Post # 1
We’ve decided to get married next year in Venice (either June or September when the weather is amazingly perfect).
Now I need destination bride advice! Who has gotten married in Europe who lives in the US?I’m based out of NY and since my fiance’s family is HUGE we decided to cut the list from 300 to 30 and take the wedding to Venice. My fiance proposed to me there so that is what makes it even more special for us. We plan to have the civil ceremony in NY at city hall to cut headaches and costs and then bring our immediate family and best friends to Italy to celebrate in a symbolic ceremony and reception.
Destination Brides –
Did(are) you hire a wedding planner who lives in the destination of where you plan to get married?
How much is it looking to cost overall? (and/or a breakdown)
What are you paying out of pocket for guests? (i.e lodging)
If anyone wants to post -I would love to see photos of your Europe destination wedding!
Thank you all!
Post # 4
I am getting married in Scotland in August and am planning everything from the suburbs of Washington, DC. We’re looking at around 70 guests I think (we invited just over a hundred and LOTS of them want to come 🙂
We are not hiring a wedding planner. We’ll have a day of coordinator that the venue supplies but that’s it.
I think we’re looking at the $15,000 range. The vast majority of that is food and open bar – the two things that were most important to my FI. We’re also getting screwed over my the exchange rate since pounds sterling are so much more than the dollar.
We are not paying for anything for our guests except day of wedding stuff – transportation to the venue and back, reception food and drinks, etc. They are on their own for lodging, airfare, etc. Most of them are extending and making a vacation out of it.
Post # 5
@Glasgowbound: Thanks for replying! A wedding in Scotland sounds amazing! Food is our highest priority as well, we are renting out this amazing tiny restaurant for our party. Are you having a rehearsal dinner the night before? We were thinking of having everyone come in on a Thursday morning, have the rehearsal dinner on Thursday night – Friday is for everyone to relax and enjoy the city and ceremony on Saturday.
Also are you doing the civil ceremony back home or in Scotland?
Post # 6
We’re not sure yet about a rehearsal dinner. They don’t really do them in the UK (FI is from Scotland) so his response was – “Wait. We’re paying for the wedding. Why the hell would we pay for everyone to eat the day before? And what the hell do we have to practise???” So, not sure yet what we’re doing. I know we’re getting together with people for drinks, but we won’t be paying for it at all.
We are just doing the ceremony in Scotland, nothing here.