(Closed) Destination Wedding Help!

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 31
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

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Mrs.Aura:  Looking into a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings.We got married in Aruba and it was beautiful my planner was a live saver. I would be happy to give you her info. Congrsts

Post # 32
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For those who have or who are getting married in Mexico, are you having the legal ceremony in the states before traveling down there?  Although I haven’t researched it myself, I’ve heard several coworkers say that to marry in Mexico you have to go have blood drawn at their health department?

Post # 33
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LekiliRN:   Two of my friends were married in Cancun a few years ago and yes, you do have to have blood drawn. They chose to get married here in the states at a courthouse a few days before going to Mexico. They said they felt more comfortable going ahead and getting married instead of having blood drawn there.  I don’t know any other details but I hope that helps a little!

Post # 34
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  • Wedding: June 2015

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Mrs.Aura:  It depends where you’re flying out of. I got married at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, I wouldnt change a thing!

I considered so many things before selecting that resort for example, what does the actual wedding packages include. Since most of money was going towards my actual wedding it was really important to me that the package was reasonabe. At dreams 25 guests were included, I had 85, cockatil hour, three hr dinner, photophers, make up artist, videogrpher, some decor.

Guests usually stay for 5-7 days it all depends on their budget.

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Post # 35
1 posts
  • Wedding: February 2016

Mrs. Aura first you may decide your budget than plan your destination wedding according to your budget. There are many website which provides idea about destination wedding like food, decoration, boutique, footwear etc. You may plan your wedding at a quality marriage garden. You can hire a professional destination wedding planner which can arrange all the things according to your vision. A professional destination wedding planner manage these things-
Listen to your vision to help you select the perfect location for your destination wedding
Serve as a helpful liaison between you and the wedding coordinator at your chosen hotel or resort when planning your details
Guide you expertly through the entire planning process as a result of continuously visiting new and existing properties
Secure the best perks and offers for you through their vast knowledge of our resort partners
Arrange all of the travel details for you and your guests

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Post # 36
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We’re planning a destination elopment (or very few guests) May 2016 at Couples Swept Away in Jamaica.  I’d looked at Sandals to start, and this is pretty much a similar but smaller resort, whcih seems to be liked by those who go here so much they made a facebook page and go back every year or so.  I got a quick quote from a TipGuy travel agent, and they were good about answering my questions about what is needed and when.

I liked the idea of an All-inclusive as it sure made planning for meals and drinks a lot easier to calculate.  We’d thought about the Grand Hotel in Michigan, as we both love the movie Somewhere in Time, but it was out of our budget to both stay, afford a wedding, AND eat while there.  We think for an anniversary trip it will be fgreat, but for this we want a real honeymoon, and I’ve always wanted a beach/outdoor wedding, so this makes it easy.

Just like Sandals, they include the wedding if you stay 6 nights, and have the required stay of 48 hours in country, but 72 for the resort to be sure the plans are all in place and set (I have heard of couples being able to get married after 48 hours if they can argue the case or pick a non busy time of year).  They ask for $250 as the government registration fee at the time you reserve your wedding date on their website, and you pick the date and time of day, and make note of your requested location (garden, beach, gazebo etc.), and allow you to pick upgrades if you want different flowers, more photos, a live band, etc.  You can just reserve your date and wait to finalize the options till 45 days out from your arrival.  The wedding planner will contact you, ask you to pick 4 MP3 songs to bring for walking down the aisle, cake cutting, marriage certificate signing, and first dance, pick your cake options (vanilla, chocolate, Jamaican fruitcake, flowers (purple or white orchids for bride and groom), and ask you to scan and upload your birth certificates, and a photo ID for both of you.  If you ahve a couple of guests, they can be added for $15 a person for resort guests, more for people staying at other resorts.  If you ahve more, like 10-20, they have package upgrades that include receptiosn and the like.  We are planing just us, but have mentioned to a couple very close friends they’d be welcome.  **Note** Couples and Sandals do not allow children, or single bookings.  They are for adults, and require two people per room, but they do not have be a ROMANTIC couple, can be relatives and such.  ust a note if you have family coming.  Beaches is near both Couples Swept Away and some Sandals, and accept families with children if you ahve uest with little ones they want to bring.  

The travel agent let me reserve our stay with $300 down plus about $200 cancel-any-time-any-reason travel insurance, and then said we had till 45 days from arrival to pay it and the flight off.  

I am excited, just found my dress Saturday, and need to get to our post office to get our passports processed, and then its just a wait for May 🙂


Post # 37
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Mrs.Aura:  I planned my own destination wedding earlier this year to the Bahamas, so I understand how stressful and time consuming it can be!  I am a wedding planner in Puerto Rico and would be happy to help plan your destination wedding if you are looking for someone to take care of the details.

A few other Caribbean locations to consider are: the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas.  Traveling to the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico does not require a passport as a US citizen, which can make things a little easier when planning a destination wedding.  However, as I mentioned, I planned my wedding in the Bahamas and it turned out wonderful, so wherever you choose in Caribbean will be beautiful!

Feel free to reach out to me if you want to chat more. I have provided a link below to my WeddingBee page as well as my website.

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