Post # 1
so I’m recently engaged – and excited! but suddenly feeling overwhelmed.
I orignially thought a destination wedding would work out the best for my situation – my fiance and I live in NYC but he’s from the UK – we really don’t have the $$$ to swing a NYC wedding for the amount of friends we have and we are paying all on our own.
I initially thought a destination to the carribean at an all inclusvie would be the best bet – we could invite everyone on our list and if they can make it great, if not no biggie, and we’d save money in the end then having 1 night in nyc.
My question is WHERE TO BEGIN? Have any of you used websites to coorindinate your destination wedding? I am worried about getting packages at the right price point for UK travelers and people from the states – are there places that do all of that for you? (flights, rooms, resort negotiations)? I’m feeling really overwhelmed and want to make this reasonably affordable for our guests if they chose to attend — any info woudl be great! thanks!
Post # 3
i suggets this website so much people must think i work there haha but
got info and reviews for all the major DW destinations – hawaii, jamaica, domincan republic, mexico its really helpful. i use it for my mexico wedding
Post # 4
@angthrice: Have you narrowed down locations yet?
I was really overhwelmed at the beginning as well! Don’t worry, it does get easier =)
Post # 5
1.) What kind of destination do you envision for your big day? Breezy and on the beach? Irish Castle? Partying it us in Las Vegas? Winter romantic at aRocky mountain ski resort?
2.) Once you have that nailed down, start researching. Go to a travel agent and pick up literature (especially helpful if in the Caribbean). Internet sites devoted to destination weddings and potential properties (Trip Advisor). Narrow down the field by wittling away at potential places until you have a top 5. We went as such : Beach–>Mexico–>Puerto Vallarta—>Dreams Resort—>Dreams Puerto Vallarta. Sounds simple but that took nearly 4 months of figuring out what we wanted…
3.) We started off planning for Dreams Puerto Aventuras, but after a lot of deliberating we (ok, ok… I), made it known my heart was set on Dreams Puerto Vallarta. Why? Because we have been there together and it was where I envisioned walking down the aisle. Why am I telling you this….Because, it may be in your best interest to take part in ‘site visits’. Yes, it’s expensive to do, but no matter what the reviews say there’s only one way to know if a property truly fits and that is to visit it.
4.) In the case of going it blind (which a lot of brides do, and have no regrets) get to know your travel agent. Also, make sure you contact the on-site wedding co-ordinator (if available) or a local wedding planner. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. She/He knows the resort/area inside and out and will be a top resource in executing your perfect day. That being said, two things to note. 1.) You are not their only bride. There will be times when they can not focus on you because their plates are full executing other brides perfect day (Resorts can host as many as 4-5 weddings a day) So…. 2.) Don’t expect an immediate answer when your wedding is still 6 months out. Don’t worry, their attention will shift to you as your day draws closer.
5.) Most important…have fun. That’s what a DW is all about. Breathe your personality into it where you can. Seriously, it’s about having fun!