US Destination weddings

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

We are having ours in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but I am having to plan it from Texas. My situation is a little different though, in that it’s in my hometown. I have my mom and sisters there to take care of stuff from that end. Being from MB and growing up in a tourist city, I knew what times of year to avoid. For example I picked May 1, 2015 because it’s after Spring Break but before the bike rally and Memorial Day. Hotels and vendors will charge you more during peak tourist season.

Lots of people have beach weddings in SC and the beaches are gorgeous, but we’re having the ceremony in the garden of the Cooper House, a Victorian home built in 1908 by my hometown’s first postmaster. The reception is right next door inside the General Store which served as the first trading post. It’s a very rustic and historical venue that is absolutely gorgeous. A lot more secluded/intimate than the popular beach wedding or a hotel wedding, but that’s just our personal preference. 

In your case I would either hire a wedding planner or try to visit at least once or twice to make lots of appointments and see things in person. whichever cities you’re interested in, google to see if they have a local bridal association/network. You’ll get lots of well established vendor recommendations. Check out tons of reviews on wedding sites. Look at the cities’ website as well for points of interest, policies on renting out public beaches/parks. Sometimes you have to apply for a permit for a beach/public wedding. Also, be sure to look up the state’s marriage laws. In SC you do not have to be a resident but there is a 24 hour wait period after you apply, before you can pick up the license. The paperwork and fees required will usually vary by county. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  2YorkiesMama.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  2YorkiesMama.
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We are planning a wedding in Colorado, because it’s mid point between where our familes are and where we live in the mid westrn US. Im just starting the planning, but my goal is to find a location that is both in the same place, as well as wakling distance to some hotels. We’ll be picking a fall wedding so we can avoid the winter as well as an uncomfortable time during the summer. And we’re also going to be hiring a wedding planner because of the distance. Im Type A but I have to let it go as I just can’t control as much as I’d like.

Like i said, im just starting the planning, but I wanted to comment to follow along

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Wannabee

We are doing Las Vegas in December.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had a domestic destination in Sonoma and planned it from the east coast.  Every guest except for 5 had to travel by a plane flight or drive over 6 hours.  We  had 100 guests and our welcome party, ceremony, and reception were all at our main hotel (same venue for everything).  A close friend officiated and we had about 12 ppl in our bridal party.  We had blocks at three different hotels to give ppl different price levels.  We did not provie a shuttle since ppl could choose to stay at the main venue and we gave taxi and driving info in advance.  It was amazing.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

So we are getting married on MDI on top of Cadillac. We live locally though. Where were you thinking of? I went to college in Bar Harbor & may be able to give you. A better idea of what the venue is like. 

 

One thing to be aware of, if you are having a park wedding, you can’t bring chairs & you can’t block other park goers from that area. 

 

We are doing our rehearsal dinner at Michelle’s in Bar Harbor & our breakfast after the wedding (sunrise ceremony) at 2 cats. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

The Bar Harbor Inn is nice, but depending on the time of year, Bar Harbor is CRAZY busy. It’s a tiny town so it gets busy quickly during tourist season. 

 

Have yuo looked at the Asticou Inn/Asticou gardens over on the other side of the island? Super gorgeous and much more intimate IMO. 

 

Apparently most weddings in Acadia take place at Schootic Point, but that isn’t actually on MDI and it would be difficult to find as an out of town guest. We are getting married on top of Cadillac at sunrise, but I wouldn’t suggest Cadillac unless you’re doing a sunrise ceremony (depending on the season, it’s super busy). Wonderland is gorgeous but a bit of a hike. Sand beach is fun and pretty. 

 

One of my friends got married on hill overlooking the harbor last year & then had the reception at the Bar Harbor Inn. That was really nice because they are so close & they were able to set up chairs. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

September is gorgeous in Maine & will help with the crazy tourist season for sure. We are getting married the weekend after Labor Day to avoid the crazy of that holiday but also avoid the leaf peepers. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

damarajade:  thanks- we also invited over 220 ppl  over time. We wanted 100-120.  It was the perfect circumstances. having our wedding in sonoma let us invite everyone we wanted to but still have the size of wedding we could afford and the type of wedding we wanted. 

Some circumstances: I’m from SoCal so ppl out on the east coast already expected a Cali trip for our wedding and half of my family is in cali. We also sent out save the dates at about 10 months before the wedding and gave detailed info on logistics starting then too. we checked w some of our friends before picking date/location and it turned out that EVERYBODY had been waiting for an excuse to visit sonoma if they could afford it and get vacay time. Oh and we got married in July – a great time for sonoma but not the complete peak Of the season. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

damarajade: I’ll be sure to post pictures!

 

Another thing I just thought of that I figure is important – Bar Harbor is pretty far from the airports if you are flying in. There is an airport in Trenton (probably 30mintues away) but it’s crazy small & expensive. There is one in Bangor (an hour & a half way) but it’s also small and expensive and then there is Portland (4ish hours away) that’s bigger & more reasonably priced.   

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