Post # 1
So I’m not engaged yet but I think it’s happening within the next month. We’ve agreed to have a small destination wedding between April – June of 2013. My issue is that I have a job offer on the table that may require me to work 70-80 hours a week from January – April. I know DWs require a lot less planning than traditional ones but I don’t want to completely stress myself out and regret taking the job. Can anyone tell me how much time they spent planning their Destination Wedding – can you estimate hours per week?
Post # 3
i was engaged end of July and we planned a spring wedding. as of this month we had little to nothing decided upon. THEN, i decided we would get married next week. so I planned it in 5 days. i would NOT recommend it but it got done and I am confident it will be beautiful.
so i would say give yourself 4 months.
Post # 4
my total time planning, including waiting time (waiting on people to get back to me), was probably about 2 weeks. I was engaged for six months.
Post # 5
@rebeccaj: I will be engaged a year this December and our wedding is in April 2013. I think the timing is more for the guests of the wedding as the more time you give people the more wil be able to come. We planned and booked a place and sent invites to people a year before the wedding and so far we have 56 confirmed guests. Most of the stuff for the ceremony there is done for you. I only had to take care of small things like chair ties, bridemaids dresses, wedding favours, guest book. It’s alot less planning then an at home wedding and alot less money!!
Post # 6
@rebeccaj: I agree, the timing issue is more dependent on your guests and giving them time to plan to attend. In most destination wedding spots, they have packages and planners and all that so you don’t have to do much. I’ve been engaged 5 1/2 months and we’re getting married in April. We could have done it much sooner but we decided to have guest so that meant stretching it out to give them time to save or get time off.
Post # 7
Thanks for all the responses. We want to keep the guest list to only close family but I’m afraid I’ll be expected to invite aunts, uncles and cousins I rarely ever see. Did all of you use a hotel for the ceremony? We were thinking it would be nice to rent a large house on the beach and have the ceremony and an intimate dinner there. Does that change the amount of work that goes into planning? I’m not sure we could get a “package deal” for something like that.
Post # 8
@rebeccaj: I think it all depends on where you want to hold it and when it is. Fiance and I are planning on getting married in Koh Samui, Thailand, in January 2014 instead of November 2013, like we had initially planned because it’s monsoon season there in November. Problem with January is that it’s a popular time for people to get married there, and the resort we really like only does 5 weddings each month, and as of now, they already have about 3 dates booked, so I have to actually do the planning way ahead of time. I agree with PP that the timing also is more so the guests have plenty of time to make arrangements to come, etc.
Post # 9
@rebeccaj: yes it does matter, you’d probably have to go ahead and hire a wedding planner/coordinator but most hotel packages come with one. All of my vendors are local the Grand Cayman and we are getting married on the beach but it’s basically at the hotel where our reception will be held.
I agree it will also depend on where you are getting married. Some places are more popular than others and I know I was competing for my date with another bride by June of this year so I had to put down the deposit to hold it. That was 10 months out! So it will depend on location.