(Closed) How did you decide on your destination? How do you begin to plan?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m not married yet (will be in December), we chose to have our Destination Wedding in St. Thomas because we both visited there on a vacation & fell in love with the place. The first thing we did was research wedding vendors in St. Thomas & starting e-mailing and calling places to get information. This can easily be done on your own or if you prefer to have a travel agent help you, that would be good too! A great website for destination wedding brides is bestdestinationwedding.com, they have tons of great info there and a forum full of Destination Wedding brides! Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@baskets:  we decided on our location eventually because we had been there before (although it was 10 years ago) and loved it.  First of all we wanted to get married on a cruise but we couldn’t find the perfect one in a location we loved that our family & friends would be able to afford to get to (we are not from the USA so dont have a lot of cruise liners near to us).  I tried going to travel agents but in the end went direct to the resorts by emailing a whole bunch & spending hours on the internet. 

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m getting married in August in Maui.

We knew we wanted somewhere hot and tropical.

We decided on somewhere where the airfare wouldn’t be TOO expensive for guests.  Also, FI’s family has a condo there where some of his family members can stay for cheaper.  For those who don’t already have accomodations, there is a wide range of options from hotels to private condos.  Something for many budgets, not like a resort in Mexico where everybody would need to stay in the same place. 

I started planning by looking up websites of hotels and restaurants that do weddings.  I then sent literally TONS of emails to the coordinators at the hotels to get quotes etc.  I eliminated a lot based on them having what I wanted in terms of budget and what I wanted to do.  Once I had narrowed it down, I went with the one that seemed like the best fit and the coordinator that got back to me the quickest/that I seemed to communicate the best with.


Post # 7
673 posts
Busy bee

We’re still in the mode of weighing all of our options based on budgets, but our top choice is Hawaii. We picked it because we went there a couple of years ago and had a blast. It would also keep the wedding small, which would be very nice.

We are still trying to decide on an island. He wants Oahu, and I want the Big Island. I’m looking around at vacation rentals and typical fluctuations in airfare to each one to create budget estimates. We also plan to fly out our parents, so we checked with them about what they would prefer. That didn’t help since they said Oahu and the Big Island. :/

Our family that we really care about being there are really excited by the idea. For any others who have an issue, we’ll have an at home reception to celebrate with them.

Post # 8
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re doing what I’ve been calling a semi-destination. My fiance and I currently live in Jacksonville, FL, where my fiance went to High School. I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and my parents still live there. Our guest list would have been out of control if we did it in either of those cities. I have always wanted a wedding on the beach and we both want something casual….so Key West was the perfect spot! We actually haven’t seen our venue in person yet, my parents scoped it out a couple months ago. We’re going down there in about 2 weeks! I can’t wait to meet with the wedding coordinator and check our the venue myself.

@baskets:  Where else are you considering for your wedding?

Post # 9
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Well, originally I wanted to get married in Antigua— this was before I even knew my Fiance, LoL.  After we started dating & talking about getting married, Fiance suggested the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico to keep our guests from having to have a passport.  Hawaii would’ve worked too, however, it’s a VERY long flight from where we are & also a lot more expensive.  

After that, I looked at the marriage requirements of each of the islands and the prices of flights & hotels.  I didn’t want the travel price to be astronomical for our guests.  I also looked at venues online till I found one I loved… and it was in St. Thomas.  When we went on a cruise last year, one of our ports was St. Thomas, so we actually got to visit the venue I loved online.

Post # 10
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@baskets:  we havent had our wedding yet, it will be in April next year.  It is tiring to do all the emails etc but then again it would be the same calling and emailing people locally.  We got opposition from some family but others are really excited.  it came down to doing what we wanted in the end.  We only want a small wedding anyway. Cruising is awesome, we love it. 

Post # 14
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We went for Sandals Royal Bahamian. Sandals offers Martha Stewart wedding an some things you get free if you book your honeymoon with them.  The weddng planner is great, we did everything thru e-mail and two phone calls. They send a proposal of the things you want done and it was SO EASY! This is coming from someone who was planning a huge wedding in our town with no help though…I chucked it when it was just to much and sent with Nassau Bahamas. I am more then pleased so far. My Fiance went thru a agency which was a lot of help getting purks for us and our guests. 

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