(Closed) If you are a DW bride how….

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I ended up planningn everything by myself, using the internet, then visiting the location I chose to get more info and see it in person.  

I signed up with destinationweddings.com and they were horrible.  The lady just wanted to chit-chat with me, and the package prices she gave me were much higher than what I got from the hotels directly.  

You can always decide on a general area where you want the wedding, then have a travel agent help you to get together the reservations, because they can sometimes get good flight/hotel package discounts.

If you need any help no where to start or anything just ask!


Post # 4
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

We planned the ceremony & reception logistics with the help of the hotel wedding coordinator, everything else we did on our own!

Post # 5
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

I did all the research over the internet.  We have visited the Riviera Maya once and loved it but we were in Tulum not Xph-Ha and Playa where we are having our wedding and reception.  Once we had the location I spent close to 6 months looking at venue and finally picked one, sight unseen minus online pics and reviews.  We are hiring a DOC for the ceremony because we wanted to have it off property from the all inclusive we are staying at.

Do get a travel agent.  Ours has been so helpful just in logistics and answer guests questions not to mention cost savings.  She has taken a load off my shoulders.  We made a list of things we wanted in a resort and she helped up narrow them down.

Post # 6
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Depends on what you consider DW??? We are getting married about an hour away from where we live.  I basically have called set up vendor appts etc.  Luckily I have tons of friendors (the nature of my business) and all are able to help out for little or no cost.  If you are traveling far away, usually the place where you are getting married has a coordinator that can help you plan everything.  If you want something more extensive, definitely consider having a coordinator (if it’s within your budget) come through and help tighten up loose ends, make phone calls etc.


Good luck!!

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

So far we’re working on our own but we’re still over a year out so that could change. Depending on the hotel/ceremony venue (which will most likely be one location), we might hire a local wedding planner or just use the hotel coordinator. I guess this really doesn’t help, does it? Tongue out

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

we are getting married in the bahamas in june. we hired a wedding planner down there to help coordinate everything. i found them online. we also went to the bahamas last november to look at different sights. 

Post # 10
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Also, we took a research trip down there to scope out all of the places first.  This was the best move because the places I thought I would love based on their pretty online pictures and descriptions were….not so great in person.  If you find a travel agent that you can 100% trust to give you a lot of different options that they’ve seen, then you should be fine.

Post # 11
1106 posts
Bumble bee

Im interested in this too.. I will need to advice soon lol.

Post # 12
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

so far we’ve been doing everything on our own.  we haven’t tackled hotels yet though, which is the part i’m worried about…:P

Post # 13
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I did everything on my own through the web and phone conversations.  

Post # 14
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Im getting married in Paphos in October.  We initially signed up with Medweds.com and Iwas disgusted by their lack of service -they kept telling me what I could and couldn’t have (it wasn’t in the package and the bespoke option was double the price for some extra bouquets). 

They even booked our ceremony date without asking us an sent us an invoice demanding money lol!  Eventually we decided to do it ourselves 🙂 I’m glad asverything isgoing perfectly now.

I know there are some really good destination planners out there.  I guess it depends how much control you want to give away xxx

Post # 15
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

I did a ton of research and found a hotel that offered all inclusive and non-all inclusive plus a wedding package that took care of everything – flowers, music, photographer, cake, etc. Those were the selling points for me. We also had to find somewhere that allowed children so Sandals was out. Once we picked the place, I found a travel agent to help our guests book their trips and she’s been my savior.

Post # 16
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I planned my entire wedding from Colombia.  I chose all of my vendors and venues online.  A lot was dependent on reviews from others and phone calls.  I did make a special appointment with all of them three months before the wedding to finalize the plans, but I could only afford to visit once.  It actually worked out pretty well!  I could have done everything by phone, although the food tasting really helped and we did end up changing our menu.

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