(Closed) Destination Wedding Brides HELP! Planning advice….

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I had been to the town that our Destination Wedding was in a few years before the wedding, so I was well acquainted in it.  We did not view the venur in person at all, nor did I fly to FL to have any planning trips.

We had about 40 people at the wedding so I did do table decor and flowers.

The hotel had their own coordinator that we worked with and she did help.

Post # 5
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I hired a wedding planner for my “DW” (if you can call it that)  I live in Charlotte NC, getting married at the beach in SC. (only about 4 hours away), but I have a 3 yr old and will likely not make many trips down there, so for me a wedding planner was a must. 

We’ve made one short trip there…we had  meetings with our venue coordinator, photographer, cake, dj, and planner…met with all of them in one day and did our taste testing the same evening.  We were there a total of 20 hours, so it was very rushed.  

We are having a little bit larger wedding than you, about 50 or so.  I  am not doing any decor..I figured the ocean backdrop, the sunset and the palm trees were decor enough! 

Because of the small amount of people, we are just doing a casual buffet dinner.  I like your idea of just renting out the hotel restaurant…and the hotel most likely will provide linens for no extra charge if you rent the room.  Some hotels/resorts will provide glassware for centerpieces too, which could save you a ton of money, if you wanted to decorate the tables.

I know you said you didn’t want to hire a planner…neither did I, but I finally did.  I knew I would only be making one, possibly two trips down to SC before the wedding and I needed someone to be my eyes and ears, someone who knows the area…

My planner researched all my vendors and arranged all the meetings for us when we went down there….completely stress free.  I told her what day we would be there, she told us where to meet her and she had everything arranged…it was very nice.  : ) 

Post # 6
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are having a Destination Wedding overseas next year, and so far the planning is going okay.  we are having a small “reception” as well, and the B and B where it will be at asked about decorations already (I found this odd as it’s 10 months in advance!), and we already worked out that I was going with simple table designs and I will ship the stuff to the guesthouse so I don’t have to take it with me on the plane.


Luckily we have a wedding coordinator who gives recommendations of vendors that she’s worked with before and helps track down stuff we might want.  She’s also  there to help with the paperwork for the marriage license. 

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