(Closed) Wedding in Bahamas in Oct…Am I Nuts ?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Go ahead and do it, just get wedding insurance!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Do your research. do they offer insurance? October is rather late in the season , mid September being the peek of storm season in the south. I’m a third generation native to south florida and my Grandpa use to say about storms. " June too soon , September remember , October all over" While this is not always the case , as we well know , it should be ok. But if you are really concerned then you might want to look somewhere else. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

I say go for it! I shot a few weddings in Thailand in the peak of monsoon season and everything turned out great! Here are some of the photos…

http://www.bobbyearle.com/thailandweddings

Heck, if you have a great wedding photographer and it does rain, he/she will be able to memorialize it in a beautiful and fun way 🙂

Bobby Earle

http://www.bobbyearle.com 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I had my wedding on Bermuda last October.  I was a bit worried about the weather since my wedding was on the beach (aboard the cruise ship if it rained) but the weather was a gorgeous 80 degrees.  As long as you have rain plans (somewhere indoors), then go for it.  When it’s all over, go for the "dancing in the rain" pictures if you are up for it.   

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I will say- from living in Miami Beach the last 10 years, which is right next to the bahamas, October is typically our busiest time for Hurricanes.  So make sure  you have a back up plan and like some of the other girls mentioned- trip insurance.   Last year we were fortunate enough to have an uneventful hurricane season (thank goodness).

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I too, am getting married October 18th- on the beach in FLorida!!

every year in October, since my mom was pregnant with me, we spend time in Florida on the coast, and have never had bad weather (knock on wood).

I went with my fiances family to Mexico this past October- same thing, they all worried about a hurricane- and we had great weather!

Go for it.  

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am not sure what wedding insurance covers or the details of hurricaine season, but I would just advise you to be courteous of your guests who are flying in.  I was a guest and BM at a destination wedding this past winter.

Destination weddings are always expensive for the guests.  I was okay with the costs until the bride had changed the location AFTER I bought my tickets–this tagged on extra costs to change my plane ticket (and this could happen to you if the hurricaine hits and you can’t fly into the Bahamas).  Also, we ran into travel nightmares because of the winter weather which made us and most the wedding guests (we all travelled as a group) have to get a hotel at connecting city because we weren’t able to take off that day due to the weather.  This incurred an extra cost to us and all the other guests who were travelling with us because the Bride and Groom didn’t offer to pay.  A lot of the guests were pretty unhappy with this situation because it ended up costing me and my FI about 3K to go to the wedding.

 I understand that you want to have the wedding where you want to have it, but you really should be considerate of your guests because they are using their precious vacation days and hard earned extra money to see you get married.  Not to mention if there IS a hurricaine, this would cause you so much stress and create a logisitical nightmare for you.

 If you DO go ahead with your plan, I would encourage that you and your guests book plane and hotel with a travel agency.  I booked my hotel with the travel agency–they were pretty accomidating in changing dates and adjusting to my schedule without any extra fees.  I bought my plane tickets through the airline company because I thought that I could find a better deal, but when the date/location changed, they charged me about $100/ticket to change it!  Also, airlines don’t consider it their fault if there is weather problems, so they will make the CUSTOMER pay for resheduling.  

I hope this helps and you can learn from my painful and COSTLY experience!

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

Stinkyfeet has a great point. I’ll say the same thing I told my wife before we decided on getting married on the beach…in January…during El Nino!

I asked if she would still be able to love and enjoy our wedding day if it ended up pouring down on us. She said absolutely so we went for it. It ended up being the warmest Jan 4 in San Diego since the mid 1800’s! And we would have been just as happy had it poured down…nothing was going to change the fact that we were getting married – rain or shine 🙂

 

Bobby

http://www.bobbyearle.com 

Post # 12
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Newbee

I am having the same dliemma. We dont know if we should go ahead with a 10/28/08 wedding the bahamas. I just dont know what to do. I would feel terrible if the weather was bad/rainy for the people who traveled quite a distance.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

It can definitely be hit or miss.  We went to the Bahamas for our honeymoon last October and we were hit with a tropical storm!  We thought we’d escape hurricane season because we went Oct. 29-Nov 1, but we didn’t.  Just have a backup!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Hurricane season goes into November – keep that in mind too.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007

i was married in great exuma in june 2007.  you can not predict the weather, so i say that if you really want you wedding at that location, either just book it or wait another month.  it ended up raining on and off during our wedding weekend, and we were not able to have our ceremony on the beach.  there was never a steady downpour, so our guests were still able to enjoy their time on the beach.  hope that helps!

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