Post # 1
First time poster here. I am hoping to get feedback from those who have had destination weddings. What made you decide to travel for your wedding? What were the pros and cons about being married away from home? Did you find it difficult to plan?
Or, those who are in the planning process, what appealed to you about a destination wedding?
Looking forward to hearing about your special days!
Post # 3
I had an atypical destination wedding. We did a 2500 mile, 11 day road trip and drove to the Canadian Rockies to get married. The wedding was on day 5 of the trip.
Our reasons for picking the location:
1. wanted the best backdrop we could find (I gave up a Teton wedding, so we had to go “bigger”)
2. wanted to be able to drive there from home (otherwise last minute flights would be $$$) – had only 15 days to plan the whole thing
3. wanted to get married while on a honeymoon trip
4. same time zone (that was just a bonus)
5. wedding is completely legal in Canada for US citizens
6. another bonus – used our CC but when we had to use cash a few times our American money was accepted (higher exchange rate)
7. family was not able to travel at all so it was OK to go far, far away (ILs were our witnesses though)
Post # 4
@rr8502: Yes we had a DW in St Thomas 10/11/12
We knew that we wanted to go somewhere. The US Virgin Islands doesn’t require a passport and many of my family don’t have them so it made it easier for us to decided on St Thomas. We has a fairly small group of about 25. Most of my family is scattered out all over: NC, GA, PA, CA, FL……so regardless everyone had to fly somewhere so we chose a spot that everyone could enjoy!
Planning was a HUGE PIA…..everyone in the Islands is on “Island Time” meaning they do things on their time when they want to. I am the type of person that likes to get things done right away so that was a HUGE challange to me. I had to learn to just go with the flow……towards the end I was just like whatever….LOL
In the end everything was perfect! Everyone had a BLAST and yes planning was hard but totally worth it!!
Welcome to the weddingbee and happy planning!!
Post # 5
I’m getting married in St. Thomas.
FI and I love to travel so we knew we wanted a DW. We also don’t like big crowds or being the center of attention so we wanted something intimate.
We picked St. Thomas because none of my family has a passport and it’s US Territory. My MOH is from St. Thomas and has lots of family there too, so I have eyes and ears on the island, plus she’s thrilled to go home and visit her family. We also wanted a beautiful backdrop for our wedding, not the typical church or garden. We were super picky because we wanted an ocean/island backdrop without the messy sand. MOH’s father owns a car dealership and she’s “gifting” us with a couple of loaner cars while we’ll be there for the wedding and honeymoon.
The biggest challenge is picking vendors and making decissions site unseen. I was able to plan everything fairly quick in about 2 months, but I put a ton of time into planning in the beginning.
Post # 6
@MrsK1990: Where in st Thomas are you getting married? I just got married out there on 10/11. We got married at sugar bay on their roof top terrace overlooking the ocean….. I too wanted a view minus the sand. Frenchmans reef also has a beautiful setup with a view minus the sand!
Post # 7
I’ve thought about a cruise wedding but I’d love to learn more!
Post # 8
We had a destination wedding but not the tropical resort style DW. We got married in New Orleans because it’s a fabulous place, and an even more fabulous place to get married…tons of beautiful venues to choose from, you can have a parade(!), great music options, great food. And as cities go, prices are fairly reasonable. Most of our guests would have had to travel about the same distance if we had had the wedding locally, and we felt having it in New Orleans would be more fun for everyone. Plus we didn’t have to worry about coming up with things to give the wedding character, because most everything in New Orleans has character inherently.
We did one scouting trip early on to look at venues and we found the rest of our vendors online. It was presumably harder to plan than a local wedding would have been, but it didn’t get frustratingly hard until the very end, when I really would have preferred to be able to have face-to-face meetings to hash out some details I was concerned about, be able to schedule a hair and makeup trial more than a couple days in advance, etc. I hired a “day of plus” coordinator who really helped me out in the last few weeks, and I’m not sure I could have done it without her.
Also I get stressed out having to pack for a trip under any circumstances; packing for my wedding was a whole different level of stress. Just some things to think about. The whole wedding weekend was amazing and I absolutely don’t regret the decision to get married in NOLA.
Post # 9
@rr8502: We chose a destiantion wedding because we wanted something small and didnt want a party at home that cost tons of money and was impersonal..just not our style
We chose our favourite place to travel as our destination wedding location 🙂 and all the closest people to us will be the people that are able to attend our make the effort. We had no hard feelings for those that couldnt make it though as we understand it can be difficult.
We are also legally getting married in our hometown first in my fiances religious ceremony and having a family dinner here so its like I get two wedding days 🙂