(Closed) If fam and friends fly to you

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think hang-out festivities sound like fun! But how do you envision your ceremony and reception going if that’s the way you decide to go? Can you have hang-out festivities and a nice ceremony/reception?

Post # 4
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@immanorcalbee:  I’m considering a similar idea. Some people are excited about it. Some people may prefer fancier weddings, but if you go a bit more casual that could free up some funds for other things they’d appreciate. And you can still do pretty decor at your reception without it being overly formal, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good BBQ. In fact, it’s probably a safer bet as a crowd pleaser than a lot of catered dishes.

Maybe you could rent a vacation house near an area with a variety of motels/hotels, restaurants, etc. 

Post # 5
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m considering something similar. 


Ceremony at a cute farm owned by an amazing photographer.

Share a cake afterwards then head back to a cabin for relaxing with friends and family. Maybe some games.  Wine, food and a bon fire. 



Post # 6
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We live in OR, FI’s family is in CA while most of mine are in AZ since that is the case we decided on Yosemite National Park for our celebration. We are having a formal affair with family and close friends (hoping to keep it around 100). We also sold the idea by telling everyone it could be a mini vacation for them. I definitely would recommend that you provide a nice dinner for your guests after your ceremony. Happy planning Smile

Post # 7
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My cousin got married on Lake Tahoe a few years ago and it was gorgeous! It was very simple and romantic – they had it on the beach part as it was a summer wedding. I think the more casual atmosphere is fun, personally, and theirs was relaxing and laid back. I can’t imagine being upset that I traveled to have fun, ya know? 🙂 I would actually dislike a more formal affair if that meant I couldn’t enjoy the scenery or hang out with the couple a bit.

 I also think that it’s more budget friendly, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be amazing and personal. There are TONS of ways to do outdoor DIY and cost effective things to create the atmosphere you want.

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