(Closed) Destinations not taken

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Great thread idea (and thanks for including links). I will be watching for all of the great ideas.

Post # 4
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Getting married locally for us is a destination for 80% of our guests.  We live near Ithaca, NY in the finger lakes region.  We had looked a bed and breakfast, hotel and a couple of vineyards (one of the vineyards was our final choice).  Have you looked a honeymooning near any of you destinations? 

Post # 5
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our first destination was Charleston, SC. IT had no meaning to either of us and was WAY too expensive.

Our second destination was a cruise wedding! Then I realized that I do not envision myself getting married on a cruise!

Our third destination was Outer Banks, NC. Logistics of getting people there would have been too difficult and we wanted to do it in a beach house but then realized we have WAY too many people to do that!!!


Now we are getting married at the lake where we got engaged where we go every year because his parents have a house there!! I cant wait!!!

Post # 6
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

At first, we wanted anything but the Dominican Republic (!) and Cuba. We thought it wouldn’t be exotic enough since they’re the most common destinations.

So we explored and voted against many, finally deciding on the DR because they offered the most for our money and are very well organized – since a lot of weddings happen there, they know how not to mess it up!

Here were our 3 biggest runner-ups, and other options:

1) Belize: there are no “all inclusive” resorts in Belize. Since my parents never ever travelled before, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for them and needed an all inclusive.

2) Mexico: it is mandatory in Mexico to get blood tests done OVER THERE to proove that you’re not related, have no Save-The-Date Cards nor already pregnant. I would’ve taken the tests here and brought the results back, but there’s no way I will have needles put in my veins in another country than mine. I don’t know what the regulations are.

3) Costa Rica: while it’s a destination we would’ve loved, I read reviews that it often happens that you never get the marriage certificate back……….. total turnoff! And, the beaches are not as beautiful as in the Caribbean, and again, we wanted our guests who never travelled to be wowed.

WE also considered Spain, but voted against it because of the time difference – our guests being there just a week, it would’ve bee difficult for them.
Another option we really, really would’ve loved was one of the Caribbean French Island (Guadeloupe or Martinique). Apparently you have to be a France Citizen to get married there, these are the regulations we read.


We litterally had a chart, with criterias such as marriage regulations, beaches, temperature, all-inclusive resort options, activities to do at the destination, etc; and had a points system (OK we’re geeks, I KNOW!) and chose the Dominican Republic because even if we never thought we’d like it, it came up as the best option after lost and lots of research.

Let me tell you, it was well worth it.
Then we had the same process for choosing which actual resort…….. Good decision as well. So lots of options that we were really excited about were set aside, but we have no regrets at all. 🙂

Post # 7
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m doing a destination wedding in Punta Cana, but I would LOVE to do Vieques or Portugal….sigh. Dang money!

Post # 8
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We looked at Italy it was too expensive (and we are going there for our honeymoon).

We also looked at Alaska and getting married on a glacier then decided that most people wouldn’t want to fly out on a helicopter to do this.  

St John in beaufitul but we are more adventure lovers, not beach people.

In the end we chose the Riviera Maya for beauty and affordability.

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