- 3 years ago
My bf and I are in wedding discussions. Not engaged yet but I know its coming. Every few weeks we talk weddings and we are totally on the same page- SMALL, minimal stress, destination wedding, immediate family/close friends ONLY!
We live in a very small town in wyoming and to get married here it would end up being huge (re: expensive) because of how many people we would end up inviting. And totally stressful. And did I mention expensive??? 🙂
We love the idea of a destination wedding with 10-15 people. We were looking at Maui, but we started looking at the Bahamas and he likes the Bahamas idea better so far. We were looking at Sandals, and like that they take care of EVERYTHING…. I personally rather like the idea of renting a 4-5 bedroom house on the beach for a week, having the wedding and reception there. More private. At a hotel you have all kinds of people wandering around and seeing you getting married.
What I like about renting a house is it can be a base for anyone who comes for the wedding. My thought was me and him, my parents, his parents, and his sister and brother in law stay at the house. Have a caterer come in for reception food. Do some simple decorations for a wedding on the beach, preferably right at where we are staying, and then just a party after!
Sandals, of course, has their wedding packages. Plus I know they are all inclusive, but the one we like (Sandals Emerald Bay) its about $300/pp/pn, which seems like a lot. We can rent a huge beautiful house for a week split 4 ways, for a total of about $4000 for the week. Yes it does not include meals and alcohol.
So my question is really to those who know more about the Bahamas. How easy/expensive is it to get groceries there? I like the idea of the island of Eleuthera, if we were to rent a house. How scary would it be planning from afar? I have never been to the Bahamas, always wanted to go, which I think thats why my man is in favor or Bahamas over Hawaii.
Basically renting a house or doing Sandals is going to come down to cost. How many options are there for vendors such as catering, cake, a band, flowers, etc? How stressful would it be trying to do it myself vs having Sandals take care of all those details and work?
Also, anyone have any experience with a Sandals wedding? It looks like we could do the ceremony/reception itself for about $5000 which is pretty darn good. Any experience with Sandals Emerald Bay?