Post # 1
I have planned about 4 different weddings, and im overwhelming myself. Although Im starting to take a step back, i just need advice. Im living in NYC and i think the industry here is too expensive. We both would love to have a beach wedding. We settled on Hawaii but now im starting to think it might be too expensive. With family in California, Atlanta, NYC and Louisiana it just seems any place i go someone will be inconvenienced. I want to keep my budget down and less stress possible for all involved. Keep in mind this is also a lesbian wedding so not every island is accepting or state…any ideas? please?
Post # 3
If you are concerned with expense, Hawaii seems way far, hence pricey tickets if all the friends and family are on the east coast. What about the eastern Caribbean islands? Don’t know which ones accept same sex marriages, but perhaps you can hold a symbolic wedding and get legally married in the states beforehand?
Post # 4
Have you thought about the Caribbean? There are many luxury hotels offering all inclusive options now so that may be a good way to reduce costs. Also cheaper flights if from NYC (I am also planning a Destination Wedding from NYC–btw, I agree re wedding industry!!). Also, many have on site coordinators that make it easier to find vendors and figure everything out.
Have you tried googling lgbt wedding destinations? I know there are some in Tulum, Mexico. You can also try TripAdvisor or Oyster.com
Post # 5
i’m sorry–i misread your question…same sex legally recognizable marriage can be tricky. You can take a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage
It looks like Mexico recognizes it, but doesn’t perform the ceremony–except in Mexico City.
Post # 6
How about Mexico? Thw wedding planner I’m working with in Mexico told me she has planned quite a few same sex marriages. While it might be expensive for some of your guests to get to, once there everything is considerably cheaper and affordable than pretty much anywhere else in the U.S. Between my Fiance and myself, we have been to weddings in Sayulita, Troncones, Zhiuatanejo, and Riviera Maya. PM if you want more detailed recommendations
Post # 7
I can tell you that I learned that some of Jamaica is not very accepting of same sex couples so I’m not sure I would recomend that island for you wedding. I found this out last year when I was on vacation there – it is sad that is how they feel, but it did seem to be true for some. I can’t say for sure if you would be treated differently, but I wanted to share what we learned. I know there are some resorts that more than welcome same sex couples – so it is not everyone/everywhere on the island. I am actually getting married there and would really recommend it as an affordable place for a wedding like you want. Our families like yours are literally all across the country. Good luck!