Planning a Destination Wedding? A Third of Your Guests Probably Think You’re Selfish

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If your dream is to get married barefoot on a beach, consider picking one close to home. A survey reported by Travel + Leisure found that over a third of Americans think it's rude to have a destination wedding.

For their report, the travel insurance company Allianz Global Assistance shared a poll online and received 1502 responses. More than 37 percent of respondents who identified as American said it's selfish to ask guests to spend money and vacation days to travel for a wedding. Nearly 54 percent of people said cost would be their main reason for skipping out on a destination wedding. Eighteen percent cited not knowing the couple well enough as their most likely excuse, and 12 percent said it would be not being able to take the time off from work.

But not everyone who took the survey would be offended by an invitation to a destination wedding. More than a third of people viewed such events as opportunities to take vacations and go to new places, and 27.5 percent of respondents sympathize with the desire to have a destination wedding, even if they can't afford to attend one themselves.

Some couples may count on the inconvenience of travel when planning their wedding. The survey found that 8.4 percent of people would have a destination wedding would do so to limit the amount of attendees. For people who don't want to go through all that trouble to limit their guest lists, there are plenty of other ways to cut costs when planning a wedding.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]