Post # 1
Ahh, SO just told me he’s proposing soon! Like December-Januaryish. And we’re planning on getting married either next summer (Aug 2013) or next December (2013.) It’s looking more like next summer due to leases being up and not wanting to live together till we’re married. Plus he graduates next December and will be moving right after.
We’d love to get married in Maui… but his parents strongly hinted that some place in the continental US would be better for them and they have friends that would like to come. (This was supposed to be parents and siblings only, but whatever.)
So we’d love some place gorgeous, with white sandy beaches, and the gorgeous ocean behind us. Preferably some place with nice warm weather, but not like 102 degrees and humid. Fun stuff to do (snorkle, scuba, golf) in the area is also awesome. SO would prefer somewhere West Coast, but all coast are up for discussion.
Any ideas? I’ve been Google-ing all night but there’s so many places it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s a good deal. And specifics (like a certain resort, inn, or package) are great also!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale
ETA: will be absolutely amazing in December, but hellish in August
Post # 4
I love Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama. It’s not Maui, but the beaches are pretty white and the prices for beachfront condos reduce significantly during the first or second week of August, so friends and family could stay at pretty nice places right on the beach for a good price.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Key West in December. Check out the B&Bs for deals on wedding packages. It’s cool that time of year but still warm enough to enjoy the beach, snorkeling, and golf.
Post # 6
San Diego! One of the great things about SD is that the weather is incredibly consistent (aka always sunny, usually fairly temperate). If I were to do a destination wedding there (which I might) I’d plan to hold it at a Hotel so that the guests could stay in one place and the hotel could manage most of the bigger logistics. Hotels such as the following would be contenders
– The hotel del cornado
– Pacific Terrace
Post # 7
@cbgg: We’re expecting around 20-25 people tops. Do they accomodate parties that small?
Post # 8
Nevermind, just checked out the room rates. I’m having a bit of sticker shock I suppose. I’m used to the $150 a night max rule.
Post # 9
@Paiger8: Long boat key, FL
You can have your wedding at Longboat key Club there and there are plenty of places for people to stay that would be within their pricerange or they could all stay at the same hotel!
Post # 10
Key West/Key Biscayne, FL. Key West is very romantic and fun, it’s in the continental US yet feels like you’re in another country, very tropical. Easy to fly to from the east coast, a little cumbersome if you’re on the west coast, however. (If you fly into Miami, it’s about a 3 hr drive to KW).
Post # 11
Any beach along the Gulf of Mexico would work best. He sand is white and cool and the water is a beautiful teal. East coast florida is gray and dark blue and not very romantic looking.
Post # 15
I live in St. Petersburg, FL and work in St. Pete Beach, FL. SPB is gorgeous and pretty affordable. We’re getting married near the beach in July of 2013. But beware, Florida beaches in the summer are hot and full of people. A winter wedding in FL would definitely be more cost-effective and the beaches would be less crowded.
Post # 16
Thanks for all the ideas ladies!! We’re still trying to figure out winter or summer. I’d love FL in the winter (I’ve been in August before and hellllll no. It was humid.) and Cali in the summer. So now it’s just a matter of figuring out a date to fit into people’s schedules.