(Closed) Destination Wedding….planning wedding in need general…overwhelming!!!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I was originally trying to do a destination wedding as well and it was going to end up costing almost the same as what I am paying now for a (fairly) local wedding with only half the people. I would say if you want to keep it simple, try looking up some locations on Homeaway that will let you have an event there. I would also recommend hiring a wedding planner to work on your behalf especially if you do not speak spanish so she can see the quality of the work your vendors will be doing and make sure it is all set up for you on the day. Otherwise, I would also say to look at hotel locations as they are typically a one stop shop. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Hi there! I had a Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico last year and it was wonderful! Basically what I did was find a hotel I liked and did everything there. Ceremony right on the beach behind the hotel and then reception in one of their banquet rooms. You could do it as simply or lavishly as you wanted basically. The hotel I used was La Concha and they were great and very helpful. Best of luck! 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Im getting married in the Dominican, Id suggest start by confirming with immediate  family and friends that MUST be there , that they can attend.. then get a range of dates that are acceptable to that group. Speak with a travel agent to arrange all the flights/hotel bookings. You’ll need to pick a resort you like, for that. Or if you are looking into off resort receptions you can just find a simple reost to stay at then inquire about venues off resort , they can likely accomodate you. Then the resort staff should basically have a wedding team that handles everything and can tell you what they need from you!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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kelleyk8087 :  We had a very small wedding with just the VIPs so that made it easier. Just realize that a lot of people you’d like there probably won’t come. I’m not saying that’s how it’ll definitely turn out, but just be prepared. And never be upset if someone tells you they can’t make it. DWs are hard for guests.

We had a 100% of our guests attend but that was just because our wedding was so small and we helped pay some people’s way that couldn’t afford it. 26 guests total and it was lovely and exactly how we dreamed it would be. I have a other friend that had a Destination Wedding in Mexico, invited about 150 people and had about 50 come, which was more than she was expecting. You just never know. 

Just take a deep breath and remember that what matters is that you’re marrying your love. 😊

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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kelleyk8087 :  I’m curious about why you want a destination wedding and why you want it there in particular. I have never understood destination weddings!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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kelleyk8087 :  I think it ended up being around 8k. Not sure exactly because my parents were gracious enough to pay for it all. Best of luck! It was truly beautiful and wonderful and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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kelleyk8087 :  Our wedding was at the very beginning of April. We were originally thinking of doing it in May but the prices went up at the end of April. And it turned out April was perfect. The weather was just phenomenal! The $8k was just for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. It did not include flights and hotel stay. I know they had cheaper options/packages though. But this worked out well for us and our guests. We had the wedding on a Sunday which made it cheaper as well (Saturday is the most expensive day, then Friday, then Sunday). I did very minimal flowers and decor (the scenery was so beautiful you don’t really need anything) so we saved money there. The hotel has vendors for hair and makeup and whatnot that they give you too. Don’t be afraid to haggle prices. That’s what I did. 

Everyone was very friendly and nice to work with but I will say the one thing to be prepared for is that they are not the best at responding to you right away when you contact them. Everything there is more relaxed, so you kind of have to go with the flow. Sometimes my emails wouldn’t get returned promptly so I’d have to call. But everyone was very nice and in the end it turned out beautifully. 

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