(Closed) Destination Wedding Research! Please help me!

posted 13 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 5
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I planned a semi destination wedding, but not across a large body of water, just across the US.  PM me if you have specific questions you would like me to answer for you.

Post # 6
46 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

Well, I am currently in the process of planning a destination symbolic wedding in Paris, France.  (We live in AZ and will be officially marrying by JOP in AZ to make it legal prior to leaving for Europe for the symbolic wedding.)   Though we haven’t had the wedding YET, I can tell you a few things:

Since I don’t speak the language, I was limited to corresponding and making initial inquiries by sending translated e-mails.  (I sent them in English and in French, which I used a translator online to write.)  Unfortunately, I did not receive one single reply to the 20-odd e-mails I sent out to both Wedding Planners and churches/venues.  It was very frustrating. 

Finally, after losing all hope, as a last ditch effort, I contacted a lovely American travel planner who lives in Paris and has been sending me Paris newsletters since I visited there in 2004.  I explained to her my troubles.  She agreed to help me with arrangements for a fee for her time. 

It turns out, the reason I was having such difficulty is that (a) French prefer to deal with people directly, not by e-mail and (b) nobody wants to plan a wedding for someone with only 12 guests.  It’s too small and they can’t make any money on it and (c) sending an e-mail to tell me that was too much trouble for the French.  Oh well. 🙁

In the end, I managed to arrange the service/church, hotels, transportation, etc., all by myself.  The only thing I am getting help with is securing a hair stylist, a make-up artist, a florist and the restaurant for the post-wedding dinner and she agreed to arrange all these things for a simple 100 Euro fee.  Not bad.  Beats thousands on a wedding planner.

Hope that helps you with your project.


~ Kelly



Post # 8
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

You should really post this under one of the Destination Wedding sections.  Or personal message someoe on one of those boards.  Might have more luck!

Post # 9
288 posts
Helper bee

I’m planning a destination wedding across the Pacific (wedding in Hawaii, I live in Australia) and by myself too – all my helpers (mom, Maid/Matron of Honor, etc. are in Boston).

Basically it’s really hard not being able to meet any vendors or see/taste/etc anything firsthand. I have to be very trusting and let go of control, which is hard for me. Please message me if you have any specific questions, I am happy to help.

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