(Closed) Any Destination brides out there?

posted 13 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Moonie – we’re getting married in Oahu, too.  I love it there.  Ours will likely be a very small wedding as well – immediate families and close friends.  I’m hoping everyone that I really want to be there will be able to make it.  I guess that’s the drawback of the destination wedding.

I haven’t been to Maui, but have heard wonderful things.

Post # 18
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Helper bee

I’m getting Maui’ed as well!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Fantastic!  I’m hoping to learn much from this board!  Just got engaged over the long weekend and now in search for the venue.  My Fiance is advocating a desination wedding…we just don’t know where yet!  Looking forward to reading more!

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

isn’t a bit difficult flying blind, i.e. planning and not being there?

it’s a little overwhelming, don’t even know where to start! 

btw, congratulations everyone!

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

it is definitely interesting planning from a distance and making most of your decisions based on telephone calls and websites!  we are getting married in red lodge montana – near yellowstone park.  we visited a couple months ago and were pretty happy with the choices in vendors we had made… so here’s hoping the last couple months go smoothly as well!  what is everyone doing with their wedding ‘projects’ like favors, programs, decorations, etc.  i feel like with all the stuff i’m bringing, including my gown and honeymoon stuff, we will be bringing a million things to the airport!  but i’m scared to part with my favors or decorations and ship them out to our hotel in advance… what if they get lost!

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah for destination brides! I just had my destination wedding last Friday at St. George Island, FL. We had 45 of our closest family and friends come from all over and it was the best week of our lives. We ate and drank and laughed and cried and loved! It was completely fabulous. The weather held off for our ceremony on the beach and the reception went off without a hitch! I honestly would not have changed a thing.

We started by taking a trip down there to explore the area. Made an appointment with a wedding planner while we were there and booked a beach house where we had all the events for the weekend. We asked around to the locals while we were there and made all our contacts that way. It seemed like it was all meant to be because it worked out perfect from every angle.

Family and friends were able to see us finally getting married (after 8 years) and they got an awesome vacation out of it. I will say they all pitched in to help cook and clean but they got to eat and drink every meal on us for free so it was a fair trade.

Please feel free to message me if anyone has any questions. Best of Luck to all those in the planning stage, it is so worth it!

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

BonnieBon – congrats!!  Sounds like a fantastic wedding.  Nice to hear!

Moonie – yes, it is definitely challenging to plan things from afar.  There are some good suggestions re: vendors on the Hawaii board.

The one good thing about planning from a distance is that it forces you to let go of the outcome, and to trust that your wedding day is going to be perfect whatever happens, because it’s an expression of your love for each other. 

It is so easy to get caught up in the details and not enjoy the day. I watched this happen to my sister three years ago.  She has always been into DIY projects, and likes everything to be perfect (not in a Bridezilla way, but she has descriminating taste and a good eye for design).  In the end, her wedding was gorgeous, but caused her so much stress that she started fighting – big time – with my brother-in-law.  They are a great couple and love each other very much, but the planning ate them alive for a while.  They are ok now, but my sister still has regrets about how the wedding went.  She specifically warned me to learn to let go of expectations – especially for a destination wedding. 

I just hope I don’t go too far the other way.  Knock on wood that there isn’t a ranting post from me in a year, complaining about how my wedding sucked.  🙂

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi all! I’m planning on a destination wedding…destination unknown! 🙂

Right now, we’re looking at Florida beaches…anyone have some suggestions? We’re planning on a small party (20 people including the bride and groom)…any advice is greatly appreciated!

 Thanks in advance!

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@ BonnieBon – I’ll be on St. George island this weekend!!!  Too bad I couldn’t make it – just kidding!!  The island place is gorgeous!!  Please post pictures of your wedding when you have a chance. 

Post # 26
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We are getting married in Vegas! The planning has been a breeze because we bought a package at the hotel. Just about everything is included, and the coordinator is wonderful. Our reception is at a restaurant inside the hotel, again, we have another coordinator who is handling the details.

I work full time and go to grad school full time; wedding planning does not fit into my schedule very well. Although it seems a little weird planning a wedding without actually seeing anything seems weird, I have confidence things will be fine.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I may be slightly biased, but destination weddings are the way to go!  I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have enjoyed our wedding in Chicago as much as I did in Jamaica.  It was PERFECT!

Destination, all the way!!

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Getting Married in Jamaica in May of 2010. Leaving in a few weeks to go to Jamaica to see about where we would like to stay, as well as for a vacation of course! Congrats to all the brides to be.

Post # 30
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are have a destination wedding….kind of. We are from western NC, but we are getting married at Topsail beach.  We met there 6 years ago, and just think it it too perfect!  We wanted to invite our family and friends and have a great time on the beach and have a vacay at the same time.  We plan on getting married on a Saturday, and then staying there with our closest friends for the rest of the week.  We are going to save for a bigger honeymoon to be taken later.  We already live together, with all of our friends spread around the state and don’t get to see them often, so we just thought it would be a great way to spend time with them.  We are looking into the HUGE houses at Topsail Island.  We are just asking our friends to help pay for the house, but we are providing food and drinks and things like that.  It is very hard to plan when it is 5 hours away, but I love to do projects and am very crafty, so we are doing sooo many diy projects!!  I am very excited about all of it!!  I am glad to see there are other Destination Weddings taking place, esp in todays economy!!!! Good Luck planning!!! And if anybody needs any inspiration on diy…just let me know!!!!

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 1010

I’m so excited about this board. I’m getting married June 2010 in Negril, Jamiaca and I’ve had such a hard time finding good Destination Wedding boards and blogs. Thanks Mr and Mrs. Bee!!!

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