Post # 17
We’re getting married in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and also booked without seeing the venue. We haven’t even seen the country! It’s a rather daunting thought, but we’ve had all the support in the world from the wedding co-ordinator at the resort and it really is just going by a gut feeling. It’s also a plus if you know people that have been there, but if you don’t, just skim through review sites like crazy! We were even lucky enough to stumble upon an ‘Edgewater Resort Wedding’s’ facebook page, that had photos and testimonials galore.
So you don’t have to go on a site visit, but you do need to do a lot of research into venues and accommodation :]
Post # 18
I got married in Destin, Florida and planned my entire wedding via emails and phone calls. Just couldn’t afford to make a trip out there before the wedding. I went with one of the beach wedding companies in Destin(many beach areas in Florida have a ton of companies that offer beach wedding packages). Once I decided on what company to go with, I looked at suggestions on their website for locations to marry at. Did research and looked at pictures and went from there.
I got really lucky. Everything turned out wonderful for our wedding. Even not being able to do food tastings, cake tastings, etc before the wedding. Our food was amazing, cake amazing, all our vendors were just wonderful to work with.
I would personally look into if there are any beach parks where you are wanting to marry at in Florida. If you just get married in front of a condo/resort/etc on the beach there, you are gonna have many onlookers and many people on the beach. Even though most beaches are public and that just goes with having a beach wedding, at least the beach parks offer a lil bit more privacy.
Post # 19
We picked all our venues (ceremony, reception, accommodations for ourselves and guests) without ever seeing them. We looked at photos online, checked out reviews, and checked with other couples in the area.
If you want everything to be exactly as you envision it, you may be better off with a local wedding, where you can check out every last detail. But many of us were willing to accept a bit of uncertainty rather than be making multiple expensive trips to the wedding area.
Post # 20
I also booked without seeing the venue and found other forums like tripadvisor.com, oyster.com, and bestdestinationweddings.com to be very helpful.
Post # 21
@IUrebekah3RT: we are actually thinking about a wedding in destin area! Neither me or my fiancé have been to fl and we are just in the very beginning of our planning….but I would love to hear your thoughs about the area!
Post # 22
I booked my venue based on reviews – both from Trip Advisor and other brides. I know that doesn’t always work for larger resorts (people always have something to complain about!), but it worked perfectly for us. Fantastic reviews, no complaints – I thought that was a safe bet!