(Closed) Destination Wedding but NOT beach?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wanted to do a Destination Wedding but I wanted something different other than a beach wedding. Unfortunately family wouldn’t have been able to come and Fiance said he wanted them there. Here’s what I ran into while planning that:






Post # 5
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kayberry:  What about at Niagra Falls?

My brother had a Destination Wedding at Mackinac Island here in Michigan – it was soooo perfect! He got married on a balcony of a Bed and Breakfast that looked out over the great lakes -Gorgeous!

I bet there are simliar beautiful settings there in the big CA that have a similiar classy yet cozy/romantic feel to them. Someplace on a river, a lake, a winery perhaps?!

PS. His wedding was all inclusive (ceremony) for something crazy cheap like 500 bucks!!

Post # 8
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Me and my Fiance are having a destination wedding, no where near a beach. We couldn’t find any venues near us in San Francisco that fit our needs… and when we thought about it most of our guests have to travel to get to us regardless of where we have it since they are 90% out of towners. So we decided to have it in Las Vegas! (Not on the strip, at a country club near by) We figured our guests would have so much more fun since there is tons you can enjoy before and after the ceremony. I was surprised but when we broke the news to everyone they were all beyond excited! And the best part- it is going to cost us 1/3 of what it would have cost us to have it in SF!

I would say do what feels right for you and your Fiance. If you can’t find a venue that fits your needs and wows you, don’t settle! It’s one of the most important days of your lives.

Post # 9
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Asheville, NC.  Bar Harbor, Maine.  B&B or private yacht in Key West, FL.  Napa or Sonoma, California.

Post # 11
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So when do you want to get married? If the wedding is in the summer, I think it would be great to have it somewhere in the high north – like Iceland or Sweden (where we’ll get married). Then you get the 24h light! If that’s too cold, I would go with Italy – perhaps somewhere around Lake Garda or Sorrento if you want to be further south.

A place I LOVE is Bermuda, it’s only a 3h flight from Toronto and the place is a fairytale. Keep an eye open for specials at Air Canada, last year we got round trips for $180 person (living is on the expensive side though).

In winter, I would go for Brazil – then you can practice salsa during the summer, then go there and have crazy fun dancing at your wedding night!  

Post # 13
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kayberry: When we went to Bermuda (where Fiance proposed) we saw a lot of information about getting married there, so it seems to be a location where you could easily make the necessary arrangements. Planning a Destination Wedding myself, I would totally pick a location like that if I could start over from scratch. It’s hard work to try to organise it ALL when you’re not on site!

Re the All Inclusive, I really think it’s much nicer to go to a place where you have options! Would they really have a problem with a nice beach hotel that weren’t All Inclusive? We stayed in a second floor room at Coco Reef and I loved it there, super pretty view!

Post # 14
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re doing a mini-destination wedding.  It’s not out of the country, it’s at an inn.  We have the inn booked out for the entire weekend (able to accomodate 24 guests), all the wedding events are held onsite.  We still had to coordinate all of the vendors including cake, catering, rehearsal dinner catering, hair and makeup, DJ, and any extra rentals.

Total for everything minus the vendors was about 10k

Post # 16
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kayberry:  there are plenty of places on tropical islands that are not near beaches. The best thing to do is contact a wedding planner for the location you are considering. We are getting married on the Big Island of Hawaii and my sister is a wedding planner there. She has done weddings in the high ranch country, in a tropical rainforest, and on a wildlife preserve, just to name a few!

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