Destination brides, please share your experience!

posted 4 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had our wedding in Disney World. We chose a package deal because it was affordable AND it meant I didn’t have to do as much planning except for personal touches.

I loved it… we stayed in WDW after the wedding and had our honeymoon there. We made sure that our family and friends started their vacation before us so that they would be gone a couple days after the wedding and we’d be alone to moon over each other.

Plus, we had our best friend perform the ceremony… so we all three went over it together and planned it out so it was perfectly us.


My words of wisdom…

Don’t let anyone deter you from the small wedding you want. We had a lot of people who just didn’t get it. I only wanted the most special people there.

Make a list of everything you need to bring. Go over it several times. Pack a few days a head and go over that list every day before you leave to make sure you don’t forget anything. You can’t just go back home and pick up your hairpiece if you forget.

Plan how you are getting your dress there. That was my biggest stress point.


This is my favorite pic. It’s everybody that was at our wedding.

Post # 5
3377 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@VineyardBound:  We actually eloped on the Oregon Coast, but we were planning our actual wedding for the same city that we ended up getting married in. It’s about 3 hours away, so I did consider it a DW. My biggest tip is to READ REVIEWS! I wish I would have done some more research because when push came to shove, my rental company that we were going to use was ridiculous and ripped us out of $100 deposit even though we cancelled well within the alotted timeline. 


When you find a venue that you like, ask what vendors that they recommend. That is usually the best place to start so that you can be assured people have experience with the individuals you are trusting with your wedding. 


Where are you thinking about going? 


Oh, and photos 🙂








Post # 6
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@VineyardBound:  ooh it couuld be destination if you did DisneyLAND in california, hehe.


@PacificMrs:  i love your pictures! especially the last two… utterly romantic.

Post # 9
3377 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@VineyardBound:  Thank you so much! If you need any help feel free to PM me. I love helping destination brides 🙂 Well, any brides for that matter haha. 

Post # 10
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

The first step was picking where to go.  We knew we wanted to do Europe,  and FI suggested England,  I suggested Italy.  We wanted to go for late April,  so we picked Italy because their weather is considerably nicer that time of year,  and we knew we wanted to be outside.  

The next step was finding a venue.  We figured a villa would offer the intimate feel we were after and would also have nice landscaping.  We went online and found a villa that would be able to sleep our parents and bridal party (and us), and we decided to rent it for a week to give time for sightseeing,  etc. We chose this one,  because there is a hotel right next door to accommodate other guests.  

The villa we chose is used to doing weddings and other events,  so they came with resources like a caterer.  We are goingto buy and arrange flowers there (if there isn’t an abundant supply of wildflowers), so I decided on yellow flowers (we will mix and match whatever types are available) since yellow should be easy to find.  

One thing to keep in mind is the legality of your ceremony.  We are from Colorado,  where you are allowed to solemnize your own marriage,  so that is saving us a lot of headaches with either having papers translated both ways or having to go to the courthouse when we return.  

I can’t share pictures because it hasn’t happened yet! 

P.S. keep in mind that more people may want to attend than you figured. 

Post # 11
37 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m getting married at Kempinski hotel in the Seychelles. Although we are living here at the moment, it still feels like a destination wedding, all our close family are coming from the UK. What I will suggest is tripadvisor, tripadvisor, tripadvisor!!! x

Post # 12
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had a kind of compulsory destination wedding.  (As a same-sex couple, at the time we couldn’t get married anywhere near where we live.)  The wedding was in Winchester, MA, and we never even saw the area until we arrived the day before the ceremony.  But we found accommodations on VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner)–a lovely old Victorian house with separate units, so we could see our guests as much as we wanted, but still have somewhere to go for privacy.  We got some names of rabbis from friends who had previously lived in rabbis.  None of them ones referred worked out.  (They had no problem marrying two women, but wouldn’t marry an interfaith couple like us.)  But one of them referred us to another rabbi, who ended up being our officiant.  We got information on him from his synagogue’s website, and communicated with him by phone and e-mail.  We also decided to use his synagogue as the ceremony venue.  Our reception was a luncheon in a nearby high-end restaurant, with the dozen guests we had.

Here is where we stayed:

The synagogue where we had the ceremony:

The restaurant where we had the reception:

Post # 13
5246 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@VineyardBound:  WE had our destination wedding in Cuba in April. We had 67 guests come with us 🙂 It was an amazing time!! We told people right when we got engaged and even beofre that we were planning on a destination wedding and we got to planning it right away. The best advice would be to give people ample notice as to when you are planning to have the wedding and to also find a more reasonably priced location for people. Our wedding was $1100 per person for a 7 day all inclusive trip with flight included 🙂 Here are some pictures:

Post # 14
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I have been planning our wedding in Canada from the UK where we live. We had to have a destinaton wedding as my family is in Sweden, SOs is in Canada and we live in the UK. We have family and friends attending from Sweden, UK and Canada and though it as a bit of an overwhelming though to start with, it has been easier Thani thought it would be. We were above to go out there last June to look at venues and meet with photographers and then everything else has been done by email or by phone. 

I think as long as you do a lot of research, keep things simple for yourself (we went with a pretty inclusive venue so they cover ceremony, officiant, reception space, food, waiting staff, DOC so that made things easier I think). Hire good vendors that communicate with you and know their stuff and trust that they will make things happen they way you want it if you are curious and communicate well with them. Also, keep lists and get things done early as you don’t want to run out of time before you leave. 

Our vendors have been super helpful and understanding of the situation we are in and have really helped us out a lot. 

we are now 7 weeks out and just ironing it little details and I feel confident that everything will come together just fine. am super excited and so are our guests as it is going to be quite different for everyone involved Incorporating both of our cultures. 


Post # 15
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had our destination wedding in Paris at the Luxembourg Gardens with 11 people.  It was amazing!  We took pictures all over the city and took everyone to a private room in an amazing restaurant for our reception. 

My husband and I stayed in Europe for a month and saw sooo much, it was a blast!

We didn’t use a planner or anything, but intimatewddings had a lot of the vendors I used.


Post # 16
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@gingerkitten:  Good choice in not choosing the UK for a destination wedding. Apparently you can’t get married there on a standard tourist visa, you have to apply for a special ‘marriage’ visa which can be a hassle to get.

Just in case anyone else is thinking of choosing the UK for a destination wedding – definitely look into the paperwork first.

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