Post # 1
My fiance and I recently moved to Colorado in April (from Michigan). We got engaged about a month ago. We’ve decided we really want to get married here in Colorado but all of our friends/family are in Michigan so we’ll probably do an affordable celebration there after. However, I feel like it’s a lot to ask. I guess it’s no different than a destination wedding (for the guests anyway)? A huge, traditional wedding has never been our dream but we have a lot of close friends and family that we definitely want to celebrate with. I guess my question is, when having a destination wedding, do you foot the bill for travel/accomodations? Do you keep it small? WIll people be offended if they aren’t at least invited (whether or not they attend) to the ceremony but they are to the reception? I just don’t even know where to start…haha. Sorry if it seems all over the place.
Post # 3
when having a destination wedding, do you foot the bill for travel/accomodations?
No, you do not have to pay for guests travel, etc if you have the wedding in Mexico, CO or MI. Guests do not expect this.
Do you keep it small?
That is up to you! Do you just want to put on one shindig?
Have just immediate family to a CO wedding (do your vision), but then have a casual backyard (or formal if you want!) shindig in MI for the rest of the family/friends to attend. It can be a couple months later in fact. If you don’t have the oomph in you to plan/coordinate two events, then just make the MI even the only event.
WIll people be offended if they aren’t at least invited (whether or not they attend) to the ceremony but they are to the reception?
As long as the ceremony/reception aren’t the same day… But it really depends on the guest. I know my family members skip the ceremony all the time and go to just the reception as it’s the “fun” part – other would be highly offended if they didn’t see you get married.
Just remember that there probably is no ONE option that will PLEASE every single person. So you just have to figure out what it important to you. Wedding in CO?
I had a Destination Wedding wedding planned in the Tetons (cancelled for other reasons). I only invited immediate family and their SO/kids (no grandmas, uncles, etc), and then close friends only. It was at 75 people.