(Closed) Destination Weddings – The Good… The Bad.. and the UGLY.

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 32
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got married in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and it was hands down the best decision we could have made, and I’d do it over again in a heartbeat. There were definitely times when my husband and I were stressed out to the max trying to plan this thing, and wondered “are we crazy” more times than we can count, but when all was said and done… totally 100% worth it.

The Good: Having all of your most favorite people in the world come together for a multi-day celebration and spending vacation together. You don’t feel rushed about not being able to spend time with people, because you have more than one day to do so. Another thing i loved was that everyone really got to know each other. Friends that would have never met got to build relationships with people that they wouldn’t have if they only had one day, and that was awesome.

The Bad: Some people won’t be able to make it because of cost, and that sucks. But the people that you really truly care about, the people you really want to be there, they will be there. They will find a way.

The Ugly: Planning a wedding from thousands of miles away, often in a foreign language, is not easy. You are 100% at the mercy of your vendors. If you have a bad vendor, there is nothing you can do about it. My wedding planner ended up being the biggest cause of stress out of the whole wedding – she was just terrible, but there was nothing I could do about it and she knew it. That said, there are a lot of great vendors out there, and our wedding still turned out fantastic. Even with the wedding planner from hell, I don’t regret having a Destination Wedding.

 

Post # 33
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are having a destiantion wedding in Palm Springs. So far things have gone well with planning, but I am finding it difficult to talk to vendors over the phone and trust that they will pull through the day of the wedding. Like the bus, flowers, hair and makeup girl ect. It would be easy if we were getting married here in our home town, as if someone didn’t show I would know a billion other reputable people/places to call on. I am finding this difficult.

We rented a mansion (OH MY GOD THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!) so that we could stay there with our families, and our guests will stay ar a near by hotel. This way for four days we will have a place to lounge by the pool, visit, and party or relax when we want. We are hoping our guests will treat it as a home base even if they are staying at the hotel. Booking the mansion was a good idea for us as it helped save the cost of accomodation for some of our guests (they way we choose was that parents and siblings stay at the mansion) and we dont need a venue for the reception as we are doing it around the pool/patio area so it was another way to save. We are getting married in a park so we only had to pay a small fee for that too.

Ugh. Okay, now that I typed that out I realize I have a lot more details to go over. LOL.

Good luck!

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