Post # 1
my fiance and i are planning to have a DW in oahu. this is primarily due to the fact that we both have huge extended families and lots of friends and our guest list would be at least 350 people if we end up having it in the bay area. having a wedding away would cut our guestlist in half at the very least.
last night we checked airfare from the bay area to oahu for next year (our wedding will be in june 09) and they were starting at $750!!! we went to hawaii two years ago and our tickets were only $300+!
i know that everything nowadays is much more expensive due to our failing economy, but does anyone feel wierd about asking your guests to pay all that money just to go to hawaii? i know that our intermediate family and close friends will pay any amount of money to be at our wedding, but i just feel so selfish.
anyone other DW brides feeling the same way?
Post # 3
yeah it sucks, didn’t you hear of all the nonsense of aloha and ata airline… well i was one of those sucker that lost 700 bucks to ata cause of their bankruptcy nonsense… tixs for hawaii isn’t going to go down much, maybe low at around 400 per tix.
you might want to try mexico or something… i would do it there if i was brave enough to plan a DW.
Post # 4
Me, me! I’m also planning a destination wedding on Oahu, from Pennsylvania. We actually have the same reason you do for having a destination wedding.
I used to live in Hawaii, and I go back every few years. In 2005, I paid $603 for my ticket to Hawaii (which is really good for the East coast!). In 2007, FI and I both went to Hawaii, we paid around $1300 for both our tickets (about $650 each). I booked our tickets 2 weeks ago for our March 2009 wedding and paid $1541 for two tickets. I was hesitant to buy tickets 10mths in advance, but I didn’t want to lose that price. Thank god I did, because a week later the tickets were over $1000!!!!
My dad literally called me 6 times one day to update me on ticket prices for himself, my mom and brother. He bought them 2 days ago for $1014 for each ticket. He had to buy 3 tickets. I feel extremely guilty that they are paying all that, but I know my dad wants to go back to Hawaii (it’s been 12 years since he’s been back) just as much as he wants to be at my wedding. Luckily I have a great dad who is excited about going to Hawaii, rather than bitching about the cost.
FI’s mom doesn’t have much money, so we might pay for half her flight just to make sure she’s there, but I’m not sure too many other people will come once they see how much it’ll cost to fly there…that’s not including a hotel, food and entertainment.
Post # 5
i’m glad i’m not alone! that’s really cool that your dad is still excited to go to hawaii even after having to buy such high-priced tickets! we may also think about helping out some family members that aren’t as "financially stable" to make sure they are there.