(Closed) Anyone having a DW and NOT getting married at a resort?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TAGsr:  We’re getting married in Hawaii so it’s not a foreign country but it’s still been challenging to plan! We’re not getting married at a resort but at a botanical garden (ceremony & reception). Our guests are renting houses nearby (we’re only organizing for our bridal party) and we’ll provide a shuttle from our “home base” to the wedding site and back.

Not sure if that was helpful!

Post # 4
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am hoping to have my Destination Wedding at a Restaurant, away from any resorts. They are able to hold both the ceremony and reception there. I think it’s a good idea, this may sound terrible but I like the fact that it stops people sneaking away, back to their rooms early

Post # 5
15 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

We are having a destination wedding in St. Pete on NYE this year. We live in CO right now and want everyone to actually enjoy the evening and not freeze. Everyone is coming in from out of town so that no one family is being favored.  The issue I’m having is planning things for out of town guest.  Should I put something together (brunch day after or dinner day prior)? If we do, then should we pay for it?




Post # 6
3152 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@TAGsr:  I’m curious about why? Is there a spot you like better? Just seems like you’re creating a logistical pain in the butt since you will need to provide transportation (what if someone isn’t feeling well & needs to leave early?). I may be projecting- I just hate feeling trapped somewhere. I have no insights, just curious!

Post # 7
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’m getting married at a gazebo at a resort, but the reception will be in EPCOT.


Post # 8
2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We r gettin married on st Thomas and we r not using a resort OR a beach. We reserved a botanical garden.

Post # 9
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@elbayanela:  I think a brunch is the simplest thing to plan … usually the groom’s family hosts (aka, buys the food) but we’ve had couple friends who hosted themselves. Are you having a rehearsal dinner?

Anything you organize/host, you’re expected to pay for (unless you say that upfront, like a dinner cruise, etc). I’ve had my own anxieties about whether we should be doing more.. but they’re adults and on vacation, I think they can figure it out =)

Post # 10
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am getting married in Anna Maria Island, FL and it has been a challenge. There are almost no chain hotels right in Anna Maria, mostly just houses you can rent for a week. The hotels that are there are either expensive or really cheap looking. Most of our guests are just renting houses, but a few people are going to be a little farther away to stay at condo’s/hotels that are cheaper and don’t require a whole week stay.

Post # 11
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i did, catholic ceremony was at xcaret ecopark, riviera maya. open air chapel (ie roof but not walls) hard to tell in photo though

then the reception was a 5 min bus ride away in a beach club called blue venado (we provided buses to and from main hotel, and was possible for people to get a taxi if they wnated to leave early). first photo is outside, second photo is venue undecorated. i wanted people to be able to stay anywhere, not have to worry about staying in the same hotel if they couldnt afford it, or paying for day passes etc

Post # 12
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@TAGsr:  We are having a destination wedding, and no we are not getting married at a resort.  We found it would be more cost effective to rent a vaction rental.  All of our guests will be staying at the rental, for the entire weekend.  We are also choosing to have our ceremony on the grounds of the rental property.  Again, like I siad we have just found this to be WWWAAAAYYYYY less expensive.

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