(Closed) Any DW brides encountering this problem..?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

@Cynderbug:  Oh boy! I do know what you are going through.

We are having a dw in hawaii and 2 months later is my Fiance grandmothers 90th bday in hawaii. His mom asked us to change the wedding date as she would be spending alot of my on g-ma’s birthday.

I was really hurt but i refused to change my day. You need to take a breath and remember it is about you and your Fiance. While some people may not be able to come, and that is sad, be happy for who is there celebrating with you!

Do whatever you truly want!

Post # 4
7570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You need to stop thinking of this negatively. Your family are saying these things most likely because they love you and are disappointed that they may not be able to attend your wedding because it is a Destination Wedding. It can be very hard to find out that you may not be able to make a loved ones wedding for whatever reason (finances, travel, work, health). You want to be there but feel like you are letting the couple down because you wont be.

People are usually excited about their loved ones weddings and want to attend but can get upset when they feel like the bride and groom are putting up barriers to allow them to attend (DW, no kids, weekday wedding etc etc).

Every bride and groom needs to decide what is most important to them and whether  they are willing to give up or change things in order to have the people they love there. You are not obligated to change anything but at the same time you can not be upset when people comment or have to decline coming.

Post # 6
4835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I consulted all the close family and made sure they were on baord before choosing to have a destination wedding.  I didn’t want to do it if they weren’t on board (we’re a really tight family).  

However, mine was much further away, and necessitated being away for a week.

Post # 7
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

We just changed our venue due to Future Father-In-Law.  We wanted a mountain wedding.  So we decided to change venue to a different, closer mountain range.  I was really hurt, but everything we did, they didn’t like.  So we are going not so far away, and honestly if they don’t like it, they don’t have to come.  This is the first time I have ever seen my Fiance upset with his parents.  The only reason why I conceded to change venue is because my dream dress was out of budget but with a closer destination wedding, I can now get my dream dress!!  Still upset though.

Post # 8
42 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Cynderbug:  Yup went through it all.  I started working on my own family months before we were even engaged so by the time we were officially engaged, they knew the plan.  However, they got caught up in the moment and the negativity from their friends and extended family and even they tried to get me to change it again.  After many long, calm, rational discussions reminding my family of the pros,  family accepted it again.  Then Future Mother-In-Law started in.  I thought that fiance had told his family the plan to prepare them but apparently he had not.  My family at least was supportive and told me that it takes time to react to the shock of a destination wedding.  It is different, new, and off-putting.

I was very hurt, especially after I told Future Mother-In-Law that this has been my dream for at least a year, that we had been planning this for months, etc. that she would have the nerve to suggest moving it so that her first/second cousins could make it.  There was like zero acknowledgment of our thoughts or wishes.

I think I have finally made peace with it, in part because when I think of anything else as the plan for the wedding, I get really upset and at this point in our lives we can’t go around pleasing everyone.  At least I know that I will be happy.  Imagine moving my dream wedding to make everyone happy and then dealing with disgruntled people! I would be so upset.


One compromise is that my family is throwing us a celebration when we return so we are offering that to people if they complain about it. 

Post # 9
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Both sets of our parents said they would support whatever we decide to do with our wedding. That’s when we decided to have a Destination Wedding. Since we know our immediate family will be there, we are pretty much telling everyone else that we are having our wedding in such and such city on this specfic date and if they can make it, then great. We’re not going to change the date just because it’s during the time of year when kids are in school or have a wedding that’s in town to accomodate more people. No and’s, or’s, or if’s about it. We both have very large extended families and there’s no way we can please everyone. Some people can’t make it because they have kids, can’t afford to travel, etc. We are totally fine with it but we’re not going to bend over backwards just to make everyone happy. A few that can’t make it suggest that we have another reception it town, but I think that’s pretty much like having a whole ‘nother wedding since we’ll have more guests, have to look for a venue, and not to mention spend more money. No thanks!!

Post # 10
1502 posts
Bumble bee

@Cynderbug:  I am sorry that people are giving you a hard time, and I honestly think you should just politely tell them no and plan as you like.  When you get married far away from home, many people won’t make it such as the aforementioned aunt.  That is just the nature of the game.  If your heart is set on a Destination Wedding, just accept that some will not make it and don’t feel bad about that.  You only get married once and it is your day. If you, not your family, feel the need to have every single person there, then a Destination Wedding is probably not for you.  Again, if it is your family and in laws who want everyone there, while you don’t mind them not attending, carry on and do what your heart desires. 

I was never pressured to change my venue or Destination Wedding location, but my family members were very bossy about setting the date.  Originally, I wanted to get married over New Year’s, but people fussed that it would be too difficult to travel then, so I changed my date to January 11th. Then I was  told  I should make the wedding on Friday the 10th, so people have Saturday to recover and relax in Maui before they have to fly and travel all day on Sunday to get home.  I switched the date to Friday the 10th, and then some people complained it wasn’t on Saturday.  The lesson I learned is this: no matter how thoughtful and accommodating you are, someone will complain, so follow your heart.  It ‘s YOUR wedding.

My fiancé and I have made all major decisions on our own since setting the date, and the planning has been blissful!!!  We send photos and bounce certain ideas off of our moms, because we love them and want to include them, but the final say is ours.  Following our hearts has made planning our dream wedding a blessed experience.  I recommend you follow your heart and do the same.

