Post # 1
I got engaged 10/31/18 and know 4 things
I want to marry my fiancee, on a beach, in a pretty dress, and I would like decent pictures.
Honestly I want a destination wedding but
my dad says he refuses to deal with TSA and will not fly
we cant elope because my fiancee’s 17 year old daughter would be heart broken
We cant just go the 3 of us because that’s a seriously awkward honeymoon
Our families as a whole drive us insane (minus a select few)
there are way too many choices of destinations…
we refuse to spend an arm & a leg.
So basically I have no clue want to do where and every time I start to look into it I get overwhelmed and give up.
If anyone has any advice on cheap destination weddings please share.
Where did you go, why, and how was it? Or why did you pick your destination for your upcoming wedding?
Post # 2
preciousmetal143 : Your father wont fly because of TSA?? Even for his own daughters wedding? WHY?
Go to the courthouse with your VIPs.
Post # 3
Where do you live bee? Are there any beaches within reasonable driving distance, like even on a lake if you don’t live near a coast?
Post # 4
- Wedding: Chateau Lake Louise
preciousmetal143 : Go the three of you. Buy her a plane ticket to go home early. At 17, she’s old enough to fly alone. Have her mother pick her up at the airport and enjoy your honeymoon without her.
Post # 5
teamroro : This is a great idea!
Also- the way I handled people with opinions was that anyone pointing out problems but not offering solutions to address them could step to the side and take a sip of STFU while the planning went on (so, your father and his TSA bs should take a nice healthy gulp).
Another possible solution would be for you to have your official legal wedding at the courthouse locally with a few loved ones (followed by a dinner reception at a restaurant) and then a private “elopement” on the beach with your husband and photographer on your honeymoon- go out to the beach, say your own vows to one another, take photos and enjoy your honeymoon time.
ETA- The thing I did that helped us out a lot with planning was to get clear about our top 3 priorities (for you, it sounds like Affordable and Low Stress, Step Daughter’s presence, Beach and Photographer). If you’re open to being creative (or non traditional) about HOW you make those happen, you can pretty much do anything. And when you start feeling overwhelmed, just return to your basics- anything that supports those, keep in the pot for consideration, anything that doesn’t support them, toss it!
Post # 6
You have a lot of the same basic facts as we do! I have a 17 year old daughter and we are flying away to the beach to get married because of family issues. We are bringing my daughter and her BFF along. But we’re only going to be gone 4 days and will be taking our actual honeymoon at a later date. We’re bringing her friend though so we can have a little alone time the next day and she won’t feel awkward since she can hang with her friend.