Post # 1
So FI and I have decided to cancel the wedding we were planning. We realized it just wasn’t “us” anymore, and the budget was getting out of control.
We have decided to elope somewhere tropical and then have a BBQ/Party when we return for family and friends.
Not sure where to even start. How did you decide on your destination? Did you hire a travel agent or company specializing in DW?
I feel lost and don’t know where to start!!!
Post # 3
Ooh! How fun!
Well, I guess we liked mountains so we could narrow it down that way. Then we picked somewhere we could drive to (it was going to be planned last minute, so no flights for us), and somewhere we’ve never been (so a long day’s drive away for sure). We didn’t want to go anywhere we could visit on any old weekend, it had to be far.
I also wanted to do a package, but find my own photographer. I wanted stressfree!
I guess do you want to go somewhere they speak English and have American currency?
Or a different language and currency is OK?
I guess that would be one step to narrow down tropical places.
Post # 4
I just looked up places with elopement packages because I didn’t want to have to plan anything from far away. We had a budget in mind too which helped narrow things down. If you go to a foreign country be sure to look into their requirements for marriage as well.
Post # 5
We’re gettting married about an hour away from our home so I’m no help but there is a “destination” board that would probably have the answers you need. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s a reflection of you and your fiance and you won’t go wrong. Good luck!
Post # 6
Pick a place you’ve always wanted to go! The wedding is for you, after all.
FI and I took sort of an opposite approach – we started by looking at wedding photographers in our destination. You can try the WPJA, or Fearless Photographers directories. Even if you don’t want to hire a photographer, you can still get a good sense of what your wedding will be like.
Most photographers will list what hotel the wedding was at – and from there you can visit the hotel’s website. I would imagine most hotels in tropical locations would have some sort of wedding package listed. From there, contact the hotel, and don’t be afraid to negotiate price – hosting a wedding for 2 is a lot less work than hosting a wedding for 25-100.