Post # 1
This is my first post to WeddingBee and I’m hoping to get some honest advice! The man of my dreams proposed to me on Christmas morning and I cannot wait to begin working out the details for our perfect wedding celebration! We live in Chicago but my fiance is from Costa Rica; his immedate family still lives there. We have our hearts set on having the ceremony in Costa Rica. We have not set a date yet; we are shooting for December – March because that is Costa Rica’s “summer” months. I’m unsure of who to invite to the ceremony because I do NOT want my Uncles feel obligated to spend hundreds on airfare, plus gifts, plus other expenses!
How should I approach the international travel options for my guests inside and outside of the bridal party? Any thoughts, suggestions, or experience is greatly appreciated!!
Thank you for reading! 8)
Post # 3
For guests you want as part of the bridal party, you have to tell them where the wedding will be, what the costs will be and give them the option to opt out if it’s too expensive.
I know the way one of my friends did it was she didn’t pick her attendants until she knew who was coming to the wedding so no one felt obligated to pay for travel if they couldn’t afford it.
Are you going to have a reception back “home” after the wedding for those who can’t make it to Costa Rica?
Post # 4
My first wedding (divorced now… just married too young, nothing dramatic there) was a destination wedding in Maui. We basically discussed it first with the people we knew we wanted there… parents, siblings and bridal party. Once we learned they were all down, we picked the venue and set the date. Out when Save-The-Date Cards about 9 months ahead of time ( we had an 11 month engagement ).
Just thought I’d share my timeline with you.
Post # 5
The biggest recommendation is probably let guests know early that the wedding will be out of state, so they can start planning/saving/making arrangements. We sent out STD almost 10 months in advance, because we really wanted our guests to not be surprised by it later.
Second recommendation is to start working on the guest list – we did it by doing it in “circles”: those we HAVE to have there in the inner circle, those we would love to be there in the next outer circle, and those that we’ll invite out of respect/family obligations. We knew we wanted our immediate family, and if no one shows up, we would be okay with that.
If your family in Chicago starts to be hesitant (btw I’m in Chicago too!!), you can also have an “at home reception” or simply a party when you return, so your family that couldn’t make it could celebrate with you. Good luck with planning!!!
Post # 6
Anyone have any suggestions for me? I would like to elope in Costa Rica in January of 2013 but have no clue where to start! HELP!
Post # 7
We are planning a full wedding in Costa Rica as my fiance is from Costa Rica. We found an amazing villa in Manuel Antonio. They have been amazingly helpful. We are actually using the same officiant that Pink used for her wedding in Papagayo as well and he speaks Spanish and English. Here’s the link to the villa we rented. If you have any questions on vendors, etc., feel free to reach out. Happy searching :)!