Destination ideas… help!

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Welcome! 

How about Mexico? the Dominican Republic?  If you’re Canadian you may consider Cuba. I’m having a destination elopement and I’ve been to the carribean every year on vacation, am considering Mexico and it’s new to me. 

I was at the destination wedding forum where I got many ideas on how it works.  A lot of people find vendors there, or bring things with them.   I’m doing a real touch bouquet so I don’t have to worry about locating fresh flowers there, many brides do this and they look so real and beautiful (also can be kept as a memory or the bridesmaids can keep their boquets as tokens or gifts) 

You can get in touch with some photographers in the location through their sites to book them in advance  (usually pay ahead a downpayment) or many brides take their photographers with them.  Resorts often ask for a paymenet to let local photographers onto the grounds, or insist they stay overnight (another payment to consider) 

Once you find a country and a resort, you can contact them and they will have a wedding planner/organizer on sight that you can arrange things like decor or anything you need or want. 

Make sure you find a salon too and vendors to do your makeup (unless one of your wedding party/guests is doing it for you)   Bring all your supplies and things. 

P.S a lot of brides get married legally in their own countries first to avoid the hassle of documents and translations wherever they’re going, you can then do a religious ceremony in the destination or even get a spiritual shaman.  If you’re not religious you can ask for a “vow renewal” package at the resort and have someone perform a wedding ceremony to your specifications. 

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I was wanting to do our Destination Wedding in Mexico until my love was completely against it. We are planning a wedding to Kauai, Hawaii (or any other part of Hawaii), and if Hawaii doesn’t work out we will go to Florida.

I found this timeline/to-do list on OneWed:

While the beauty and fun of a destination wedding is definitely worth it, it does require some careful planning. This timeline will help you make sure it’s all smooth sailing. (Or skiing, or bungee jumping…)

One year out
*Create your wedding binder. This is where you’ll keep fabric swatches, information about vendors, brilliant ideas, and anything else that’s useful so it’s all in one place. Anal-retentive? Yes. Better than tearing apart your desk looking for the number of that one florist? With the thing? You better believe it.
*Make up your wedding budget. You can do it! You’ll want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. It will help you plan, and the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can stop talking about it. Don’t forget to leave wiggle room for things you haven’t thought of!
*Hire a wedding coordinator. It’s good idea to have one for a destination wedding, especially if you’re going out of the country. Think of it as paying to keep that much more of your sanity.
* Consider purchasing wedding insurance. Again, when you’re undertaking something this big, it helps to take a few precautions.

Eleven months out
*Make a final decision on your destination.
* Visit your destination to make sure you’re really, truly certain.
*Check the weather patterns for your destination (Will your wedding be during the rainy season? The godawful hot season? The giant frog migration season?) to make sure you’re really, truly, for real, extra certain.
*Research hotel and travel options for your guests.
*Send out save-the-date cards.
*CHECK THE LOCAL WEDDING LAWS. You don’t want surprises in this category.

Ten months out
*Meet with any wedding professional who will be traveling to your wedding site.
* Discreetly sound out your friends and relatives to make sure none are wanted by the law in your wedding location.

Nine months out
* Make hotel reservations for the wedding party.
* Make your own travel arrangements.
*Encourage members of the wedding party to make their travel arrangements.
* GATHER ANY LEGAL DOCUMENTS YOU NEED FOR THE WEDDING. Put them someplace really, really safe. No, safer than that. Consider having them surgically implanted.
*Make arrangements for any tours or activities for the guests.

Eight months out
*Register for gifts. (Hooray!)
* Choose your wedding theme, style, colors, and other girly stuff.
*Start making decisions about invitations and stationery.

Seven months out
*Choose your gown.
*Order bridesmaids’ dresses.
*Order tuxes for the groom and groomsmen.
*Start shopping for the rings. (If the thought “Screw it. Let’s just get them out of a gumball machine,” enters your head at any point, take a much-needed break.)

Six months out
*Choose and order the cake.
*Make a final decision on a florist.
*Make final decisions on decorations for the wedding and reception.
*Set the menu.
* Make final decisions on transportation.
*Review the ceremony and purchase any necessary items like candles and candleholders, toasting goblets, hula hoops, fire batons, etc.

Five months out
*Time to give back! Purchase gifts for your wedding attendants. You’re still five months away, so avoid mayonnaise-based gifts.
*If you’re having them, order your wedding favors.

Four months out
*Address and mail your wedding invitations. Make sure it’s in that order.
*You are allowed to drink anything you want to get that glue taste off your tongue.

