(Closed) Calling all Destination Bees (and Honeymoon Bees)!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Were you happy (overall) with your destination wedding?
    Yes, it was the best choice for us : (6 votes)
    100 %
    No, I regret not having a traditional ceremony : (0 votes)
    I have mixed emotions about it (please explain!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    5243 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @BoxerLady:  MY wedding hasnt come yet (its in just over a month) but I can answer a few of the questions.

    1. Where did you go? Were you happy with the destination, ceremony,cost and resort?

    We are getting married in Santa Maria Cuba at a resort we have already been to twice so we know what to expect. The cost is reasonable for guests at about $1200 per person. We get a free wedding cermony because we have over a ceratina bout of people coming (68 people) so we only had to pay for extras like a private dinner and photography and any other extras

    2. Were the logistics of being legally married challenging?

    We are getting married in our hometown first in a religious cermony (for the groom) so that makes it alot easier as going there and getting married meant the wedding certificate would be send to us in Spanish and we would have had to have it translated

    #3 and #4 I cant comment on yet but I could come back after the wedding and comment.

    5. Did you use resort vendors for makeup, hair, photography, etc?

    We will be using the resort photographer as it wasnt in our budget to bring our own plus his pictures look good from the ones I have seen from other brides who got married there. I will be bringing my own fake real touch bouquets and boutonnieres and some of my own decorations (chair ties, personalized napkins, candles, small holders, cake topper) My friend will be doing my hair and makeup

    6. What kind of dress was best for a beach wedding? Please share pics if you’are willing!

    I’m getting a traditional type dress not a flowy beachy one but I chose a dress that was lighter and didnt have all the crinoline and stuff under it cause I would be dying of heat!! Plus I’m not getting married on the beach but it the centre square of the resort but will take pics on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

    #7 my friend will be doing my makeup

    8. Did your family come, or did you truly elope?

    My immediate family was there including some cousins and aunts and uncles and fiances parents will also be there. We have tons of friends coming too and have 68 confirmed guests!!!

    #9 Cant answer about photo quality yet but no they are not expensive if we use the resort photgrapher

    10. How did your family react?

    At first my mom was a bit miffed cause she wanted me to have a big ridiculous wedding here with a bunch of people I dont like or want to invite but she eventaully came around and everyone was pumped to go on a week long vacation!!! I think they are all looking forward to it alot especially cause where we live the weather has been super crappy and cold

    Post # 4
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    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @BoxerLady:  My wedding also hasn’t happened, its in June, but to answer a few of your questions:

    1. We are getting married in Anna Maria Island, FL. We thought about doing it in another country, but you have to think about costs of flights/passports, etc. Our wedding will be at the Sandbar Restaurant, right on the Gulf. We didn’t get married at a Resort, but there are so many houses to rent there, that many family members got together and rented places. Our wedding is pretty much costing what a wedding back home would be, but we are not going simple, there are definately places for costs to be cut if there had been a smaller budget.

    2. Since we are in the USA, we just have to apply for a license in FL.

    5. My sister is great at hair/makeup, so she will be helping me. However, we did use vendors that the Sandbar recommended for everything else.

    6. I just picked a dress I loved, it wasnt a beach dress, but it was lighter fabric. Not sure if I’ll end up being hot or just right.

    7. I’m doing traditional makeup

    8. We are having about 60 guests, so yes my family came

    9. Ours aren’t too expensive, but i don’t know how they will turn out

    10. I think most of our family was supportive at first, but for some people it became a hassle to find places to stay/figure out when they are coming/timing of events during the week we are there.

    Post # 5
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    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    1. We got married in West Palm Beach, FL. The price was right for everyone. The worst part was trying to book everything. All-inclusives are probably easier.

    2. Getting legally married there was a breeze. We just went to the county office building and got our license inabout 45 minutes. There was no residency requirement. We got out marriage certificate back before we got home from our honeymoon.

    3. I would hire a different photog and set up my ipod with music.

    4. The wedding coordinators at the hotel were amazing.

    5. Our wedding did not include any vendors so we had to hire outside.

    6. You should pick whatever dress you want. 

    7. I used a combo of airbrush and traditional make up.

    8. Yes , we had 14 people at the wedding.

    9. The photos were okay. I dont know if I would recommend him to anyone. The cost was about $1700 with digital rights.

    10. Our families were fine with it. They were actuslly happy that we did not do it out of the country.

    Post # 6
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Hi there! I’m getting married in July 2013 but I can answer some of these and hopefully it will help you a little bit.

     

    1. Where did you go? Were you happy with the destination, ceremony, cost, and resort?  We are doing our wedding in St.Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands and requires no passport.

    2. Were the logistics of being legally married challenging? not at all. We fill out paperwork and send it to our planner 30 days before ‘the big day’ and we can be legally married on the island.

    3. What would you do differently?  Well, I am really excited about St.Thomas and I think it’s an incredibly beautiful place. however…. I somewhat wish I had at least considered Key West, because people could drive to it. But, I didn’t, so… oh well!

    4. What were you really happy with? So far I am really happy with my wedding planner, Island Bliss Weddings. Janelle is totally great and is basically in control of everything..it’s very lowkey.

    5. Did you use resort vendors for makeup, hair, photography, etc.?  I was sent a list of photgraphers on the island with their rates and the links to their website, so I picked the one I liked best. For makeup and hair, I asked the photographer who she liked best or who did her wedding, and will be following her recommendation.

