- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
We had our wedding in Grand Cayman (recaps are still in the works!), and I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
How many people did you invite? I think around 200 or maybe a bit more. We invited the entire list we would have for a big, hometown wedding. In fact, I think our list was even bigger (we could include all those randoms our parents wanted), because we knew that most people wouldn’t come anyway.
How many people came? We were expecting 30-40, but around 80 people came!! Big shocker!! Our budget doubled, but it was so worth it!!
Did you ever regret having a Destination Wedding instead of a traditional wedding? NO WAY, not even for a second. It was an awesome vacation with all of our closest friends. Sure, there were a few people missing, but that didn’t put a damper on our day (or, week, to be exact!) at all.
What is better/worse about a DW? Usually people want to make a vacation out of it (and you should encourage that by organizing events, etc.), so you end up spending way more time celebrating with the people you love. That is by far the best part. Also, people raved about our wedding. We could tell that everyone was having a blast.
Some of the drawbacks are working with vendors in a different country, credit card transaction fees (watch out for those–cards charge your for converting currency!), planning a wedding from afar (helps you to loosen up and have a relaxed attitued though!), guests spending more money, schlepping all your wedding crap to the location, guests not being able to make it, people trying to make you feel guilty about having a wedding that is not convenient for them to attend.
If you want to maximize attendance, try to make it affordable. Find out the cheapest times to fly (I recommend shoulder season, the time between high and low season), negotiate good group rates at hotels, help match people who may want roomates. Oh, and make an awesome wedding website with lots of details about the location and all the fun events!! Good luck!!