(Closed) Our “destination” wedding (in Iowa)

posted 8 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

congrats and welcome! trust me it is so great to be able to just hop on the computer to get an opinion or ask a question! i dont know what id do without these boards! id be lost haha!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Your plan sounds lovely, welcome to WB ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Congrats!  We are having a “destination wedding” in Oklahoma City, and so far planning from afar has been a much bigger pain than I ever imagined.

Hang in there, and enjoy the ride!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hey, I agree that that sounds really nice! What is it you need help with so far? Decor? These boards have been great for me and I hope they help you too. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Congratulations!

I’m an Iowan, though not familiar with Decorah. Where are you flying into? Are you set on Decorah specifically or would you be willing to have it in a “larger” city?

What sort of sources are you using to look for places?

Sorry for all the random questions!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Welcome to weddingbee!  You will love it here!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Woohoo! I was married in Des Moines- not sure how far Decorah is away from there but if you need any vendor recommendations that could travel let me know!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MsInterpret:  Congratulations on the wedding!  I think it is wonderful that you can have it in a place that feels like “home” to at least one of you.  Our wedding was in Massachusetts, which was not meaningful to either of us except that it was a place that would let us get legally married.

We had our wedding on a Tuesday.  MA isn’t quite as strict as Iowa about the 3-day waiting period.  (It’s pretty easy to go to court and get it waived.)  However, we still had to be there on a weekday to go to both the marriage license office and the court.  Tuesday worked fine for our tiny (12 guests) wedding.  Obviously, if you were trying to have a huge wedding, fewer people would be there if they had to travel to get there and it is on a weekday.  But if you want a small legal ceremony, followed by a larger at-home reception, the weekday wedding can work.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it would be so awesome if you could find a restaurant on the Mississippi to hold your dinner! Perhaps look online for places in Dubuque if Decorah doesn’t end up working.

Snow in March…hmmm…it could be snowy or it could be 60 degrees. This March during spring break I belive it got up to 70. But we are two hours south.

Idk what you’re doing for photography, but if you’re interested we used Big River Studio based out of Dubuque. Rachel shot our wedding, she did an great job, was very kind, and very affordable. She drove the two hours to our event too.

As far as other ways to search vendors, there are some in the Weddingbee Vendors section if you haven’t checked that out yet.

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MsInterpret, we paid $400 for our photographer.  That covered three hours of time (getting ready photos, ceremony, and formals of us and our dozen guests after the ceremony), a disk of all the edited images, and rights to use the photos however we wanted.  It did not cover prints or albums, but we can make those as we need them.

We found him by looking on Craigslist for the wedding area, then following his link from Craigslist to see his Web site with previous wedding pictures he had done.  The guy had been with a big agency for years, but couldn’t use any of his prior photos because the agency owned the copyright.  Thus, he was willing to do photos at low rates to help build up his portfolio.  He did gorgeous photos of us.  And I’m noticing that it would now be more than twice as much to get the package we had.

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