Post # 11
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@flowerring:  Oh, I know that feeling in a big way!

My family had expectations of my weddin. (Uber traditional, and local). And while my little girl dreams were a black and white wedding in the snow of tahoe… We decided to do a even grander Destination Wedding in Hawaii. On the beach! So, my family at first wasn’t excited but I told them to get over it and that for the first time my Fiance are being selfish.

A little backround with my Fiance family is that he has wonderful aunts and uncle but his parents are regrettably extreme alcoholics, and began a very messy divorce three weeks after my Fiance proposed. So our entire first year of planning was on again off again because of the selfishness of others. We went on a vacation to hawaii two years ago, and a couple things clicked for us.

1. Those who are willing, will be there in person. 

2. Those who cannot, will celebrate from afar.

3. This is the happiest day of pur new joined lives, and that we will always be there to support each other.

4. No one has the right to tell us how and when we shall be married.

5. A destination wedding will allow us to not have any surprise guests (FMIL has a string of lovers she brings to family events, when she shows up).

6. Footing the bill, let’s you do as you please!

You’ll be in my prayers, I know family has best intentions. But, they are humans none the less. Don’t expect what they can’t offer. (FPIL can’tbe sober for anything, so we bad the conversation of our expectations for them and its up to them to be adults). It can feel like no one wants you to succeed and my Fiance and I have shed many a tear in each others arms behind closed doors. But your Future Husband will knows he has you, and you have him. Everything else, is just that.

Post # 12
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ahhh!  I went through the SAME thing.  Granted, mine is a 4 1/2 hour plane flight away, but whatever you do – DO NOT CHANGE YOUR VENUE.

My fiance’s grandmother is elderly and will not be able to attend.  My fiance’s father tried EVERYTHING to get us to change our minds – even at one point, refusing to go AND offering to pay upwards of $50,000 if we had it locally (We are paying for our wedding ourselves).  Every time we had dinner with his family, I left crying because someone would make a comment about how this family member couldn’t go or how crazy it was we were asking them to go to the Virgin Islands for four days.

In the end, we stuck to what WE wanted.  My fiance said to forget them… that if they didn’t want to come, they would have to miss it.  OH WELL.  And in the end?  His father caved and booked his ticket…. grumbles and all… and I’m a VERY happy soon to be bride.  

If people want to be there, they will find a way.  If they can’t, you can find a way to celebrate with them when you get back.  They WILL try to get you to make it what THEY want, but remember… in the end, you and your fiance are starting your own family amd this day is about the two of you.  

Good luck!  My heart goes out to you as I wasted way too many tears on a similar situation.  

Post # 14
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Cynderbug:  Hon, this is the one time you can be selfish.  Have the wedding that you want and forget about everyone else – within reason.

The very nature of a destination wedding is that some people will make it, some will not.  And that is ok.  What matters is that you two get to celebrate your love together.

Unless that’s his most favorite Aunt in the world…I’m sorry you won’t be able to make it “Aunt Sally”; but we will remember your presence on our special day.

Unless his mother is paying for your wedding, your finances are not her business.

And on the family feud, either they put it aside for one day or they don’t come.  Whatever.

In my case, I’m dealing with some similar issues.  Lots of people are upset, because my Destination Wedding is “too expensive” despite over 16 months notice and a nice vacation out of it (cruise to Jamacia, Haiti and Mexico).  My Future Mother-In-Law and crew are currently not attending and my Future Mother-In-Law has gone on record saying she “feels forced to attend”.  And there’s the droves of people trying to convince me to have an at home reception upon our return.  We thought about just eloping, but I decided that I didn’t want to look back in 20 years feeling regret for not having the wedding I wanted.  

When people start pushing on me I’ve found the best thing to say is “We will remember your presence on our special day” and “It’s ok, its more important for you to be present during our marriage than the wedding”.  Normally those two statements calm people down.  


Post # 15
227 posts
Helper bee

We are planning a wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica for February 2014. Shortly after our STD’s when out we received a lot of feedback with regard to the location and cost of travel. We did not want a big wedding. My fiance’s family is on the east coast and my family is on the west coast so we thought choosing a neutral location would make everyone happy. We still go a lot of complaints about the cost. I even had my best friends husband tell me that we should get married in the states. At the end of the day It’s our wedding and we are going to do it the way that we want to do it. I would love it if everyone could make it but that’s not going to be the case. Our close family and friends will be there to celebrate with us. I refuse to change my wedding plans to make everyone else happy. 

Post # 16
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Cynderbug:  Well, I’m glad you at least got somewhat of an apology!  I hope you stick to what you and your fiance want and ignore the silly complaints of others.  They had their wedding day to do what they wanted… you get to have yours!

Oh – and I found the best way to deal with the complaints is to basically blow them off and/or agree with them.  My fiance actually had a conversation with his parents that started with them complaining about the whole thing…. he didn’t say a word till they were done… and once they were, he responded “Well, I know it’s not easy to travel that far so I’m sorry if you can’t make it.  I understand if you can’t, though.  I’m just happy that HER family is coming”.  LOL

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