    6. What kind of dress was best for a beach wedding? Please share pics if you’re willing! I am wearing the Elizabeth Fillmore Milla dress – all of her collection are very beautiful and light and perfect for a beach wedding, although a little spendy.

    Otherwise, quite a few people recommended finding a nice bridesmaid’s dress in white and just wearing that, so I may do that for my ‘reception look.’

    7. Did you use traditional or airbrush makeup in all that heat (provided you did a beach wedding, of course! That’s our plan)? I am going to go with traditional makeup look. We are getting married at 5:30pm and I probably will be going very light on the makeup. Another thing – I’m getting married on a ‘flat grassy area’ overlooking the sea. Alot of people recommended this as opposed to ‘on the sand’ and I decided to go with it.

    8. Did your family come, or did you truly elope? Both of our families will be attending – in fact, we rented a huge house so our families will be staying *together* for a week. Whew!

    9. How did your photos turn out and were they grossly expensive? I think the photographer’s total package is 1000$, and that’s for 4-5 hours. That seemed reasonable compared to NYC and DC prices, which were absurd.

    10. How did your family react? They didn’t. He’s from Indiana, I’m from NC, I work in DC, he works in NYC, we both have tons of friends in CA….. it was clear that we were going to have a wedding that was a ‘destination.’ The only person it’s been an issue for is two of my friends are both surgeons, and it’s really hard for them to get the time off to travel there, plus the weekend for the wedding. Otherwise, people have been really excited about it.  We are however doing a ‘full wedding weekend’ with a snorkel cruise, brunch on Sunday, etc. So it will be more like a vacation for a weekend instead of just a wedding. In the end we will still be under budget, so… as far as I can tell, destination weddings even with all the bells and whistles are still cheaper than a wedding in my home city would have been.

    Post # 8
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We chose Bermuda, just the two of us which was an absolute dream. I would not change anything.

    To answer some of your questions:

    Bermuda is on the expensive side in terms of the accomodations and wedding planner rates.

    I felt it was worth every penny. The  wedding planner  made the whole

    thing amazing from A to Z.  They also helped with the paperwork for

    the marriage license etc., receommending the makeup person and photographer.

    I chose a flowy, silk and lace wedding gown which is what I pictured for a beach wedding. I had pretty heels on to begin with but ended being barefoot most of the time.  I am very pleased with the photos and how the dress fit the setting. The makeup and hair were very soft, and it was windy so any hairstyle I had was going to be blown around. I actually loved the windblown look some of the photos had.

    You cannot plan the weather so you just have to go with it.

    You can see a slideshow of our wedding here if you are interested.

     

     

    Post # 10
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    182 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    1. Where did you go? Were you happy with the destination, ceremony, cost, and resort?

    we got married in St. Thomas U.S.V.I. our ceremony was beautiful for what we paid and the resort was amazing. They went above and beyond to make sure our experience was the best it could be

    2. Were the logistics of being legally married challenging?

    not at all. just had to submit a marriage application two weeks in advance and pick up the license when you arrive.

    3. What would you do differently?

    I wouldnt do anything differently to be honost

    4. What were you really happy with?

    our wedding planner she was provided to us by the resort and could not have asked for a sweeter person

    5. Did you use resort vendors for makeup, hair, photography, etc.?

    hair and make up we used an outside vendor as recommended by my planner the photographer is contracted by the resort but it actually one of the top photographers on the island so we couldnt complain

    6. What kind of dress was best for a beach wedding? Please share pics if you’re willing!

    mine was satin but it was rather hot a lighter fabric would probably be more comfortably

    7. Did you use traditional or airbrush makeup in all that heat (provided you did a beach wedding, of course! That’s our plan)?

    i used traditional and still looked flawless after being in 90 degree heat

    8. Did your family come, or did you truly elope?

    we had 22 people there

    9. How did your photos turn out and were they grossly expensive?

    we love our pictures and we paid 1750 for 8 hours of photos unlimited shots and printing rights

    10. How did your family react?

    our family loved it. 

     

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    Post # 12
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    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    1. Where did you go? Were you happy with the destination, ceremony, cost, and resort?

    We got married in the Cayman Islands at the Grand Old House.  Love the destination, cost, etc.  We stayed at the Westin and were also very happy with accommodations.

    2. Were the logistics of being legally married challenging?

    Super easy – getting married in Cayman is completely valid in US.  

    3. What would you do differently?

    We had a small mishap with flower vendor, but I don’t think there was anything we could have done differently.  Flowers were there, but just not at all what we had requested.  I would say I would do a better job communicating pictures I really wanted to photographer and organizing family for photos.  I found that very stressful.  I love the photos I got.  I just didn’t like the stress of the taking of the photos, and there are some missing that I really wish we would have had.

    4. What were you really happy with?

    We really loved everything else.  The place was just great 

    5. Did you use resort vendors for makeup, hair, photography, etc.?

    No, I found photography, and hair separately.  I used them for flowers though which didn’t work out so well…

    6. What kind of dress was best for a beach wedding? Please share pics if you’re willing!

    My parents really, really wanted me to have a long dress.  So, my dress requirement was that it be light weight since we were getting married outdoors.

    7. Did you use traditional or airbrush makeup in all that heat (provided you did a beach wedding, of course! That’s our plan)?

    I did my own makeup

    8. Did your family come,8 or did you truly elope?

    We had 48 guests.

    9. How did your photos turn out and were they grossly expensive?

    They are gorgeous.  I just wish we would have gotten some that I really wanted.  

    10. How did your family react?

    My family loved it.  His family wasn’t the best with it, but they were not terrible either.

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