How did you select your DW location?

posted 7 months ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

I am from the US and I wanted to be able to easily get married at my Destination Wedding location.  I know a lot of people who choose Mexico and have to get married first at the courthouse and then have a symbolic ceremony.  I did not want that.

So we chose St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  It’s a beautiful island and it’s a territory of the US, so no hoops to jump through.

Post # 3
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I’d drop the idea of Europe and pick something comparable to a wedding in the states for your guests sakes. Cancun area or maybe Cozumel are lovely and tourist friendly. There are tons of resorts… start googling and calling. I’d focus on a nice view and cost and safety.

Post # 4
3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

My Fiance and I are doing a Destination Wedding for similar reasons – no matter where we have our wedding at least half the guests will have to travel. Also, neither of us want to plan a wedding and are perfectly happy just choosing “Package A” or “Package B” and having a total cookie cutter wedding, so going to a resort that does 5 weddings a day is a perfect fit for us hahaha

We ended up settling on the Mayan Riviera, for a few kind of silly reasons lol

1. Close friends of ours got married 2 years ago in Jamaica, with whom we have a significant guest list overlap, and other close friends from the same group are getting married in the D.R. next year, so we wanted to go somewhere else for ours.

2. With Jamaica and D.R. out of the running, the remaining destinations that are reasonably affordable for guests are Cuba or Mexico. We’ve both heard bad things about the food at Cuba resorts, so we went with Mexico.

3. Out of all the popular destinations in Mexico with nice all-inclusive resorts, Mayan Riviera seems to be one of the nicer areas, and there are a wide variety of nearby excursions, etc.

Post # 5
5929 posts
Bee Keeper

Have you looked up the chore of getting legally married in mexico? Most people get married beforehand and just have a “symbolic ceremony” in mexico. Several european countries have strict requirements as well. 

I had a domestic destination wedding, half way between my family and his family. It was driveable or a very short flight. Keep in mind you can always go on an exotic honeymoon, and that won’t cost your guests anything! 

Post # 7
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

rolypoly :  it’s hard to compare because with our Destination Wedding, we invited a lot less than we would have had to in Chicago.  And Chicago prices are really high.

I thought it was affordable for a wedding.  We paid for extra events for our guests since they flew down there.

Plus, you can go to St. John pretty easily or the BVIs (with passports) if you want to go on a honeymoon afterwards.

Post # 9
6664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

rolypoly :  We got married in Puerto Rico. We choose that over say, Mexico, because we didn’t want our guests to have to worry about passports. And we choose PR over other US territories because it was cheaper (flights, hotels, wedding packages, etc.) for everyone involved. 

Post # 10
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

rolypoly :  I really wanted it to be small and intimate so that we could do more with our guests.

We only invited immediate family and then the rest of the guests were friends.

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