(Closed) Destination brides, I need your help!!!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Where should we have our destination wedding?
    Las Vegas : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Jamaica : (18 votes)
    78 %
    Other-Explanation below : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i did a Destination Wedding in Jamaica. i can also all your questions, but if you look at previous threads i started, you will find all your answers!  

     

    i will answer one question for now – it was definitely my dream wedding!  no  regrets whatsoever!! and the guests that came had a blast also.  

     

    here is my budget

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-jamaican-wedding-budget

     

    i did several recaps, here is the last one which links you to all the others:

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/purpleunicorns-trash-the-dress-photos-the-end

     

    Post # 4
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    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    oh and feel free to PM me anytime to ask questions!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I too considered Las Vegas but the costs were just too high and it is not really a kid friendly city so we nixed it and went the all-inclusive route.  I am planning my wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica and our budget is $15k (and hopefully not a penny more).  The reason we went with Jamaica is because even though the costs are higher, everything is included (i.e. – food, drinks, activities).  In Vegas, people would have to come out of money for every little thing.  Also, we wanted to keep everyone in one place or as close as possible.  In Vegas, we would’ve had to let people pick their own hotels and we would’ve lost a lot of people to the casinos.

    Ultimately, we feel we are gonna get more bang for our buck in Jamaica.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m doing one in Vegas next year.  As far as ceremony/reception money, it will cost about $5500.  So far, no regrets in the planning process. We chose it over the all inclusive option manily because we didnt want to limit anyone.  We felt that with Vegas were only asking for 1 day and they can spend the rest of the time exploring and doing whatever they want and stay at whatever hotel they want.  To us, the all inclusive was rather restricting on our guests with all the money we’d ask them to spend, especially depending on the location.  I kinda thought of it as a guest perspective, “would I want to go to a place I’ve been already for a wedding trapped with my family and friends?” type things.  Legally, its also much much easier.

     

    You should totally make a pro/con list.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    What about a destination wedding on the beach and within the states?

    The FL pandhandle is a great place with sugar white sands and relatively inexpensive. There is tons of stuff to do as well, with lots of kid freindly stuff. This site has info about weddings in Pensacola, FL as well as other tourist stuff to do: http://www.visitpensacola.com/professional/weddings

    This is easier than full destination but not quite the status of Vegas. 

    However, if you are set on the two- I’d go for Vegas, you get a lot of bang for your buck. And as a former 11 year old who went- VEGAS ROCKED for kids!

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Francescasina:  I’m having my ceremony at caesar’s and they only wanted a $500 deposit for the ceremony.  The receptions they do separately but I’m not holding mine there.  I think a $500 deposit is standard for all the hotels.  But there are tons of other venues besides hotels.

    edit: I should add the hotels ceremony packages include photos, legal fees, flowers, music etc.  Plus other things and whatnot.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i’m doing vegas because of several reasons.  if we were to get married in san diego, we would be looking at a guest list of 500+ and finding a nice place for 500+ is nearly impossible.

    by having it in vegas, we were able to cut our guest list to just over 200.  we are not saying no to kids but many of my family and friends are not planning on bringing kids because it’s vegas.  another reason why vegas was a plus is because the travel and hotel costs are fairly reasonable (and many of my family actually get comped rooms in vegas).  hotels in san diego are expensive during the summer.  all my family and friends are extremely excited about vegas.  they love to gamble.

    we are probably not saving any money by getting married in vegas.  our per person cost is well over $100 for food and alcohol and that doesn’t include the $2000 ceremony site fee.  and i’m spending more on things like flowers because i won’t be able to diy any of it.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Vegas is so done. Jamaica is very affordable and I bet you will find it to be a better experience. Vegas is fun..but maybe do Vegas for a second honeymoon a year later.

    Post # 15
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m having my Destination Wedding in Jamaica!! I can’t wait…We both come from big families and we both decided that we didn’t want a big wedding. We agreed to have the wedding in Jamaica and only invited our close friends and family to attend. Yes they do have to pay for their stay and airfare but I told them to think of it as a vacation for them. It is an all-inlcusive resort so they do not have to worry about paying for their food or drinks unless they leave the resort. Also, after the wedding we will be having a reception back home in the States about a month after the wedding for any of our family or friends who wanted to attend but couldn’t.  I have been to Jamaica over 8 times and I love the island…If I could live there I would! I can’t wait for my June wedding in Negril!!!

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