Post # 1
We are considering a destination wedding for our 2015 wedding.
We are not particularly interested in a certain location but definitely need some place warm. Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Florida, etc.
We would realistically have 20 guests attend.
I need advice.. where do I start?? Any reccomendations for resorts?? We are trying to be budget concious and it seems like it can get pretty pricey.
PLEASE HELP!! 🙂
Post # 2
I have not, and will not be doing this myself. But, I have heard great things about Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. You can also do some amazing DWs in Vegas, NY, and Florida. Do a search online for destination weddings. You could also get married on a cruise or take the cruise ship to the Destination Wedding. There are a BUNCH of options. When you are able to do something on a smaller scale, you usually have many more options. Hotels give discounts for Destination Wedding with guests booking rooms at the hotel the Destination Wedding will be at. You can do so many extras because you only have to do it for a small amount of people.
The only downside is that you may not be able to taste wedding cake samples or see anything in person unless you travel to the resort in advance of the wedding. Still, things usually turn out pretty well despite that. You could also see if you could skype with the wedding coordinator and see some things that way. Good luck with everything!
Post # 3
I would recommend looking at sandals (http://www.sandals.com). They have resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, and some other places. We are going to Antigua, but just by ourselves.
We chose this chain because this is what specialize in—weddings. You can go online and basically go through a list and customize what you want–cake, flowers, linens, anything/everything you want. They make it very easy.
It seems like the average amount people have is around 20-30. You start getting perks after you have 6 guest rooms booked in your party.
Post # 4
highschoolhoneys: we decided to do Vegas because of our guests ( my choice would of been Paris) or we were going to do French quarter wedding in New Orleans. First off, there are tons of fantastic stateside venues that could work too. Think of your style first. I was obsessed with Vegas as a young adult and thought I would always get married there. Then I backtracked after I actually visited but only because I was thinking Elvis drive thru. My focus since waiting to be engaged has been French… Paris, French quarter.. Pinks and macaroons, French food and wine Etc… And so thinking of our guests, we picked Paris hotel Las Vegas. So my theme has always remained throughout- Parisian venue, colors, food etc… Then you should think about if you want tropical but your 20 guests don’t have passports… There are gorgeous places in Florida etc… Google is your friend:)
Post # 5
mtom: thanks for the tip! we looked into sandals and their resorts look amazing!!! it seems like they make the wedding planning super easy too. after researching, we came to the conclusion that a destination wedding won’t work for us. there is no way our families could afford to stay even a few nights to attend the wedding. having my small family attend the wedding is important so i think we will just end up with something in our area.
however we are definitely considering one of those places for our honeymoon!
Post # 6
highschoolhoneys: be careful with Sandals if you want customization/control. Lol. We are getting married at Sandals Negril in July. We have a butler class room (super excited for that!) but they do have some restraints that had I known ahead of time, I might have chose a different resort. We did not want the “snapshots” photographers taking our wedding photos, they are pricy, they get super mixed reviews online. Sandals does not allow outside vendors. They have a list of 4 Jamaica professional photographers they work with that are in fact outside vendors but they are allowed on property. Their prices start in the 3500-4k range. Holy lord.
So what we did was hire an outside professional photographer for 3 hours. She will pick us up after the ceremony and take us all over Negril for pics.
I hated their flower selections. I inquired about changing a bouquet and it was exorbitant!!! Their bouquets are already “smallish” and over priced. To work around this, I bought a natural touch bouquet.
We are eloping, so these are just some of the issues I have run into. I would make sure that whatever you choose that you really make sure it fits your needs. The photo thing really really bothered me. I always dreamed of professional pics not some semi pro people who follow people all day and just take pics. I believe if the photographer stays 3 nights they tend to relax the rule but I couldn’t afford to pay for a photographer to stay 3 nights and then also pay for services! Sandals isn’t cheap! Lol
happy planning! There’s a forum called best destination weddings. Lots of reviews of every island tons of resorts – great for research.
Post # 7
LoveLikeCrazy: I cannot believe they are charging that much at the Jamaica Sandals for the private photographers! In Antigua, it’s 2k for the 4hour outside photographers, then you get all of the negatives during that time. It’s still a lot more expensive than the outside photographers are outside of Sandals (Sandals is obviously making a nice profit). The photography prices have me a little bummed, but we’re figuring it gets counter-balanced by not paying any of the legal fees or cake or anything. I am excited about the butler, too!! Pampering…I’m just worried it’s going to spoil us too much for future vacations!!!