(Closed) Destination Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

if I were you, this is what I’d do:

 

have a simple ceremony with those 15 people that you mentioned somewhere on the beach

go out to dinner with the 15 

ditch the parents and family and go out to party with my friends

 

stay with my new husband for a week at the same destination

Post # 5
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sheri531:  I think that it really depends on how you want to do things. Keep in mind that planning the reception back home may be just as difficult as planning the whole wedding there. You might consider just cancelling that if the loss isnt too much or instead of a sit down dinner, make it into a cocktail party reception with appetizers only or dessert only. Just ideas 🙂

Post # 6
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did a Destination Wedding last July in the Bahamas – just 8 of us total and it was everything we wanted. We got married on the beach, afterwards took everyone out on a sunset champagne sail and then my lifelong best friend and his partner took us all out to an extraordinary, unforgettable dinner. We had an “at home” reception the following month which was a lot of work (50 people) and in retrospect, something I doubt we’d do again. You should do what you and your Fiance want – it’s your day and will be your memories.

A far as planning a Destination Wedding – not bad at all since most destinations have all levels of wedding planning assistance so you can do it as simple or fancy as you’d like and they usually have packages to cover it all (one stop shopping). You can do a lot of research online.

Post # 8
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2653 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I’m doing a Destination Wedding and completely skipping the whole “home reception” thing. Because, quite honestly, part of the reason we are doing a Destination Wedding is because we don’t want all of those people there (and don’t want to pay for them to eat, drink, and be merry).

Post # 9
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@sheri531:  We stayed at the Sheraton Cable Beach. I arranged everything else myself online (photographer and minister) and the hotel didn’t have any part in it at all. We had originally rented a private house upon arrival discovered it was a disaster that ended up costing us $2500. The Sheraton was a last-minute find after we’d arrived on Nassau after 10 hours of traveling (carrying my gown). I can’t make any recommendations other than to say that I’ve seen weddings handled through resorts when I’ve vacationed in Mexico and there are some good websites to help you for other locations. Your at-home reception should be easy since they’re handling everything. I totally recommend a Destination Wedding – it was exactly what we wanted.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did a Maui Destination Wedding with 10 guests- it was perfect! I absolutely loved our wedding and the location was incredible. It can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like. I think some of the simple beach wedding packages start around $400. We splurged on everything as we weren’t having any reception at home. 

I totally recommend Darren Keala- florist and wedding planner extraordinare at Bliss Maui and Kuolani Florals. He is incredibly kind and talented- the most incredible and invaluable person we worked with! He can work with any budget- [email protected]   He went above and beyond in every aspect- can’t say enough nice things about him. 

Good luck and PM me – I will try to help!

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