Post # 1
Hi all, just curious whether anyone that is planning a destination wedding has been able to do so with a 6-7 month engagement. I know with more traditional weddings you usually need at least a year in able to book your venue and vendors, but with a destination wedding can you manage to throw it together on a faster schedule?
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@beachbridetx: Congrats! Well, that is great news to hear. Did you have concerns about giving your guests enough time to book their travel? I think that at the most I’d only be able to give 4 months heads up – but the location we are considering isnt that far and it somewhat reasonably priced (Cabo destination and the guests would all be from California).
Post # 5
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
@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 Destination Wedding. 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 # 7
@j_jaye: Our friends and family are a pretty distinct mix of people that could afford a trip like this at the drop of a hat, and those that couldn’t afford it even with a year to save. So I think the guest list would be affected more by if they were free for that weekend and had the vacation time. I know it would be pushing things a bit with a short timeline because there wouldn’t even be a chance to send out STDs!
We aren’t engaged yet (hopefully any day now it will happen!), but we have discussed where we want the wedding to be and that we’d want a short engagement. I’m just trying to get some pre-research done so we can hit the ground running once it does happen. If most hotels in Cabo are already booked 6 months out then I need to let him know we need to think about a plan B.
Post # 8
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
@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 😉
Post # 10
@cali_cat: Start contacting hotels right away. I started planning a Destination Wedding 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 Fiance 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 Destination Wedding wedding planner to help you with all the details since you don’t have much time!
Post # 11
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
@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 Destination Wedding 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