Post # 1
How did you decide where to have your wedding? FI and I know we want a destination wedding, but we’re not sure what destination. Did you go through a travel agent? Did you travel to the places you were considering to check them out first? We’re too afraid to pick a place without seeing it in person first, but how much traveling do you do? We also want to pick a place as soon as possible so people can save to come if they want to, but we’re both students and work and wont be able to go look at places until Winter break.
Any advice on this process is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
We wanted to be able to get the paperwork done without too much hassle and thusly narrowed it down to English speaking countries. We knew we wanted to go somewhere warm and beachy so we were looking at an English speaking country in the Caribbean. Then we narrowed it down based on price and locations that appealed to us most. Our final decision was Jamaica.
Post # 4
Jamaica is one that we are considering too, did you visit to see where the wedding was going to be before deciding on it?
Post # 5
@ImaStarr: We can’t afford to go before it is time. I did a lot of research online and asked a lot of questions of our resort. I used a travel agent to book our trip, but we had already made a decision by the time we brought in the travel agent. We’ve both done a good amount of traveling and usually do it backpacking style. Neither of us have stayed in a resort before and based on the reviews I’ve read we will not be disappointed.
Post # 6
We came this close to getting married in Fiji and our travel agent plus the resort would have arranged it all. The deal breaker for us was having to fly to the resort on Saturday, the back to Nadi on Monday to file the paperwork with the consolate, then back to the resort…so we did a little wedding at home a big honeymoon! A good agent can get it all sorted and even set up a group rate, find one that specializes in your region!
Post # 7
@ImaStarr: we have travelled a bit, first of all we chose Bali, I hadnt been there but Fiance had. We looked online (mostly me) and went to a travel agent just to get brochures. Then after googling it we decided to look at different areas in Thailand, first of all we thought Chiang Mai, then Ko Samui before finally choosing Phuket. You can find out a lot of info from websites, reviews etc. Cost is a factor when consdiering what guests will pay as well as convenience for guests to attend but ours are coming from around 8 different countries.
Post # 8
We chose Cuba for our destination wedding because it is where we went on our first vacation together and go each year and it is a special place for us 🙂 We chose a resort we have already been too so we would know what to expect when we went for our wedding. We are using a destination wedding planner for our wedding and all guests who want to come book through hear so that everyone can get a group rate.
Post # 9
my parents vacationed a year ago in the USVI and recommended it, so after drooling over their pics, we went on a site visit and fell in love with the place even more. after that, the decision was easy. i hired an on-island coordinator.
Post # 10
We had quite the time trying to figure out where to go as well! Once we knew it was an elopement, the possibilities were endless. At some point during the process, we had researched 3 different countries, and 5 different states.
In the end, we picked the Canadian Rockies because
1) we could drive there, but far enough away we couldn’t go there any old weekend
2) we could plan it relatively last minute (as in 17 days)
3) no language barrier (important to me for where I was getting married)
4) always wanted to go there
Post # 11
We chose Kauai because we wanted somewhere that was accessible to both of our families (his family is from the midwest) that wouldn’t require a passport and felt tropical yet not touristy. We had already somewhat decided we weren’t going to do it because it seemed like a hassle and cost a lot. But we already had bought our tickets for a scouting trip and made some appointments so we promised not to decide until we were on the plane home. Well, once we saw the venue and met our photographers, that sealed it for us!
Also, we’re known for traveling together so when we told our family and friends, they were like “of course,” which made it easier to swallow as well.
Post # 12
I have to decide where as well. its suckkkkkkks. so not fun cause there are so many possibilities. I have no clue where to begin. all I knew was beach.
Post # 13
Weather was a big consideration for us! We wanted somewhere with consistently warm weather that wouldn’t be too hot in May/June. Plus it had to be easy to obtain a marriage license, and relatively inexpensive to fly to (most of our guests are coming from the west coast).
Our choice: Oahu!
Post # 14
As it was my FI’s idea to have a destination wedding, my main concern was price for our guests. I researched so many areas and resorts (however Mexico was not included in my search because of the dangers there currently). We have family and friends from everywhere!! I mean all over the states…so I didnt want the flights to be bank breaking.
We decided on Punta Cana, DR. My parents had vacationed there last year and fell in love. Some resorts there are spendy (like the Hard Rock)…but we went with the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe. I planned the wedding during the summer because many of our friends have children in school…but it also helped with the price as that is considered down season in DR. We wont be traveling there beforehand because of prices, but with other forums and my TA I have been able to get loads of information from other brides and ofcourse there is a WC onsite who sends you needed info.
Although not all of my family will be able to come (which is the hardest part of having a Destination Wedding for me and why I was against it) I still feel like it is awesome how excited the people who have already reserved are!
My advice would just be to look at what is most important to you….is it flight time? Lower prices so more guests can come? An onsite Wedding Cord to keep it simple? A place you could also have your honeymoon? It will help narrow choices down and then you can look into the actual resorts.
Post # 15
We decided to get married on the island where we met (Barbados). We both travel a lot and have not returned to Barbados since, but we are going to Tobago for New Years. Because we both have a decent amount of connections in Barbados, we thought it would be safe to plan a wedding long distance because we won’t have o depend too much on a planner to suggest ideas to us. Between the two of us, we’ve both visited (at some point) each of the venues we’ll be using for our wedding weekend and are relying on photos and our memories to help with the event design.