Post # 1
My FH and I have been tossing around the idea of a destination wedding after looking at how small our guest list is. We’re (well me) very particular about what we want in the wedding, the local venue we were looking at is $3500 + the cost of catering, etc. It’s one of the cheaper options as well. The price isn’t bad by any means for what it includes and what I want (and what I’m not willing to give up/sacrifice) However, I just think that spending upwards of $20k for a wedding of 25 people is just…..silly. Especially when I’m a very non traditional bride (my dress is pink and black, my bouquet has black silk roses in it) So some of the guests (mostly family) may be slightly uncomfortable with my vision of a wedding.
Ok so to get to my point, I think a destination wedding would halve our wedding budget, I’d still be able to have my non traditional elements along with things the friends and family who want to attend would enjoy (plus other activities). Out of the 25 guests 6 are children under 12, and all but 5 of them live in a different state than us to begin with, so they would all be traveling anyway.
Where are some locations (any, beach, European, etc) that would allow us to have a destination wedding that either a) has very affordable lodging rates, while we can afford around $500-600 a night for some of these locations, our guests can’t and I don’t want to put them in that position, especially those with children (3 of the 5 children are with one family) or b) that will allow you to have guests attend that are not staying at the particular resort/hotel. I’ve found a lot of places require a min of 50% of the guest list to stay at the resort. I’d be completely ok with renting a large beach house or something to accommodate the majority of my guests, I just need ideas on locations/resorts.
any thoughts? Ideas?
Post # 3
I found this place when I was looking for venues in San Diego. You actually rent the property, which has accomodations for 30 guests, and you can do whatever you want.
Post # 4
A ceremony at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, CA and then a reception at a restaurant would be nice. THere are lots of hotels to pick from and your guests could get discounts if they belong to AAA or something like that. Your guests could also rent a vacation home instead of staying at a hotel. Check out Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey, CA too. Good luck!
Post # 5
We got married on Sanibel Island, Florida just off of Fort Myers. It was gorgeous – tons of beaches, and the guests can stay either on the idland or across the bridge in Fort Myers! There are hotels, resorts, and vacation home rentals! 🙂
Post # 6
There are a bunch of spots that I can think of right away in Jamaica – only because that is where my destination wedding is so I am familiar with the options there.
1)Moon dance villas or moon dance cliffs in negril – both allow you to have as many offsite guests as you have onsite guests for no charge (just food/drink costs for wedding night). So if some of you wanted to stay a more expensive and really nice location, then the rest can stay down the beach. Negril has tons of affordable lodging options. Just staying at either property gives you a free wedding coordinator, ceremony, and bouquet/boutineer.
2)villas sur mer – I think we would have gotten married here but we had too many guests! http://www.villassurmer.com/
3)there are a bunch of other boutique properties in jamaica that have options like what you are looking for. (not all guests staying on property….and other cheap accomodations nearby) I would recommend the rockhouse for sure. It depends on the atmostphere you want. Hide awhile villas… there are so many options…
(if you go to negrilonestop.com you can see all the hotels on the beach and the cliff map)
Post # 7
@Pinque: I was married here in December: http://www.coconutpalminn.com
It’s in Tavernier, Upper Florida Keys. The resort has 17 rooms; total occupancy is about 45 people. (Several rooms have 2-3 bedrooms and can accommodate families.)
We had about 80 guests, but I know they can accommodate weddings of at least 150. Our immediate families and wedding party stayed on-property. Other guests stayed nearby – there are quite a few options, ranging from luxury resorts to mid-range beach cottages to inexpensive chain hotels.
They do require that you commit to booking the entire resort for at least two nights (Friday & Saturday). This works out great because you essentially have the entire resort to yourselves and no strangers can gawk/crash your party, as they might at a larger resort.
I highly recommend this venue – they were incredible to work with. But they’re not the only “wedding friendly” resort in the Keys, and I have info on several of them. PM me if you want more info.
Also, there are tons of wedding-friendly private homes you can rent for weddings in the Keys, as well.
Finally, I worked with the most amazing caterer, who also serves as DOC and can point you to the best venues for your needs. They’re called Caribbean Catering, out of Islamorada. You can find them on Facebook – she posts pics after every wedding, so you can get an idea of all the different venues.
Good luck, whatever you decide!