- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2016
So FI and I are leaning heavily toward a destination wedding (Punta Cana, DR to be exact) for a few reasons…. We want to invite a lot of people, we don’t want the up front/per person costs to be high, and my FI’s family is from DR so it means a lot to him. (They’re from a different part of the island though, about 6 hours away from Punta Cana. It’s unlikely that a lot of them would come.)
I’m all for a destination wedding, especially because I don’t have to leave anyone off the guest list and thus make anyone mad. And I can still keep the numbers down because I know a good chunk of the invite list won’t make it.
The only reason I hesitate to do desitination is because of the gifts, or potential lack thereof. I feel like after people spend close to $1,000 to attend our wedding, they’ll probably only give us a small gift, if any at all. And I doubt the people that get invited but don’t make it will be mailing in checks! I know if we have a local wedding, it’ll be expensive up front, but at least we’ll recoup some on the back end because we both have big families, and I have a lot of friends. Of course there’s also the possibility that more people than anticipated will come to our destination wedding, and we’ll have to foot a big, with a small return (aka gifts).
Just wondering what others think of this and if anyone else ever had this dilemma.