Destination brides!!! Help a sister out!

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
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  • Post # 3
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We had a domestic destination wedding so my experience probably isn’t helpful for your question about resorts (We had blocks at our venue hotel, a middle range, and an inexpensive one and let ppl choose). 

    As for making sure VIPs could afford to be there- we offered to cover flights and hotel for some very close relatives, paid for gas to drive for one bridesmaid, paid for one’s dress (and let others wear dresses they already had or buy dresses on their own budget), I offered for some to stay with me for free in bridal suite the night before the wedding, and we covered a chunk of the costs to stay at the venue hotel for a good number in the bridal party. And if one of our bridal party members or close family needed it, we’d have covered whatever expenses. 

    Post # 4
    675 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    nambi_pambi:  I would recommend just giving your guests the resort name and the time period they should be booking for. If you have a travel agent you’ve already consulted with, I would also include their contact info. That way your guests can choose their own rooms as well as the logistics of their stay. 

    For those you’d like to help out financially, if you plan on footing all their travel costs, then I suggest you make their bookings yourself (after running dates, times, etc. by them first). If you’re contributing to their costs, then give them the funds and let them them book on their own. 

    Happy planning!

    Post # 5
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Belize sounds amazing! I’m having a DW and I planned/coordinated my sister’s DW (which we both chose for similar reasons to yours) and I definitely understand where you’re coming from. i was able to offer my guests a number of different price points for lodging, but my sister married at a resort so we gave the price ranges and also for people whi were traveling solo or were concerned about pricing, we suggested people they could room with. when my sister got married, I was just out of undergrad with an entry-level job in my field so, I was a bit concerned about cost as well. We have a great travel agent who worked with me on a payment schedule and I (and my friends) still use her to this day. If you want her info, I’m happy to share. But don’t stress too much. Maybe let your friends know the price range/options and ask them to be honest with you about how they feel about the financial responsibility. Maybe they could room together? 

    Post # 6
    69 posts
    Worker bee

    To make things easier for the guests, we made a website with all the necessary details regarding travel and accommodation. We offered them various preselected options for accommodation that would fall into different pricing ranges. We also talked to the hotels whether they were willing to offer a discount. We are covering some of the costs for some close friends esp as they are also taking care of the makeup. E.g. free accommodation. 

    Post # 7
    7055 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    nambi_pambi:  Can I just put an alternate suggestion: If your main reason for a DW is to only have the most important guests there – why don’t you just have a small local wedding? Of course you can have a DW if you want, but don’t be surprised if your two besties can’t make it without a lot of financial help.

    Post # 8
    30 posts
    • Wedding: January 2015

    We’re renting a beach house where all of our guests will stay for free and we will have the reception there as well. We will also stock the kitchen with food when we get down there, so our guests won’t need to pay for much more than airfare. 

    Post # 9
    1 posts

    You need a travel agent. They can handle all the payments from your guests and set up payment plans and logistics. Also, you should be able to get your room free with a destination wedding in the right resort. Let me know if you need help.

    Post # 11
    431 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014


    nambi_pambi:  I agree with another PP that you need a travel agent. They can do all the stuff you’re worried about for you. They have special search engines that they can compare prices and get the lowest ones. My TA is amazing- if you’re interested, PM me and I’ll give you her info.

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