Three months out
*Remember how valuable being anal-retentive was earlier? It’s that time again. Whee!
*Review your wedding budget.
*Review your travel itineraries.
*Review contracts with wedding vendors.
*When you’ve gotten all this done, reward yourself by letting yourself smug out just once. When someone mentions everything you have to get done, breezily reply “Oh, it’s not too bad if you just stay organized.” Then duck.

Two months out
*Call any wedding invitees who haven’t responded.
*Make up your seating charts. Yes, you may put all the late responders at one Table of Shame, or next to that one family friend who loves to talk about the time he got the Norwalk virus.

One month out
*Confirm hotel and travel arrangements.
*Release hotel rooms you don’t need.
*Confirm the schedule for your wedding day.
*It’s one month away! Call a friend to flip out a little bit.

Three weeks out
*Call your vendors and make sure you’re all on the same page.

Three days out
* Arrive at your wedding destination. (Today at the latest.)
*Meet with your caterer or banquet manager.
* Get pre-wedding beauty treatments, such as manicures or pedicures. No matter how jetlagged you are, do not let yourself be talked into a bold new haircut.

The Big Day
*Stop reading this and go get married!
*Have fun!
*Are you still reading? Stop it! Go put your dress on or something!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

And I definitely recommend finding a reliable experienced wedding planner where you plan on getting married. I know once I’m actually engaged that the first thing I will do is hire my wedding planner.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am getting married in jamaica in about a month.  So far I am loving having a destination wedding – no complaints.  Our venue is moond dance villas in negril, but there are a ton of options in jamaica.  Negril area I suggest villas sur mer, the rockhouse, moon dance cliffs or villas, but there are many more!

good luck

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are going to the US Virgin Islands, its great because it is part of the US, so no crazy requirements and no passports. I think a lot depends on what type of wedding you want. Do you want someone to do most of the planning or organizing? Go with a resort that has an on site coordinator. For me, I have done almost everything myself, but we are having a pretty simple ceremony on the beach. I don’t really care for all the fancy decorations and the like (thats why it will be on the beach!) and I will likely bring fake flowers with me and have someone that is coming with do hair/makeup. We are also staying at a condo resort, so our parents will be making a meal for our guests after the ceremony (I’m guessing 25 guests). I just decided it was crazy to pay someone $2000 to do the planning and hiring of vendors that I can do myself!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@glittermiss: A cruise wedding!  My fiance and I eloped and were married on the Norwegian Jewel.  Most amazing wedding.  Loved it.  You can actually have a real wedding reception and everything.  They have a company that sets it all up for you.   It was the best idea ever!  Pick a cruise and destinatino and go for it.  We were married in the chapel while docked at port canaveral florida, and then we were off to the bahamas!  It was great.  They also do packages were you get married on the islands themselves.  I can give you a ton more information if you decide on that route.  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I got married in the Florida Keys (not Key West, but upper Keys – more relaxed). There are lots of choices for sunset weddings, and many smaller resorts cater to weddings. How many guests are you having? If it’s very small, one popular option is to rent a luxury waterfront home so you can have a completely private event. I can recommend an outstanding caterer who also can help find venues, manage rentals and even acts as day-of coordinator (Caribbean Catering, http://www.islamoradaweddings.com).

We took over an entire small resort for the weekend – 17 rooms, about 45 guests (plus some guests stayed at nearby resorts) – so we had complete privacy and full run of the place. A few pics (if you haven’t seen them already – I’ve posted a ton!):

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Vegas worked out for us for a lot of practical reasons and most of our guests are so psyched for the relatively affordable Vegas vaycay.  I’m having a candle lit ceremony by the (closed to visitors, but lit up) pool at Caesar’s.  You can also get married on the fake beach after hours at Mandalay bay, by the fake lake at Bellagio, the fake waterfalls at the Venetian or Mirage.  It’s a little kitchy, but if you go with it, it can be beautiful and fun too.

Weddings for out-of-towners are what they do, so it’s (relatively) easy to plan at a distance.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper

i am getting married at Sunset Beach Resort in Jamaica.  my plan is a ceremony on the beach under a nice canopy, followed by a 2 hour private dinner on a terrace, and then a 3 hour bonfire party on the beach with a DJ. I can’t wait!  and i will definitely be putting recaps as soon as i back so you can decide if you like the sound of Jamaica!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Florida is the best destination idea in my opinion 🙂 There are wedding packages you can look into here http://new.bestmiamiweddings.com/wedding-packages/.  Some intimate venue ideas are the Spanish Monestary and Bath Club or Walton House for beach venues!

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