What makes it Destination?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It depends. Do you have any family that lives in Key West? 

I think it’s a destination if 1) the location is someplace that people would want to vacation to, wedding aside, and 2) nobody (or like 95%+ of the guests) you’re inviting lives less than a plane ride away from the venue. 

So, yeah, I would consider Key West a destination. But I would also definitely imagine many guests would travel to it. Though I would suspect lots would fly rather than drive seven hours…

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Orion:  My wedding was 2.5 hours away and some guests considered it a semi destination wedding. Almost my whole guest list came (ten people were unable to come but three of those ten got a flat tire on the way). I suspect that you would have a bigger turn down rate than I did but I also believe that loved ones will come regardless of the travel. 

I think destination terms vary from guest to guest. Some might consider it a destination and others may not, wouldn’t be the farthest I have gone for a friends wedding. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Orion:  I think it’s totally reasonable to ask! But I also don’t think you can expect a 63/63 acceptance rate 🙂 Unfortunately, if your parents’ friends are the ones who go to Key West often, they’ll probably all accept… and your (and your DF’s) friends will be the ones less likely to not make it because of cost, travel time, etc.

I’m sorry that your parents said they’ll only pay for this specific venue. That bites. I’m sure it is gorgeous though! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Orion:  Can I ask if you really LOVE this venue or if you are settling for it? If you LOVE the venue then I think it is totally fine to ask guests to travel but I would do your best to make the wedding as accomadating as possible! Maybe get rooms for those who you REALLY want to come so that the cost is lowered for them (I did this for a few guests). If you are settling for the venue then I would find something closer to your guests, something that you LOVE. 

I am personally willing to travel for events like weddings (depending on my relationship with the host) but other people are not so okay with it. I think if you have your heart set on this place then you should be confident in asking others to share in how special your choice is but if you aren’t fixated on this venue then I might consider looking elsewhere/asking less of your guests. 

Best of luck! 

EDIT:Sorry about your parents restrictions, what a bummer! Can you pay for the wedding alone? 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If its far enough away that I want to make a mini vacation out of it instead of just drop in for 2 days for a wedding, it’s destination.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Orion:  I think that makes perfect sense! If this was the best way for you to enjoy a wedding then as a guest I would be happy to attend. It really is lovely! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Orion:  If you can help them in any way then I am sure that would help 🙂

We offered a place to sleep the night after the wedding (maybe you can offer a place for the night before). 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

To me destination wedding means that everyone has to travel either to another country or across country or another state.

I don;t consider a short 2-3 hr drive as a destination wedding.

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