I’m currently planning our Destination Wedding for Oct, so getting down the wire.
Here are some responses to your fears:
1. Stressing about nagging family: I’ve sent out maybe 3 or 4 emails top w/ things like good airfare deals, how to reserve the rooms, reminder to reserve the rooms and info on international travel. Most of our guests would have had to fly to our state for the wedding, so asking them to fly to MX instead of MN wasn’t too hard for them. We’re about 7 weeks out and only 3 pairs of guests have yet to make their travel plans, but i’m not worried about any of them.
2. Being stuck with everyone: A wedding will usually be like a big family reunion anyway, just normally in your home town. When you arrive at your resort, you’ll have tons of meetings… meet the photographer, DJ, baker, florist, hair trials, venue walk throughs, etc. I’ve already gotten my schedule and we have something pretty much all morning in the three days prior to our wedding. ALSO, most of our guests aren’t even flying in until the day before the rehearsal (flying in on Weds, rehearsal Thurs, Wedding on Friday). SO, we really won’t see them unless we run into them at the pool 🙂 It’s our vacation too!
Honestly, they’re going to want to be by the pool, drinking at the bar, golfing whatever…. enjoying their vacation.
3. Planning it:
a. Easy. Easy. Easy. The hardest part was finding a resort. We had a couple things we needed, family friendly, not all inclusive (more $$ for families than non-inclusive), and a direct flight option from most major cities. We chose Cabo San Lucas.
My planner is awesome and included in the price of our wedding at the resort. We are probably paying extra b/c it’s not at an all inclusive, but I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Anything I want I’ve been able to get, all with just an email. It’s like having a fairy-god-mother-wedding-planner. I send her my idea, she replies with options and prices, I choose. That’s it. LOVE IT. They have pictures of centerpieces, cakes, lighting, etc that you can pick from, or you can send a picture and she prices it out.
b. I did not get a travel agent. We will have about 30 people, who are flying in from Mpls, Chicago, LA, Indiana, Omaha & Kansas City… and most of our friends know how to book a flight. I looked up some average airfares from their city to Cabo and gave them the avg price, so they knew what was “expensive”. We also booked the resort ourself and contracted a group rate (10+ rooms) which dropped the room rate from around $300/night to $158/night. Now, I could end up wishing I had an agent if something terrible happens around the wedding but honestly, I have faith it’ll be okay.