Post # 1
How long does it take to plan a destination wedding? We am at the very beginning of the process – as in have looked at a few but haven’t chosen a location yet – of planning ours. He wants to do it in November of 2011, but, YIKES! that seems like not enough time. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Post # 3
There are many factors such as; where exactly do you plan on marrying, how “big” of a wedding are you having, is it a small ceremony/reception or do you want to have all the bells n whistles?
Post # 4
For me, the biggest factor was making sure our guests had enough time to plan for it. I think once you pick the location and venue, the rest kinda falls together because it is a destination wedding and as such you don’t have as much control over some things that brides might otherwise go crazy about. We just sent out our save the dates which gives guests 10 months to plan. i think November 2011 is totally doable as long as you can secure a venue and date before the end of February. That would give your guests a solid 8 months notice which is great. Where are you thinking?
Post # 5
I got engaged in mid-august and my wedding is april 23rd in jamaica! You can totally do it. Just know that when I was looking for venues some of the ones I wanted were already booked for the weekends we wanted. (it is close to spring break time though) We knew we wanted spring 2011 but there were only certain weekends that worked for my parents, his parents, our siblings, and our wedding party. I would say get on finding your venue and the dates that work for your must have guests and then work on your save the dates asap but yep you can do it!
Post # 6
I think for planning, you have plenty of time. As for guests and traveling to the Destination Wedding, my experience has been that giving them 1 year head’s up is fine but nobody can make definite plans until realistically 3-4 months beforehand.
Post # 7
We got engaged Nov. 5th and our destination wedding is Feb. 11th. I still have sooo much planning to do, but I really don’t care. I just can’t wait to be his wife 🙂
Post # 8
Mine is 98 days away! The biggest thing about having a destination wedding is how much easier it is 🙂 But, just know that even the people that you think would come, might have a hard time making it (money, vacation time, etc.)… but a destination wedding just makes such a romantic atomosphere that you won’t mind – because all that matters is you and your hubby!!
Oh, and Nov is plenty of time to get all the details nailed out!
Post # 9
You can definitley do it by november. When we were talking to our wedding planner about our date she was like…”wow, yall are on the ball. most people plan in like 5-7 months”
I was like….Oh, hmm…well I want a long engagement 😀
Post # 10
We have 5 months to plan. In just three weeks we have found our venue, my dress, a photographer, officiant, and are now working on invites (worst part by far). We will visit the location next month to finalize things.
Post # 11
I agree with the others–you have plenty of time! My destination wedding is for immediate family only, so that cut down on the notification time, since everyone was in regular contact already and knew that we were thinking about it. We didn’t start officially planning until about six months out from the wedding. First was to scope out hotels with enough rooms available to house all your guests, and then it was on to the ceremony location. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. I will say that I contracted with a wedding planner at my destination–and that has been a huge help. I cringe to think about my international long-distance phone bills if I had to do all the planning from home! And I would also suggest taking a 2-3 day trip to your destination to check everything out several months before the wedding. I think it’s an important step so there are no surprises on the big day!
Post # 12
I will answer your question with “it depends”.
I think the most dependent factor is the venue at which you get married. I got married at a hotel in a national park, so the hotel did some things for me but other stuff (flowers, music, etc) I had to provide. If you’re doing a wedding, say on a resort in Mexico like my SIL is, it’s a different story. The resort has packages that you set up and they provide all that stuff for you, so you’re cutting out a lot of vendor research and booking time. I spent 2 months picking a florist (granted I planned my wedding 2 yrs out), but my SIL won’t even need to worry about stuff like that.
If you want a lot of people to travel (far away) to your wedding, it is customary to give them as much notice as possible. If you started now, I’d say you could get your save the date’s out by early march (considering you haven’t yet booked a venue) which imo is probably enough notice for travel to a November wedding. Keep in mind that November is a busy travel season though, so as much notice as possible is ideal.