Post # 1
My fiancee and I would love a beachside ceremony. We would love it to be affordable for us and our guest that must travel.
We would love packages and perhaps a wedding planner that is in the country we choose.
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Post # 4
thank you!! i am actually looking for someone who has detailed information of a venue, how much it cost them, a contact weding coordinator they used. I have heard so many horror stories that I truly would love a reference.
I hope I am not asking for a miracle. 😉
Post # 5
I think the first thing that would help you would be decide on the location/country first. Once that is set you can always find someone either on this board or other destination forums asking for referrals or experiences. Bees on this board are very helpful, and I’ve gotten great advice from other brides who are having/had destination wedding in the same place we will be.
Other things to consider could be
1) season: for example hurricane season in the Carribean, though I think ABC islands are outside of the hurricane belt
2) accessibility for your guests, meaning if there are direct flights from where your guests are flying, etc.
In general I heard that Mexico is fairly cost effective, so if non-US and affordability are your main factors I would definitely look into Mexico.
Hope this helps
Post # 6
Im getting married in St Thomas and the flights and hotel is not bad at all. Im not sure where you are located but i have a wedding planner doing most of the work and its a blessing! I dont have to stress as much. Definetly need to consider how long the flight would be for your guests to travel to ..St thomas from NY is about 3.5 and i have most of my family in FL so its about 2.5 hrs
Post # 7
I posted this before but deleted it when I realized it might be a place we’d really want. We’ve decided on eloping, so I’ll re-post:
After seeing this slideshow, I looked into Boracay and immediately contacted the resort: http://jayjaylucas.multiply.com/photos/slideshow2/528
Wind Sea Resort responded right away with an extensive wedding package. I especially liked their various menus and affordable prices.
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
I agree with Iruska. Once you have decided on a location then do a venue/coordinator hunt. I would 100% endorse the Riviera Maya for beauty and cost effective (Domincan Republic is also in the same price range). That is two of the reasons we are getting married there. Have you thought about staying in an all-inclusive and having the ceremony at the resort or were you looking for something more private? I spent almost 6 months research locations and venues before we selected ours. Just let me know what your looking for and I bet I can point you in the right direction. =)
Post # 9
Check out the Grand old house in the grand Cayman.
just google them and email the wedding cordinator. We are planning an OCt. wedding there and so far it was really easy and inexpensive.
$2300 for the wedding. Many add on options.
Really nice location. horse and carriage available for bride. I have a 5 year old little girl and she will love the carriage ride. Feel like a real princess.
Post # 10
Hi!! my cousin is getting married in June at the Melia Caribe in Punta Cana, DC…The place looks amazing and reviews I’ve read are all good…I don’t know exact details however, I can tell you that she is on a budget so it must be reasonable and she has said that the people there have been great. As a guest, it’s under $1000 for air and hotel…this is an ALL INCLUSIVE resort so this includes food, drinks, and more!! Good luck!!
Post # 11
The Riu Palace in Paradise Island Bahamas! It is a newly renovated, all-inclusive resort located next to the Atlantis! It is about $1100 pp frpm Minneapolis for 4 days in July. Good luck planning!
Post # 12
We picked St Maarten – its only 37sq miles but occupied by the French and Dutch. We love the hotel – Divi Little Bay (http://www.divilittlebay.com) and our wedding planners – can’t say enough about them! http://www.stmaartenmarry-me.com
We’re doing a cruise…then getting off the boat, getting married at the resort (only 10 min away, other side of the bay and you can see the boat), having our reception, then continuing on. Some people are coming on the boat with us (if you get 8 or more cabins it qualifies for a group rate!) and we have about 5 rooms booked at the hotel – those guests just can’t make the full week with us. We love it so far (7 more weeks!) ….If you have more questions or want to know how it went let me know 🙂
Post # 13
@FutureMrsBLT: I got married at the Melia Caribe in January!
It’s right, the place IS amazing! It’s an all inclusive resort, and they have a team of wedding planners working from there. You can select one of their packages and then choose some additional options if you want them.
Marriage requirements are easy in the Dominican Republic (much easier than Mexico or other places we looked into).
We had a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking into a DW.
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
@egb: Requirements for Mexico very by area. In the Riviera Maya all you need to a blood test, passport, birth certificate and to be in the country for 3 days before your wedding.
Post # 15
If you are still looking for ideas, check out the island of Roatan. Considered part of Honduras, it boasts the largest natural reef other than the Great Barrier Reef – a scuba & snorkeling haven. There are lots of Americans there, and plenty of English spoken. There are lots of price points & vibes – the West End is more laidback and beachy, while the West Bay gets all the cruise ship tourists and is more swanky. There are plenty of one-stop flights that go to Roatan, and Continental runs direct flights on Saturday and Sunday.
We were there on vacation so I don’t know a ton about wedding planning there. It’s definitely worth a look.
Post # 16
I got married at Breezes Rio Bueno in Jamaica 2 months ago, it was easy and wonderful and super affordable for our guests. So much fun too, many are planning return trips.
Our guests were mostly traveling from the East Coast USA so, travel was simple, short and pretty cheap. (I limited my search to All-inclusive, close, and adults only) My short list included Bahamas, DR and Turks/Caicos as well but I eliminated them for various reasons.
One thing to note, it’s all inclusive, and children free (which was important to us, but might not work for your guest list.) Best wishes!