Destination Wedding- location ideas?

posted 4 months ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Where are the majority of your guests coming from? My sister got married in Dubrovnik with the majority of her guests coming from the UK so it was pretty easy and relatively cheap for them to get it. She didn’t choose a resort, it was a case of her saying ‘this is where I am getting married. Here are some different hotels you can stay at, you can choose where you stay. See you on the wedding day’. So the guests coud make it as afforadable as they wanted. It was a beautiful wedding, I feel I have a lot to live up to for mine this summer!!! 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

What nationality are you and where would you and your guests be traveling from?

i had a destination wedding in St. Thomas in the USVIs because I wanted an island that was not terribly far from my guests (most are Midwest) and where we could legally get married without jumping through a ton of hoops (I wouldn’t even consider doing the courthouse before and then having a dedication ceremony, I wanted my marriage certificate to be from that day).

My dad had a smaller destination wedding on Maui and it was really nice.  Hawaii is really expensive and it’s a long flight from the east/Midwest.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

newbee2019 :  She had around 60-70 guests. The reception was at Grand Villa Argentina. The wedding was in August.  I am not sure how much she spent to be honest…

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

newbee2019 :  I think it just depends on what kind of wedding/vacation you envision and what you think your guests would like the most. While it is your wedding, your guests are spending a considerable amount of money to attend so for me personally I put a higher priority on what would we best for them.   

 I’ve had a few of my wedding couples consider Hawaii but the cost (for their guests) is what held them back. Hawaii is definitely expensive but if most of your guests are having to travel it’s going to be costly no matter what. My FIL has lived in Maui for almost 30 years now and while he always talks about how expensive it is, there are ways to do it cost effective. If your guests consider renting a VRBO and staying together in a large home vs hotels it can be considerably cheaper. Splitting the rental fee, cooking meals at the house, etc. 

That being said it could totally end up being a wash when it comes to price. For example, flights to Dubrovnik for me from the East Coast are around $1300 while I’ve found flights to Hawaii were $650-800. Meanwhile I’ve found plenty of VRBO’s in Dubrovnik for under $150/night while you’re looking at least $250+ in Maui. Of course that completely depends on the time of year you go as well – I just put random dates in. It’s expensive to eat out in Hawaii, gas is expensive if you plan to rent cars to see the island. Not sure about pricing in Dubrovnik but I would imagine it would be considerably cheaper. 

I wish more of my couples would consider “outside the norm” locations like Dubrovnik. I think you could get a lot more bang for your buck – the key is just being a little “go with the flow” when it comes to planning because I think you’re less likely to have the same high number of options as you would in Hawaii…which honestly might not be a bad thing! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Destination Catholic weddings are not easy, and some parishes make it even harder than others. I had to fly to our wedding site multiple times to finish Pre Cana. So make sure you fully understand the requirements before booking anything. Language barriers may make that incredibly difficult. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Go for the least humid place. I think Croatia will be dryer than Hawaii, but I could be wrong. Heat is great, humidity is not. I was so hot when I got married in the South Pacific that it kinda almost ruined the day.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

newbee2019 :  I would probably look into it while picking a destination. In my experience, there are a lot of picky churches, and you don’t want to get your heart set on a destination and then have to start over.

Also, I would talk to your local parish now. They might not be willing to let you do it from their side.

Finally, is your fiance Catholic? Some parishes won’t allow a wedding that includes non-Catholics or non-Christians.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies

We are from the US and are traveling to the gorgeous Canadian Rockies. It’s very affordable too, because it’s all national parks and such. Our reception will be back home 🙂 We’re having a non-religious wedding.

This is Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, BC, where we’ll be staying/where our ceremony will be. Hair and makeup will come to us!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (wedding dinner) – this is the view from the Alpine Social restaurant they have at the hotel:

We are also getting photos at Moraine Lake:

Something to keep in mind with some destinations, is the tourists! My photographer “specializes” in the tourist spots we’ll be at, and I am grateful bc there will be some patience involved, I’m sure 🙂

Post # 14
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Honey bee

Dubrovnik has become a very popular vacation site and prices are sure to increase, but for now it’s more affordable than Hawaii. When we were there it was a real party scene, lots of young people having a good time. 

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