Destination Wedding/Honeymoon WITH family: Good or bad idea?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@sfp:  If you love it and your FH is ok with it then go for it do what pleases you guys and no one else.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think if you can swing it, why not?

We’re having a wedding moon where our entire families will be with us for all but the last 3 days. I think it’s going to be awesome.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are actually planning on doing the exact same thing, but in Spain.  We have no desire for a big wedding here so we will get legally married in a tiny ceremony (city hall type), and then have the wedding ceremony with the dress, wedding pictures and dinner in Spain with about 20 people (Immediate family and a couple collar friends).  We will then spend some time with our guests and then travel around by ourselves for a week.  Both FI and I want something fun and less formal and since we love traveling, we thought why not.  We figure that it will cost about the same to have our ceremony in Spain as a wedding for 100 + people at home.  Neither one of us are big ceremony people anyway.  

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@sfp:  Sounds perfect. Could you do the civil ceremony on the down low to make it legal, then go to Italy and do your wedding and honeymoon, but then do your party with everyone when you get back? They you can show the photos of the wedding etc, tell everyone about it at the reception? That may be less “weird” for some people? Easier for others to get on board with if that’s what you are worried about.

My friends had a beautiful destination wedding just the two of them then a big party when they came back. She wore her dress again, we got to see photos etc. Either way, Italy with the family sounds beautiful!

 

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@sfp:  Fair enough. My friend wore her dress twice because it was just the two of them that went on their wedding/ honeymoon, so NO ONE saw her in it on her wedding day, just her husband. I think whatever you choose to do, if you and you FI and your families are happy that is the main thing 🙂

Post # 11
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Newbee

I love this idea.  Having the party after the civil ceremony means that people are really celebrating with you on the wedding day.  Then you get to have all the pictures and big wedding feel in Italy.  I never really liked the idea of having a party after returning from a desitination wedding. (I’m afraid I would no longer be excited to celebrate)  So as long as you’ll still have the excitement over the symbolic ceremony the idea is awesome!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Go for it! We had a DW in Florida, and most of our family/friends arrived a few days early to hang out with us. The wedding was fantastic, but the days leading up to it were so fun as well! When else do you go on a fabulous vacation with so many special people in your lives?! 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

 @sfp:  I say go for it!!! We had a destination wedding and had 67 people join us both family and friends!! It was amazing and we had a blast!! It was definetly a once in a lifetime trip and we have so many great memories and pictures from it that will last a lifetime 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do what you love!!

We’re getting married at a port off the cruise ship and taking close family and friends to see us get married and then they’ll honeymoon with us.. we’ll do different activities but they too are near and dear to us.
And when we get back we’re having a large reception for everyone who didn’t come to celebrate.

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