Post # 1
Hello Bees 🙂
For all of you lovely Destination Brides….Do you have any helpful information or tips? We’ve found our location and we’re getting full board into planning, so I’d really love it if anyone had some info about troubles they’ve encountered etc. that might save me a few head aches down the road!
P.S. We’re getting married in Cancun, Mexico this April 🙂
Post # 3
Ours is a destination wedding in Charleston. Biggest tip so far. Hire a planner! or at the very leat a DOC, it is amazing how much of a logistical nightmare a destination wedding can become if you don’t have someone who knows the area and can get you in touch with the right vendors. Cancun sounds great!
Post # 4
Hmm I don’t have a wedding planner, but the resort does have a wedding coordinator. Maybe I should get ahold of her…
I’m sort of stressing today for absolutely no reason….haha maybe I’m just worrying too much for nothing!
Post # 5
i have just started the planning process for a destination wedding in Mexico so I am in the same boat as you… really excited but now sure how to plan things from so far away! I have been to two destination weddings in Mexico though and based on my conversations with those brides it seems unanimous that getting a wedding planner is really important. Even if you can do all the research yourself, there are some things that are just super hard to coordinate via email only and being so far away. I would definitely look into working with the resorts wedding coordinator and see how much more adding those services on would be. On the other hand, I have heard that sometimes it’s easy to get ripped off when you do use a coordinator… for example, my friend’s wedding coordinator told her that there were no florists in the area she was getting married, so that she would have to pay extra to get pick up the flowers from a larger city which would increase costs. When they actually got there she found out that this was totally untrue as there were tons of local florists she could have worked with.
Post # 6
Our ceremony will be small and intimate in Florida overlooking the beach/ocean. I’m in Texas. Approx. 25-40 guests. There will be no ‘reception’ just a dinner. We’re renting out the restaurant at the hotel or another restaurant in the area but still using the hotel’s caterer. I’m not doing any big decor. Just their standard decor and centerpieces. I will add chair covers and sashes. Not sure how you can mess up on that 🙂 For our ceremony I will get the cake, set up (hotel), ceremony music (guitarist/violinist), officiant, photographer, videographer & runner all myself. I’m not having any bridesmaids or groomsmen. Just me and my sweetie! Just because of all the hassle. So I don’t feel I need a coordinator. Plus as @SerenaSF said people tend to rip you off knowing that you are from far away and assuming you don’t know anything. My FH and I have been to this place once so we know about the area at least. I think it’s a matter of research really. Talk to bees and get advice on what they did (one’s getting or have gotten married in your same destination). Look on all sites, like the knot. They have checklist that is very helpful to make sure you don’t forget anything.
We’re going to have a big reception about 3 weeks after our wedding at home. Where there will be the food, DJ/Band, photographer, just all the reception stuff. Which is easiest because we live here so planning that won’t be a problem.
Our Destination Wedding is going to be for US! We plan on having a lot of fun just making a trip out of it. We’re having welcome party the night before then the dinner after the ceremony. Then on to more fun around the city!
Good Luck! I hope your wedding turns out better than you can imagine. Any idea on your guests that will be attending?
Post # 7
So far I believe the numbers are about 60-65 booked (early booking finished this past weekend, so still waiting on the final numbers). All in all I think there will be about 70 guests coming!
I’m still debating the coordinator, but this is something I am for sure going to look into. Thanks ladies 🙂
On a plus side: My wedding package includes all the flowers, photographs, etc. and there is an online catalogue I can select from. I might just see how well this goes over and then go from there…
Wish me luck! And good luck to all you other D.B.s!
Post # 8
My wedding is in the Dominican, Punta Cana exactly. Honestly, I haven’t encountered any problems. It’s been so easy, especially with the resort having set wedding packages. I’ve just been having fun here buying accents and clothes for the trip! The only issues I’ve run into have been family related, so who cares, really. One of the greatest things about a destination wedding is that it’s stress-free!
Happy planning! Have fun with it! 🙂