(Closed) Destination Weddings….

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
Member
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Destination Wedding newlywed here!
Your question is very broad and I guess with more details, it would be easier to give you advice!

Do you know what destination you’re looking for? Are you going to plan your details yourself, or look into an all-inclusive resort wedding package? How many people are you expecting to attend?

Ah, so many questions, sorry!
Welcome to Weddingbee!

Post # 4
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7 posts
Newbee

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Destination Weddings are easy to plan when you are working with someone who is knowledgable in both Destination Wedding planning and travel. It is important your planner has real knowledge about  the destination and all of the resorts and their offers.

The first question to ask you need to ask yourself are all of the important people I want to have at my wedding willing and able to travel? If having mom and dad at the wedding is important, but mom refuses to travel, this is not the choice for you.

If all of the important people are willing and able to attend, then you can begin the planning. Many resorts have different wedding packages, from the bare minimum to the most elite. You need to really look at your budget, again, something your Destination Wedding Planner should help you assess.

If you are planning to be married quietly alone, then make sure you plan a small reception at home after the wedding.

There are really many questions I ask my couples to make sure the proper resort and amenities are chosen. Remember not all travel agents are Certified Destination Wedding Planners and not all Wedding Planners are familiar with destination weddings.

Planning this as a DIY can get confusing. You don’t want to be your own travel agent, wedding planner, and travel agent for your guests, let alone dealing with contracts for the air and hotel.

I wish you all the best,

Adrienne

 

 

Post # 5
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7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Welcome to the ‘Bee!

And I’m having a truly intimate destination wedding in a few months, but had planned a larger one (oil spill on gulf has forced us to change plans) before and it’s fun!

First of all, read destination wedding magazines and get a feel for where you’d like to have it.  For us, having ours within reasonable air and drive distance was great as the economy is not so good right now.  But you can do it anywhere!

Give the guests a save the date at say four to five months out to let them have notice to plan travel to the destination.

Learn as much about the destination as you can, but we knew ours well already.  See if weddingwire has information for you about vendors on their site, but btw, weddingbee has VENDOR REVIEWS up now!  Woo hoo!  You can look here!

Plan a few fun group activities the day or two before the wedding (one a day).  Maybe a welcome cocktail party too! 

We have a wedsite (we’re having to totally change around right now) so our guests can keep up with everything and know up to date changes. 

See if there is a coordinator at either the church you’re using or a coordinator locally and that will help a ton with the planning as you cannot possibly do it all on your wedding day, plus if they’re local they should have a relationship with any vendor. 

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