Post # 1
So I am unofficially engaged. This is not normal I am sure but I do not have a ring yet but we already have a date picked out and know the venue that we want. Ideally we would have wanted to secure our date at the location of our choice by now but my ring still isn’t ready and my parents who are paying for the wedding refuse to start planning/paying for anything since I don’t have a ring yet. They think because I do not have a ring that we may not actually get married. Anyhow, our plan is to get married July 19th in the DR but I won’t have my ring for another month. Is it unrealistic to plan a destination wedding in 11 months? Do you think we will be short on options for venues? We have one picked out that we are so in love with but I am starting to get afraid that time will not be on my side.
Post # 3
@loveislife: We had a destination wedding and started planning it about a year before the actual date. 11months isnt far off from a year and I think if you start telling people from now that your intention is to have a destination wedding then they can plan if they are able to make it our not. Destination wedding venues usally dont book until a year before the date anyways so I think you still have lots of time. Good luck! Destination weddings are the best 🙂
Post # 4
If you’re worried about losing the venue you want, put down the deposit for to yourselves
Post # 5
I’m also having a DW in DR. I also started planning before I got the ring because I would only have 6 months from engagement to wedding. I think 11 months are definitely okay. Anyway, from my experience, you should start emailing the resort about your date because they took a long time to get back to me. You can always just put down the deposit yourself, it’s usually a small amount. Maybe by the time you have that confirmed, you’ll have the ring. To me, the hardest part so far is to get the date confirmed with the resort.
By the way, where are you having your wedding? I’m having mine at Melia Caribe Tropical.
Post # 6
@loveislife: Any chance you’re a dartmouth 14 in nh?? sorry to threadjack!
Post # 7
@loveislife: Don’t freak out, it’ll be fine. You have plenty of time.
I had a destination wedding in Mexico and planned it on way less notice than this. I got engaged in December, we knew right away that we wanted to do a DW but the only realistic window for family was that May, so we made the decision, got quotes, got package pricing for guests, and got everything confirmed by mid January. I was able to send out a Save the Date with a link to a website I put up by January 25th and the wedding was May 30.
The short time line was a blessing in disguise. The month of January was stressful, but after that things were pretty easy.
The only thing I’ll say is that we were fairly flexible. We were happy to take any of three weeks in May (whichever got the best pricing for guests) and we didn’t care which day during the week we held the wedding. We were also flexible on location, but since it was low season we seemed to have our pick of any resort we wanted.
I assume June is also low season in the DR.
Post # 9
@yijie88: I have been talking with Dreams Palm Beach in Punta Cana.
Post # 10
@loveislife: Eleven months is plenty of time!
We’re planning a wedding in Mexico. Our engagement will be ~10 months, and I didn’t glance at resorts until we were engaged. I’m feeling now (7months down, 3 to go) like there is plenty of time for everything. Booking a resort was no problem, you can look for a dress right away but not feel rushed… Good engagement length.
But if you have your heart set on one resort, start emailing them now. It takes a few weeks to get the date nailed down via email anyways. You can even tell them that you’re planning to book in a month if you want. (But I wouldn’t.)