(Closed) Short engagement with a destination wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@cali_cat:  I did it in 4 months! My mom handled the majority of the details (largely because I can’t make phone calls at my job) and all I had to really worry about was dealing with dress fittings. Most people think I’m a little crazy, but the wedding is in two days and it’s going to be gorgeous!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I am sure it can be done but it might be a lot to ask of guests to pull together the money/arrange leave to attend with just 6 months notice. That would be my only concern everything else (vendors) would be up to availability!

Post # 6
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@cali_cat:  Yeah, we did have some people who just weren’t able to swing it with the short notice, but we expected that with a DW. We are very fortunate in that my  parents paid for lodging for all relatives and had the hotel quote a MUCH lower price than the normal group rate to our guests and they paid the difference. 

Post # 8
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did it in less than 5 months. It can be done!! All of my guest list except for 4 came to the wedding too!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@cali_cat:  I got married six months after I got engaged. I threw the wedding together in I’d say about two months including waiting time and indecisiveness 😉

totally doable.

Post # 10
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6750 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cali_cat:  Start contacting hotels right away.  I started planning a DW for Nov-Dec 2013 and the dates we wanted were already booked.  It was really difficult for me because I had to consider school schedules because friends are teachers, sister is in college, has kids in school, etc.  But, if your dates are flexible, you can probably find something much easier.  6 months can be really short notice for a vacation, though.  My FI and I don’t really ever plan anything that far in advance, but my friend plans her vacations 8+ months in advance, so it will just depend.

Even without a ring yet, since you know it’s coming, start contacting hotels and vendors to get pricing and availability so you can get a head start.  Also, check out the best destination weddings forum and maybe get in touch with a travel agent who will help you put everything together easily and coordinate all your guests.  I don’t think they charge you anything, I think they get some sort of a kickback from the hotels, so it won’t really cost you anything to use them.

Or, if you have the money for it and you already know where you want your destination (just not sure which hotel) – then you can always hire a DW wedding planner to help you with all the details since you don’t have much time!

Good luck!

Post # 11
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1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We are doing it in 8 months.  Engaged Oct 2011, set the date end Jan 2012, wedding Sept 23.  Tho to be fair I have now done ALL my jobs (apart from packing, putting the music we want on the ipod, and finishing our vows) so really we could skim another 6-8 weeks off of that time happily.

It’s definately possible.

Good luck!  And congratulations

Post # 12
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2877 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@cali_cat:  it really depends when and where and what kind of venue

some resorts for example, have multiple weddings per day…so they will give you an available slot. if theres only one per day, then youre more limited (esp saturdays, even for DW a lot of people go for saturdays!)

also things liek high/low season make a difference and main holiday dates (national holidays where everyone has time off, school holidays etc)s. chance are, for example, in september/october you’d find spaces for a wedding in mexico, cancun – as its often avoided as its prime hurricane season. april/may are very popular however, and maybe need to be booked earlier. not sure how different things are in cabo

the main issue would be the guests travelling at relatively short notice, im sure you cuold find the venue. i think its enough time, but you need to start looking asap

good luck!

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