers. You can chose a resort to stay at that has other priorities like great food or a babysitting service.
Keep in mind one of the best parts of a destination wedding is the week you spend with all of your guests. I only mention this because sometimes wedding couples want to offer their guests the option to “just book anywhere” so the guests can choose for themselves which resort best suits their vacation style. The most important thing is that they attend the wedding right? Although they mean well, guests often like having clear options laid out for them, especially if they have never traveled before. Another problem with this if that certain destinations, the Mayan Riviera for example, expand along a coast and you could have resorts that are an hour and a half away from each other – not ideal for visiting with your guests!
QUICK TIP: Plus, keep in mind you also get GROUP RATES when you organize the travel through a travel agent AND the ability for your guests to make payment plans towards their trip. A better option would be choosing two resorts for your guests to choose from (ideally side by side sister resorts but that’s up to you!) Maybe you want to chose an adults only resort and a family friendly options for example? Or a budget option and a more luxurious option?
Reason #2 Freedom to Have It All (Including PRIVACY!)
Unfortunately, more and more resorts are moving towards hosting multiple weddings per day. While (most!) resorts do a pretty good job of making sure you feel like your wedding is the only one, the reality is you may be passing by other brides on your wedding day. Another disadvantage is that it is almost impossible to prevent onlookers or people walking by your wedding that end up in your beautiful wedding pictures. Although most people are respectful and won’t try and interfere, there are no guarantees. Even good intentions (people who watch but don’t get in the way) can take a little magic out of your day if you are a more private person.
Borghinvilla is on two acres of lush tropical gardens, beach and cliffs – that is a lot of privacy! You won’t have any uninvited guests at your wedding or in your photos and you definitely won’t pass any other brides on your way to your ceremony! Borghinvilla only hosts one wedding per day (with no start times or end times) so you really enjoy the exclusive use of the entire venue (including the air conditioned, ocean view walkout bridal suite for you to get ready in).
On top of that, Borghinvilla also doesn’t charge ANY outside vendor fees so you can chose your own photographer, wedding planner, caterer and more! Not ALL off site venues don’t charge outside vendor fees though so make sure to double check! Read my post about choosing a photographer (and everything you need to know about outside vendor fees) here. Outside vendor fees are easily one of the top complaints when having your wedding at a resort.
Reason #3 The WOW Factor
Sorry, there really is no other name for this. There is a WOW factor that your guests experience when you invite them to something off site that is truly special and unique for you and them alike. Your guests will not have seen anything like this before. One of the things that I didn’t love about my own Destination Wedding, was that we witnessed weddings almost every single day that we were there, that looked pretty much exactly like ours. Although I wouldn’t say that “ruined in”, it definitely feels more special to have a unique venue that is truly “your own”.
Off Site Venue Advantages
Hopefully this has given you more than enough inspiration to consider choosing an off site venue! There are definite pros to choosing an off site venue and for the right couple, they might be just what you are looking for. I am always happy to send some information over for you to check it out!
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