Post # 1
Ok, so just got the official proposal with the ring on Christmas eve 🙂
I’ve been planning in my head for months, and am now ready to make some real decisions.
We are pretty sure we would like a Destination Wedding (we live in Arizona, my family is in the Midwest, his spread out, with friends all over). We are pretty sure not too many people from the Midwest will be able to swing the trip but KNOW we do not want to be married there. Additionally, we would REALLY like to be married this summer (we are both teachers and this would work well for us). Here are my questions…
Is it even possible to plan a wedding in this short time?
Any ideas for venues in Mexico/ Costa Rica? We are going between leaving the country or somewhere in Orange Country… however we would like something simple to plan- which is why a all-incusive wedding package at a resort sounds perfect!
Would it be too late to plan a wedding for this summer- as in is it too late to send out save the dates?
Do I invite everyone (knowing my family will not come) to the Destination Wedding as well as the reception back home? Do I send these invites at the same time?
Thanks everyone! I don’t know any Destination Wedding brides so I’m hoping to get lots of help from everyone here!!
Post # 3
@BlackYellow: First, congratulations on the engagement!!!
I think that you have plenty of time to plan… especially since you’re not planning on a large amount of people being able to come. Are you planning on making a trip to Mexico to look at venues or just picking one from shopping around online? If I were you, I’d definitely look around online and pick out 3 or 4 places that look good to you and call to find out dates that they have available in June and July. That way, you don’t get your heart set on a venue, then find out that they’re not even available for that day.
Then you should either make a trip or compare the package prices at the different venues to your budget. I wouldn’t send out any save the dates until you actually book your venue. That can cause major confusion if someone else snags your date right before you book… then you end changing the date OR the venue. I think that 5 or 6 months is pretty ideal for mailing save the dates for a Destination Wedding… I wouldn’t send them any later than 4 months in advance.. at the latest.
Post # 4
@BlackYellow: Congrats! I think if you get a wedding planner, it will probably help you get organized as well as alleviate a lot of stress. As for invitations, we’re sending them to all the closest friends and family, even to the ones who cannot go, just as a courtesy.
Post # 5
Fiance and I considered Le Blanc Resort in Cancun while we were in the process of choosing a location for our destination wedding in July. They are an all inclusive adults-only resort and they have a great complimentary wedding package. We ended up deciding on Jamaica, but if we were gonna get married in Cancun, Le Blanc would be the spot.
(DW tip: We chose a Thursday July 21, 2011 as our date bc it’s a destination wedding anyway and we will be there for an entire week. Doesn’t have to be on a Saturday. The weekday gave us alot of wiggle room when negotiating prices and packages with vendors.)
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Congrats hon!!! =) And yes you can totally plan a wedding in 6 months but do yourself a favor and hire a coordinator. It seriously made all the difference for us.
As far as recommending a place we just got married last week at Al Ceilo in the Riviera Maya, MX. It was AMAZING! All our guests keep telling us it was like something right out of a movie. I would totally sugguest going off resort for your ceremony as the resort ceremonies are not very private and usually have people (sometimes top-less) standing around.
As far as sending out invites we included some basic information about the at home receptoin but we plan to send out a seperate invitation for the at home reception.
If you need to know anything feel free to ask. I am like a total wedding dictionary of destination wedding stuff. =)