(Closed) Anyone else having a destination wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Congrats!!

My niece got married two years ago at the Beaches in Jamaica, she won an all inclusive wedding/honeymoon.  She said the Sandals was great! 

When picking your date watch out for hurrican/rainy season.  She did hers 11/10, and it worked out great.  The only hiccup she had was the flowers for the girls.  She wound up using fake calli lillies, which worked out great.

The only other thing was a bunch of her friends got married around the same time, so not as many people could make it as she was hoping.  It was hands down the best wedding i’ve been to ever.  The family all got down there tuesday, she got married saturday and we came home Sunday.   It was so relaxing, and they had different types of food so everyone had things they liked, and we all just hung out.  It’s usually such a rush to get to the wedding, then leave to come home after the reception.  This way was just fun, and she seriously had NO stress.  Have fun!!

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Congrats!! And right here – destination bride! We just got married in the Riviera Maya in December. Fansastic!! Would do it all over again in a second.

The one thing I will warn you about with an all-inclusive is that beach ceremonies usually are not private. There will probably be beach chairs and other guests near the area. We went off property for our ceremony with an independent coordinator and then came back to the resort and held a private reception. It worked great and was so private.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

We’re having a DW in Mexico. Just be prepared to have far fewer guests than you might originally think. At first a lot of people said they were coming but when it comes down to actually booking lots back out. Which is fine, that’s expected for a DW. 

When we first polled people I thought we’d have about 30-35 people. Now we’re down to about 15. But we’re still very happy about our decision. We understand that not everyone can make the trip. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

@SuperKate: We had the same thing happen where at first we thought there would be about 30 but we ended up with 21. I worried that the wedding would feel too small but it actually just gave it a more intimate feel.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We were married in the Dominican just over a year ago! I would do it all over again, the exact same way, and DH too.

No hiccups, but I believe the main reason was: no expectations.  I guess what I mean is, at the end of the day, you will be married no matter what; and it will be intimate, and in an unbelievable setting.

That’s what we focused on when we found ourselves getting trapped into details that, in the end, didn’t matter that much… And by not setting too many expectations, there were no hiccups.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@ meerkat: We don’t mind having an intimate wedding, as we both dislike being the center of attention. However there are a few drawbacks.

Originally my friend was going to be MOH (we’re only having one attendant each) but she is now pregnant and due in early May, so she can’t come to the wedding. Understandable. I asked my SIL (brother’s wife) to be the MOH and she was excited. Fast forward five months and brother and his wife are separating, so I lose my MOH again. 

With so few guests, I’m down to my mother or one of FI’s sisters…

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Sorry to hear about your brother and his wife.  We are also having one attendant each in jamaica.  I say go with FI’s sister as she is going to be your family and future right πŸ™‚  It might give you some good opportunties to become closer as well.

No hiccups yet, ours is still a few months away.  Same thing as everyone else said we thought we might have 100 people for quite some time, but now looking around 75, which we are much happier with!  I also like the advice to not get too caught up in the details.  I think that is so easy to do with wedding planning and having a destination wedding takes the detail stress off of you πŸ™‚  I don’t know what our cake or food will taste like and it might rain for all I know, but who cares!  I am going to be with friends and family and I am getting married to the man I love in a really amazing place.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@meerkat: and @SuperKate:   How many people did you originally invite?  We are getting married in Mexico as well and my fiance and I really have no idea how many to expect. Our friends and family are pretty well traveled, and of the 3 DW weddings in Mexico we have been to, the smallest had about 50 people, with the biggest being about 120, so we really have no idea what the turn out will be like for ours.    Just curious what your original invite lists were like πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

@SerenaSF: Our families are HUGE and we had about 180 adults invited but we knew that over 50% of them would not have the money to travel. Cost combined with the distance and adult only resort kept our guest list low *happy dance*.

Destination weddings that have large turn outs usually are closer to the destination or have a family of avid travelers. If you have seen lots of people in past weddings you can probably expect similar numbers. Laughing

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

We invited about 70 people but knew a large portion wouldn’t come, either because of money, health, age, etc. Right off the bat we ruled out about 35 people. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BlondiefromWisconsin:  We’re getting married in the Riviera Maya on May 14, 2011! πŸ™‚  A little under 3 months… eeek!! πŸ™‚  So far, no hiccups and no regrets!  We can’t get wait to get married in Paradise surrounded by our loved ones!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am getting married at Sandals Negril July 22,2011. So far I have 35 guest attending.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We considered having a DW at Sandals, but the photography was really expensive for what we got (in our opinion) so we had a DW on an island in Florida and then left for Sandals the next day! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

wedding only days away in jamaica

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