Post # 1
My fiance and I are from opposite sides of the country–me, California, and him, Upstate New York. We are planning a wedding for fall of 2009 in Vermont (nearest to his family) which means most of my guests will have to fly. The rising price of gas is worrying me about having a "destination wedding." Who knows how high plane ticket prices will be by fall of next year? They’re rising rapidly.
We have to figure out our ceremony/reception venue pretty soon as most of the places I’ve been talking to are already filling up. Any thoughts?
I’m worried about commiting to a place and then finding out no one can come because the economy is so horrible and plane ticket prices are out of control.
Thanks, in advance, for your help!
Post # 3
I think get your date, then if your guests can hold out until september to book their flight, when prices seem to fall a little you may get some better deals. Prices for next year are sky high right now as they are just going off todays going rate. I think, i hope, prices will start to drop after the summer rush, they may even have some offers on. Now is a really bad time to look. ANother idea we are looking into is have a wedding slightly out of season. That way EVERYTHING is a lil cheaper.
I have my family flying over from the UK. What was an expensive yet affordable flight is fast becoming way over anyones budget. It is upsetting as I would love to have them there, but have to understand it from tgeir point of view 🙁 Come on this bubble has to burst!!
Does anyone know of any cheap group flight booking companies, or cheap website deals for flying from/to europe?
Post # 4
Our wedding is in so cal, but much of my extended family is on the east coast, and his extended family is in India. We’ve begun receiving emails and phone calls exprssing regrets about not being able to come to our wedding due to flight prices. However, we wanted a small wedding and ended up inviting 222 people, so we are looking forward to the "no" RSVP’s.
If your guests are flexible with their travel dates/times, priceline.com is your best bet for airfare and hotel. Also, keep in mind that it is cheaper for European’s to travel to American than the other way around.
Post # 5
My fiance’s family are from London and we are flying them to upstate New York (Albany area) for our wedding, so I can sympathize. As soon as we got engaged, we took a careful look at our finances and planned to be very frugal and save until we can cover the cost of the tickets (which do indeed keep going up and up and up). We have until next year to do so–the benefit of a long engagement!
Some people might be willing to fly out from California, especially close friends and family, if you give them advance notice of when your wedding will be. Fall 2009 gives them over a year to think about it and decide if they can/want to save up the money.
Kayak.com has some pretty decent deals on airfare and searches several different websites–we managed to find decent deals in the past couple weeks.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
Sorry, I don’t have any advice for you, just know there are others feeling your pain. My FI and me live in Las Vegas (we are moving to Georgia), his family lives in IL, my family lives in CA…. I am not sure anyone will be able to make it! Maybe we’ll postpone until at least our parents and siblings can be there!