Can't decide between eloping or destination wedding vs. traditional wedding

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We ended up eloping! I’d say the eloping plus party is a great option!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Prettysmile40:  Apologies in advance for the long response, but I think my situation bears some explaining. My fiance and I were faced with a similar problem and chose to “meet in the middle”, both literally and figuratively. I’m from the States and he’s from Poland, so there really wasn’t any way for us to have a “traditional” wedding (if we had one in my home town, his entire family would be missing, and vice versa). Our families pushed us to have two wedding receptions, but we couldn’t stomach the time, energy, and cost associated with two huge, transatlantic parties. We also considered eloping, which may have been lovely, but our parents were adamantly against this idea, and I also worried that I’d regret missing out on the more traditional elements of a wedding celebration. Our compromise was to have a smallish (50 people) destination wedding in Dublin, Ireland. Everyone has to travel, but less so. We keep numbers down and costs manageable, but still get to dress up and dance and cut cake and celebrate with our nearest and dearest. It might not be ideal, but it was the best option for us, and if you’re caught between a huge hometown shindig and a private elopment I’d take the middle road: have a destination wedding within reach of your VIPs!

Again, sorry about the length, I hope this helps! Best of luck to you in your wedding planning 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Prettysmile40:  Thanks! Could you maybe choose a nice destination within driving distance, to make it easier on your guests? There are loads of gorgeous domestic spots that might be more affordable than where you live.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

That sounds absolutely lovely! I think it’s a great idea 🙂

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