Post # 1
I work with a guy whose sister is getting married in Jamacia soon. They are getting married on a beach, and the closest airport/hotel is 40 miles away. The guy was trying to book a flight and room last night at the resort, and he said it was going to cost $4,000 for him to fly down there and stay for a weekend! He said she invited 200 people!
He was telling the office about how fristrated he was, and then he said that they can’t even legally be married there (not sure why), but that they’re legally going to be married at a courthouse when they get back to the US!
We all told him he should just show up at the courthouse lol. I feel so bad for him.. and his whole family lol
Post # 3
Wow!! Did he book at the last minute? I am going to assume that the question is would it be rude to ask parents to pay $4K for a destination wedding? If so…I don’t think it’s rude if enough notice is given to get good deals. For a Destination Wedding, giving your guests a year to plan would be a good thing. Most resorts also give discounted rates if you can guarantee a certain amount of guests will attend. However, if it’s last minute, I am sure the bride and groom will understand that not everyone will be able to afford to spend that much cash for a Destination Wedding…especially not in this economy.
As far as the wedding being not legal…that makes me think even more that this is a last minute thing. My Fiance and I are getting married in Jamaica and it will be 100% legal. We had to have our paperwork submitted at least 60 days in advance and we have already received confirmation that all of the neccesary paperwork has been filed…we just have to fulfill the 24 hr residency requirement when we get there.
Post # 4
Ohhhh ahahh I see! Wow that stinks for everyone involved. I kind of got the feeling that it was last minute too, because he’s been frantically trying to book things for a few weeks. What a disater!
Post # 5
I’m not sure if I’d attend if I were him. I find this whole situation odd because I paid $1100 WITH AIR AND HOTEL from San Francisco to Montego Bay Jamaica last year. I photographed a wedding there and my boyfriend went with me ( $1100 each at a 3 star all inclusive resort ). I paid $100 for a cab to take me to the north side of the island and back ( bf drove with me for safety ) to do the wedding. Those were our total costs. We used expedia.
Post # 6
There are some really great deals out there…and Jamacia is not nearly as expensive as some other locations. Perhaps point him in the direction of cheapcaribbean.com? A quick search for a PACKAGE (flight and hotel) for less than two weeks from now (from Philadelphia) was $525 a person…
Post # 7
We are having a destiantion wedding too, and we have decided to just do whatever we wnat how we want. hopefully a lot of people will be able to make it, but i understand if they cant. its just something to have to expect if you want to go away for a wedding.
although we did originally want Mexico but didn’t want for everyone to have to worry about passports and the language thing (not a tourist type city).
Post # 8
That is outrageous! I think he SHOULD go, after all its his sister but I think its ridiculous to extend that invite to 200 people and expect them all to be there. Perhaps that was intentional? Make it ridiculously difficult to be a guest will cut down on ppl actually there thus making their costs less? who knows…
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Yes, that is rude! Totally ridiculous! They should have planned better.
Post # 10
Me thinks that we haven’t heard the whole story, especially since this is his sister’s wedding. If he’s waited until the last minute to book anything, then it’s his own fault for having it be $4000 v probably $2k.
Post # 11
@Miss Sapphire….that’s what I was thinking…either the wedding was last minute for the couple (based on the “not legal” aspect of it), the couple arranged expensive accomodations to meet a resort minimum, or the brother waited until the last minute to actually book.
Post # 12
Well HHAAAAA I just found out that this wedding is taking place in AUGUST! That should give everyone plenty of time.. I have no idea what the malfunction is with this.
I told my co worker everything yuo guys are saying.. about how it can be legal there and how it shouldn’t cost this much since it’s not completely last minute. Poor guy.
Post # 13
@Nlmiele….yeah…that should be plenty of time to find something reasonable. Rates may be a little higher since August is a part of peak travel season in the U.S. but if he works with a travel agent…he shouls be able to find something for less than 4k. My suggestion would be to book the rooms now…and wait until it gets closer to book the flights as he will probably be able to find some last minute deals on flights.
Post # 14
Wow. I can’t imagine they would expect 200 people to be able to afford that type of travel costs. Perhaps they were just inviting them all so that no one was left out. Maybe there is a way to stay at a nearby hotel and get a better deal.