(Closed) Anyone else irritated about wedding being called “destination?” {vent}

posted 11 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 3
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow…that’s a lot of energy being spent on a simple label…yikes! (both by you and your guests)

My husband and I did the same thing – he’s from DC, i’m from CA and TX, we live in Boston. We ended up having the wedding in CA because we figured if 85% of our guests had to fly no matter where we had it, we may as well let them go to the best weather/most fun place!

You’d think people would enjoy getting out of their bubble and going to a cool city like Charleston. I’ve been there – it’s so beautiful!


Post # 4
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Funny, I am getting married in Charleston b/c we feel like it makes the most sense. People and I guess I call it a destination wedding because most people have to travel. If we were having it in my home town people on FH’s side would have to call it destination. Is there a reason it bothers you so much?

Post # 5
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ugh, I got labeled a “destination” as well.

Not sure how familiar you are with Canada, but DH is from Vancouver island (2 hours away from where we currently live), I was born in the Okanagan (5 hours the opposite direction from where we currently live), and we moved our wedding to Chilliwack, which is about 1.5 hours away from where we currently live toward my hometown.

Somehow I got slapped with the destination wedding label too!  So annoying.

Post # 6
4107 posts
Honey bee

@MrsPinkPeony: my feeling as to why it bothers the OP is because her guests are making her feel bad for it and saying “destination wedding” with a negative connotation, like she is being selfish.

to the OP, one thing to keep in mind, as you sort of pointed out, is that everyone will have opinions about weddings and those will be different than yours and therefore they will judge you.

if all your guests lived in one place and you had the wedding there, they would find something else to complain about. so just stick to your guns and i wouldn’t even bother stressing out so much about it. focus on doing what is important for you and your Fiance. if others are complaining, they don’t have to come!

Post # 7
1696 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

That’s weird. I wouldn’t call it a destination wedding unless it’s outside of the country. If you’ve lived in Charleston before then that’s fine to have the wedding there (or anywhere). But it does seem to me that Charleston is a tourist town. I know it’s more than that… but a lot of people go there on vacation. So maybe that’s why people call it a destination wedding. It seems to me that the cost of living is higher in Charleston as well. I always wanted to go to college there… but definitely could not afford it. Perhaps tckets prices to Charleston are higher than some other places they have to go. I’m just trying to brainstorm some ideas on why people are being so picky.

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I TOTALLY feel you!  I moved to Atlanta from Philly 4 years ago, met my Fiance here.  We decided to get married here since we live here now, met here, know the city well, will be easier to plan here,  etc.  A lot of my family has been up in arms about us having “a destination wedding” and how we should just have it Philly so people can actually come to it.  Ridiculous.  I LIVE HERE!!  People need to get over it.  I do feel your pain about the comments though, they drive me nuts. 

Post # 9
3134 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SapphireSun:  I’m sorry but I’m LOLing at Chilliwack being called a “destination”.  As much as I like hiking out there, it doesn’t exactly come to mind when I think of destination weddings!!

Post # 10
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m having a “destination wedding” in the town I live in now.

I’m originally from New Jersey but have lived in Santa Fe, NM for the last 7 years. I moved to Knoxville, TN to live with my fiance about a month ago, and we are getting married here. Fiance grew up in Florida and Illinois.

Neither of us have ANY family (or friends yet!) in Knoxville, yet we are having our wedding here.

It is partly because we LIVE here now, and we don’t want to plan a wedding from a distance. It’s also because if we have the wedding in New Jersey, his entire family will have to travel, and if we have it in Florida, my entire family will have to travel, and if we have it in New Mexico, everyone but my friends there will have to travel – so we figure, why not just make EVERYONE travel?

We are making plans 2 years out, however, and are going to be sending out Save the Dates and invitations earlier than most people do, in order to give everyone ample time to make travel arrangements and save up money if necessary. If people have a prblem with it, I’ll just say… Fine, don’t come!

It’s important to have your wedding in a place you love and understand. Even though I grew up in NJ, I wouldn’t want to have a wedding there – so much money, so much big hair, so much tanning, so many long nails… And no way in hell would I ever agree to a wedding in Florida, for many of the same reasons (and, as my fiance would say, that is simply because everyone from his county in Florida is from NJ anyway).

Post # 11
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I hate being labeled as a “destination wedding”.  We are getting married 45 minutes from our house, but way out in the country, the opposite direction of where the rest of our family lives.  I drive 30 minutes to work, really 45 minutes isn’t too far to me, but FI’s family has to drive an hour and 15 minutes to get to our wedding site.  They have now labeled it as a “destination” wedding and it drives me crazy (well that and the comments that it is “so far”)!

Post # 12
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I understand.  I was born in TX moved to FL then back to TX then back to FL for college.  While I was in college my parents moved to VA then CA.  My extended family lives in MI, CA, OR, and IL.  FI’s family lives in FL and Brazil.  No matter where we had it, it would be “destination”.  I have no sense of “home” in any town in the US…although if pressed I’d say it was Austin.  So we’re getting married in Savannah, my dream wedding city.  And everyone is travelling.  These days there’s not as many people who were born, grew up in and moved back to their hometown.  People are all over the place and they get used to it.

Post # 13
3423 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I really don’t think its a destination wedding unless the wedding is in a different country than you or Fiance live in or someplace where neither you nor Fiance have any connection with. 

Post # 14
1799 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Lapeaudesoie: I started calling mine a destination before anyone did …cause…well..it was! I live in Vancouver and all my family still lived in my hometown (which was to msall to host a wedidng) and DH has family in Vancouver but most were in Calgary. I wanted the wedding in Vancouver so thats what we did…and well…people had to travel to it, and get hotels and take more then one day off work..so i considered it a destination for them.

People complained about it too…mostly my dads side but i think it was more that it was destination and I was having an adult only reception. All the same though, it was destination.

Post # 15
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i know! i’m from PR, Fiance is from CA, we met in PA, where is spent 3 years after spending 4 in NJ, and we now live in DC. ii’m having the wedding in PR because 1. that’s where i’m from. 2. i’m very close to my grandma and she can no longer travel, 3. is where the biggest number of our guestlist are from (even though it’s not by a lot–we have people everywhere). it drives me nuts when people call it a destination wedding just bc it’s in PR. i grew up there. my family is there. until i moved in with my Fiance in DC, PR is what i called HOME!

Post # 16
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I consider it a “destination wedding” when EVERYONE has to travel (and stay in the same all-inclusive resort.)

That said, I’m in the same boat as a lot of you. I grew up in MN, but live in San Francisco now. My family and friends are scattered all over the country, my Fiance is from NorCal and much of his family is at least in the state. SO, we’re getting married here. We met here, fell in love here, and got engaged here… So it only makes sense to me. I haven’t lived in my hometown in over a decade… Plus its harder to get to.

The good news for me, though, is that people are calling it a “vacation” and planning to spend some extra time here, in wine country, and at Yosemite. 🙂

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