Destination wedding vs. local wedding

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Elrodien:  A destination wedding is usually more convenient for the couple and extremely inconvenient for everyone else. Would you be expecting everyone to pay for airfare to get to New Zealand and lodging as well? If so, is your immediate family okay with that? If your immediate family is on board, for a wedding so far you can expect a much smaller attendance, which in some ways cuts down on your costs because you’re hosting fewer people. 

A DW is easier if you’re going to a place that has handled a lot of destination couples. This is why many weddings in the Caribbean are quite easy to plan. As for NZ, I’ll leave it to the New Zealand bees here, but I don’t think there are as many options. If you’re going to do a DW in a place that doesn’t normally handle a destination client, then you will still have a lot of work cut out for you.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Elrodien:  We had a small 12 guest family-only DW on Maui and loved it! It was a perfect day, not cheap, but it was wonderful:)  I would imagine most DW are cheaper (for the bride and groom) than local weddings as the guest list is scaled way down and a lot fo places offer all-inclusive options (like pp mentioned Caribbean).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Elrodien:  Yeah, I had an intimate family-only wedding and i’m throwing a friends’ party this year. Too many things happening at once – we both started new jobs, also have loans to repay, I had to move. As for your venue, I would do whatever you can to spread the word, maybe *fingers crossed* someone can take it over =)

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

IT can definitely be a lot cheaper.  I’m from Colorado and the weddings here are around  $15,000 and up.  I was looking at a destination, inclusive resort wedding for under $10,000 in the carribean.  I would say set up an appointment with a travel agent, many of them work with hotels and destination brides, they love destination weddings because of the guests that reserve through their services.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2006

@Elrodien:  You can’t even expect your immediate family to come.  You can’t expect anyone to come.  Not even your parents.  It’s great if your family can come, but you can’t expect anyone to come.  DW cost a lot of time and money for guests.  Not saying don’t do it, just keep that in mind.  Congrats and good luck!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’re tryimg to save money and that’s the primary reason you’re considering a destination wedding, why not just keep in really simple and do a private ceremony and a restaurant reception locally with just your family? 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m having a US destination wedding – about an 8 hour drive for half of our guests. The others will be traveling anywhere from 2-15 hours. I originally wanted an island wedding- but due to $$, we changed it to the outer banks, a special place to both of us. While we are definitely spending less than we would in NJ – we are VERY surprised by the amount of yeses we received. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I do not think destination weddings are cheaper, in fact we are spending the same amount for 50 people that we wold spend on 150 at home. 

If you are looking for something super low key I know that Sandals and other similar resorts have minimalist weddings for free or very cheap if you stay a certain number of days. You are pretty much giving up a reception. if you do that, and some of your guests could resent you for that. 

If I was only going to invite 5-10 people I would consider doing the free package and then taking everyone out to dinner and then somewhere to dance afterwards. 

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