(Closed) How did you pick your destination?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
1139 posts
Bumble bee

It’s a place we love, had our first vacation and a place where I used to live. It brings us so much happiness, that I cannot wait for us to be married there! 2 week honeymoon afterwards…I know we are going to be in matrimony bliss right after…before we get back to the real world Laughing.

Post # 18
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we changed ours too, first of all we wanted a cruise wedding but couldnt find a route we liked close enough to home (New Zealand) as otherwise guests would have to pay too much to first of all get there & then do cruise.  Then we looked at Bali, then Chiang Mai, then Ko Samui but have decided on Phuket. We chose Phuket as we visited there 10 years ago & it was great, plus most family & friends havent been there before.

Post # 19
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We decided ours because of my family back in Louisiana(where I’m from).  If I wanted to marry where I live now(AZ) I would have had to pay for my parents and siblings to come out cause they would not have been able to afford to(we are paying for our own wedding 100%).  Me and FI both liked the idea of a beach wedding so I decided on Destin, Florida because it is only 5-6 hours driving distance from my family(and many of my friends).  This way I still can have an awesome beach wedding and not stress about my family not being there.  I’ve also been to Destin before and the beaches there are beautiful.

Post # 20
660 posts
Busy bee

Well, we are in a an odd situation, we are both from London/UK, but we now live in Dubai/UAE. WE met here 4 years ago. However, we have chosen to marry in Sri Lanka.


  • I was open to marrying on Saadiyat Island, 45 minutes from Dubai OR going back to the UK so our families can attend, but Fiance for some reason HATES England and is allergic to it, and is not fussed about family and he see’s no meaning in marrying in or near Dubai, since we live this over the top lifestyle every day. I kind of agree with him
  • I am half Sri Lankan, so it has sentimental value to me, I have been to the boutique hotel we are marrying in, and it is stunning.
  • It’s 4 hours away from Dubai, easy for us, our Dubai friends, Maid/Matron of Honor & Best man to travel too.
  • Its cheaper then the UK or Dubai for a wedding.
  • It’s meaningful for my mothers side of the family, many of them have always wanted to go (those that are like me/half/half) and many who are from there, have not been in years, so it’s a good excuse for a break/holiday too.
  • WE ONLY WANT people who really mean something to us to attend, so our list should be around 60 – 75 people, rather then the 150+ we would have if we chose the UK, although this is what is stressing me the most, THE GUEST LIST.
  • More intimate, more meaningful and less hangers on.


Post # 21
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Walnut Beach Resort

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to get married on the beach right on the water, but I always knew that probably wouldn’t be possible in the town we live in. The weather is very iffy, even in the summer and I had yet to see a lake I would like to get married on. When we got closer to being engaged we threw around the idea of a Destination Wedding in Mexico, since we loved it there, or some other tropical locale. We love to travel so the idea of a Destination Wedding seemed like a no-brainer. Fast-forward to reality, we got engaged in Cuba. When we got back my parents thought we would probably choose to go back there to get married. But when reality set in, I discovered I coulnd’t bear the thought of my wedding day without my Grandma and family and friends, and I just didn’t want to ask them to travel so far. I live in British Columbia and there is a beautiful town right on the border to the states called Osoyoos. It is the destination town in our province for vacations, as the weather is always beautiful and the town is built on two massive lakes. When we started looking into resorts there we realized it was affordable, and found a place we loved! It is a 10 hour drive for us, and 5 hours for many of our family members who live out of town. Perfect!

Post # 22
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

um… it’s DISNEY.

is an explanation even necessary? there was never another choice.

Post # 23
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

My fiance and I are having a very hard time picking a location to get married. I am from Texas and he is from Australia and we currently live in Stockholm, Sweden. We will have guest coming from all locations and it seems that one side will definitely have to pay more. We originally thought Fiji but flights are very expensive from the US. We are considering Hawaii or the Caribbean but then it will be expensive from Australia. If you have any recommendations for Fiji that would be helpful. We have been looking at the Outrigger in the Lagoon Fiji but they are not willing to bend the prices for anything. I would love any advice as I did not realize wedding planning would be so stressful. 

Post # 24
21 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

It was an easy decision for us. We both wanted to get married on a gorgeous beach, ideally in the Caribbean. I used to be a travel guide editor, and the very first guide I edited was actually a guide to the Virgin Islands. I suggested it because it has the all beauty and exoticsm of the Caribbean with the convenience of domestic travel for our guests. We chose St. John in particular because that island is 60% national park giving it an unspoiled natural beauty that makes it truly magical as well as an exclusive feel. Not to to mention there is a bay on that island that is the same as my (extremely unusual) first name. It’s as if that island was calling to us. I am usually a person who researches to death before making any major decisions, but in this case I didn’t and I don’t regret it at all. I can’t tell you how many people who’ve traveled extensively in the Caribbean, when I tell them I’ve chosen St. John, they say “I loved St. John. Excellent choice!!” I’ve heard only wonderful things about it and I can’t wait. The only downside I would say is that it’s slightly more remote (therefore, a bit more of a logistical hassle) and more expensive than other islands might have been, but I believe that it’s worth it. 

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