There has been a lot of news recently about tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic. It’s really sad.
And if you’re planning a destination wedding there (or considering it), it’s also really scary.
Planning a wedding anywhere you aren’t familiar with or live in, is always a little scary. But, when tourists are dying in your destination location, it’s only natural for you to worry.
It makes you wonder, is it safe to go and have your destination wedding?
The short answer is yes. It is likely still safe to go and have your destination wedding there.
Because tragic events, accidents and incidents happen everywhere, all across the world. Everything from natural disasters and terrorism attacks to food poisoning and bug bites.
No place in the world is 100% safe.
No place. Not even your own home.
But, if you are worried and you want to play it as safe as you can, there are a couple of factors that can make a difference and affect the safety of your destination wedding.
Now before we dive into the the 2 factors that can affect the safety of your destination wedding, I think it’s important we talk about budget.
Your budget is big part of your decisions. And working on a small budget means, you will have some tough decisions to make.
But, you don’t want to sacrifice safety for money.
2 Factors That Affect The Safety of Your Destination Wedding
#1 – Your destination location
The first is your destination location. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, what? Didn’t you just say no place is 100% safe?
And yes, my previous statements are still true.
But, the choosing of your destination location, the actual location itself, can affect your safety.
For example, if you’re getting married in budget friendly Mexico, there really are 2 locations involved here. The country itself (Mexico) and then the area you’ll be in. Let’s say Cabo or Tulum or Puerto Vallarta.
Now there’s nothing wrong with picking a cheaper, more cost effective destination location. I’m sure some of the tourists that chose the Dominican Republic did so because it was cheap. And that’s ok!
But, you want to pick a country you feel comfortable about, and more importantly, an area you feel comfortable and safe in.
I once went to Zihuatanejo, which was lovely. But, the town itself did not feel safe. It was actually quite the opposite as there were men with machine guns in the streets.
So, you have to be careful about the location you choose and what that area is like.
And it’s not only your physical person that you want to feel safe, but if something were to happen, you know you have access to the help needed.
So, choose your destination location (the bigger and the smaller) wisely.
#2 – Your venue and/or hotel
Now the second factor that can affect the safety of your destination wedding is the venue and/or hotel itself.
While this relates to the location, where you and your guests will be spending most of your time (i.e. your venue and/or hotel) is a big factor in how safe you feel and how safe you are.
Because with budget friendly destination locations, sometimes, things can be a little more iffy.
So the exact venue and/or hotel that you choose is important.
Now, I’m not saying you have to stay at a 5 star hotel.
And we all know that higher costs doesn’t always equal better.
But, it usually equals higher standards.
Meaning that they care about the quality of the product that is served, how clean the room is, room safety precautions, making bottled water easily available, etc… which makes you safer.
Going back to my Zihuatanejo experience, the part that make the trip great was the hotel. I felt safe there and taken care of, even though the location itself wasn’t the safest.
So, don’t just choose your location with care, but choose the venue and/or hotel with care as well. It can make a big difference in the safety and wellbeing of your guests.
Now going back to budget again here because I know that is a big influence in your decisions. Remember, it’s not unsafe to choose a budget friendly destination location.
Just be careful with the area you choose and where you’ll be staying. And don’t sacrifice safety for money.
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