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are destination weddings selfish

Destination weddings have been a popular choice for couples who are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience for their special day. However, some people might argue that destination weddings are selfish because they require guests to travel long distances and incur additional expenses. As a dietitian, I believe it is important to examine this issue from multiple perspectives, including the couple's desires and the guests' needs.


First and foremost, a destination wedding can be a wonderful experience for the couple. They may have a specific location in mind that holds a special meaning for them or that they have always wanted to visit. A destination wedding can also allow the couple to have a smaller and more intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends. This can be especially beneficial for those who prefer a more low-key celebration rather than a big, traditional wedding.


On the other hand, guests may feel like they are being asked to prioritize the couple's desires over their own needs. It is important to consider the financial burden of attending a destination wedding, including the cost of travel, accommodations, and potentially taking time off work. Additionally, some guests may have physical limitations or health concerns that make travel more difficult or impossible.

As a dietitian, I also think about the potential impact of destination weddings on guests' health and nutrition. Traveling and being away from home can make it difficult to maintain a healthy routine. Guests may be tempted to indulge in unhealthy foods or alcohol, and they may not have access to their regular exercise routine. It is important for couples to consider providing healthy food and beverage options and incorporating physical activity into their itinerary.

Ultimately, whether or not a destination wedding is selfish depends on individual circumstances and perspectives. Couples should consider the potential impact on their guests and make an effort to accommodate their needs as much as possible. They can also consider alternative options, such as hosting a small destination ceremony followed by a larger reception closer to home. As a dietitian, my goal is to encourage couples to prioritize the health and well-being of their guests while still creating a memorable and meaningful experience for themselves.

If you are a bride-to-be who is planning a destination wedding and looking for support in achieving your health and nutrition goals, I'm here to help! As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Nuptial Nutrition, I specialize in helping brides-to-be achieve their weight loss goals in a sustainable and stress-free way. Contact me, Cara Axelrod Orlan, MS, RD, LD/N, at 954-850-2926 or Cara@yourdietitianforlife.com to schedule your free initial consultation and start your journey towards a healthy and happy wedding day!

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