Post # 1
Hi….new to the boards. Long time lurker! LOL
Second marriage for both of us…..I really dislike the idea of having a wedding, so we are leaning towards a ceremony for 2 while on an island vacation, or maybe something in the US like Niagara Falls. We are going to have a reception for our family sometime after the wedding.
Do any of you have a suggestion for a simple yet intimate destination wedding?
Which is the most hassle free of the resorts and the islands rules and regulations?
Any suggestions for Puerto Rico?
Many thanks in advance. 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I only have experience being a guest, but I went to a small destination wedding in St John (US Virgin Islands) that was really lovely, the bride used a wedding planner on the island. Might be worth looking in to!
Post # 4
I’m looking at St. John as well…no customs to go through and they have beautiful beaches. We are both encores and his children don’t really have a lot of interest in being in a wedding (teenage boys!) so elope on the beach, vacation and maybe a party when we get home.
Post # 5
We’re eloping to Italy and I know the legal process to get married there (especially as foreigners) is daunting. We’re having a legal ceremony in the US and a “symbolic” ceremony in Italy for that reason. It might be worth looking into what it takes to get a marriage license in Puerto Rico- it maybe not be too bad, since it is part of the US and probably has requirement similar to getting married in a different state. I know in DC we had to wait 3 days between applying for the paperwork and picking up the license, but ours never expire and we had the option of having our officiant drop the paperwork off for us. I would think PR (and the Virgin Islands) would be similar and probably pretty easy, since they are part of the US and popular for destination weddings.
Post # 6
We are heading to Dominican Republic and will be staying a the Majestic Elegance Resort. The resort does aamassing job wi weddings and has a packageof or elopements (wedding for two). We have been there before and the grounds are beautiful, amazing beaches and staff and great food!
Post # 7
@Miss.Meow: yes, that resort is gorgeous. i have been there too and they did a lot of intimate weddings for two. great idea.
Post # 8
Sandals has a wedding that is included if you stay so many nights and it includes a lot of free things. Sandals resorts are all inclusive and also many locations.
Post # 9
Yay, congrats on your upcoming wedding! We have an elopement board so you might want to check there. I’m an eloping bride too.
Post # 10
Sandals Ochos Rios in Jamaica. Their residency requirement is 48 hrs after arrival. Ours will be a vow renewal because we had a courthouse ceremony June 8th for insurance reasons. Plans are the same for us encore, second marriage as well.
We are having a twilight ceremony, then the included cocktail reception and then a private candlelight dinner on or near the beach. We are arriving on Saturday and having the ceremony Monday. The rest of the week is honeymoon. We booked the trip before we became engaged but that was my DH’s plan when we booked with Sandals. You can go with the included free wedding or lots of additional extras. I am taking my own real touch bouquet only because I don’t like the included style and to upgrade was too costly in my opinion. We are also going on a sunset lovers cruise another evening.
I feel like this will be just right for us, intimate and very personal. For a private ceremony, I think it is just enough tradition, easy to plan, beautiful, and yet very meaningful. My husband and I were first loves forty three years ago! We found each other again almost two years ago..AT LAST!