(Closed) Anyone having a beach wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re doing a beach wedding in the Dominican Republic next April.  My fiance and I made the smart decision to hire a combo wedding coordinator/travel planner.  While I’m still responsible for making the design decisions, our coordinator does all of our travel bookings and makes all the arrangements with the resort. If you can find someone near you who specializes in destination weddings, it will make all the difference in the world! Particularly if you have people departing from mutliple locations, as we do.

Another thing to be prepared for is people not coming.  I always knew that some people wouldn’t be able to attend, but I assumed that my siblings and father would attend – now I’m not so sure. I’ve spent the last 3 days in a bad mood because of this. Be prepared to either pitch in to help get some people there or be ok with them not attending.

Lastly – wedding websites.  BEST. INVENTION. EVER. This is a great way to get all of the details out to all of your guests without having to call or email everyone. You can find free website templates or you can pay for them; either way, it’s a great way to communicate travel details and wedding info.

What destination are you considering?

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had my wedding on a beach in Hawaii πŸ™‚

no decor, no chairs nothing … just my guests and the Kahu officiating. It was beautiful. I did it through a planner who had many good reviews. I had a very very small wedding, 10-15 guests only.

anything in particular that you want to know?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had my wedding on a beach in Mexico. It was beautiful! We had 20 guests. We had a reception following and I have had several people tell me it was the best wedding they have ever been to. One guest told me he thought it was better than his own! By best and better I think they just mean fun and a great excuse to take a vaca.

Not sure what kind of info you are looking for really.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Walnut Beach Resort

In case you want a slightly different scenario, I’m getting married on a lake in a small town in southern British Columbia. The weather is ususally 30’C ish, so about the same as Mexico, just not a tropical heat.

The town is 5 hours drive away from Vancouver and 10 hours from the town I live in. Many relatives that are coming live in the Vancouver area. We have 60 guests coming, so more than a usual international Destination Wedding, less than a local. I thought this was a good compromise to an international Destination Wedding, because I wanted my Grandma to be able to attend. Both the ceremony and reception are at a resort (so similar scenario to many international DW) But the reception will be in a reception type room (sit down dinner & dance til early morning, whereas a lot of resort weddings in the carribbean the reception is just at the resort restaurant and end early.)

The resort has an event planner and they have their own caterer,  and she was able to set me up with the other vendors I needed. Because the town is pretty “Destination” I actually saved a lot of money by going with some vendors from outlying areas (decorator, photographer).  It has been quite simple to plan from far away through email, phone, and skype.

Anyway, if there is anything else you want to know feel free to ask πŸ™‚ This is a picture of where the ceremony will be held.

ETA: Completely agree with @rebeccamartens > Wedding Website = lifesaver for DW!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am getting married on the beach in FL.  Planning can be hard at some points because I don’t lhere there but review sites and google can be your best friend.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had a Destination Wedding in St. Thomas, USVI this past May and it was awesome! Only had 16 people attend with a small reception afterwards! What in particular do you want to know? I could go on and on…..lol!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I live in Florida, so we’re getting married on a beach a couple of hours south of my home town, on the gulf side so we get the sunset.

Staying in the states is making it really easy for most our friends and family to attend. We’ve also had a pretty easy time coordinating with our venue and driving down to check it out beforehand. 

I don’t have any experience with foreign Destination Wedding venues though, so I am sure there are pros to that too.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

we had our wedding in Jamaica last year. It was at an all inclusive resort so they were able to provide and take care of pretty much everything for the wedding. I did manage to save a bit of money by packing my own decor and they set up for me, although i have heard since then (at the resort i got married), they are giving brides a hard time about bringing in their own stuff.  Everything turned out fabulous.  the only stressful part was not being able to SEE anything beforehand, so i had to just go with my instinct on a lot of decisions.  i also, like a PP mentioned, went with a combined travel agent/wedding coordinator and she was amazing. She set me up with a wedding website, coordinated between me and the resort in the beginning and contacted my guests for me with all the booking info.   For the wedding itself, we did a small ceremony right on the beach. then had a 2 hour dinner on a covered terrace (which was gorgeous!), then moved back to the beach for a bonfire and dance party (DJ and everything was there on the beach).  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Does anyone have pics?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Darling Husband and I were married on the beach in FL.  It was a destination wedding since we live in the Chicago suburbs.  

Check out my bio for all the details πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

@jmmacdon:  here is a pic our what our ceremony set up looked like for our beach wedding:

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi there – We just got back from our Destination Wedding in Jamaica!  I must say that it was probably the best thing we could have done considering that we did not want a large wedding or the hassles and stresses of a wedding at home.  We stayed at Secrets in Montego Bay and they have their own wedding team to coordinate all of the details.  Alot of the extras, were super pricey – for example $1400 for sheer fabric draping for the gazbo!  So I brought with us our own decorations (tule and paper poms) and doing it ourselves…but we didnt land up using them in the end – too time consuming and it was too hot! Overall the pictures were fabulous and we have no regrets – other than we wish we could have stayed longer.  Are there things I wish we would have done differently – sure, but it was our day and one that we will never forget!!  Here is a picture of me and my husband (not the best but I wanted to show us leaving the wedding Gazebo and the amazing back drop)!!

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