(Closed) Should I do a destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MissS2MrsD:  I would bring the issue up with your VIP guests.  The ones you can’t imagine getting married without. 

My husband’s sister just up and decided to get married in Hawaii, and honestly, we were a little annoyed about how much it cost (and her apparent lack of recognizing that it was putting people out for her just to get married barefoot on the beach).  I guess people can always just decline, but for those who really want to be there, but it’s extremely difficult, it sucks.

Post # 4
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can you do a private beachside ceremony on the west coast and then a reception after? Or is it that the flights will eat up the budget costs, making a reception not possible?

Post # 6
2889 posts
Sugar bee

What is the cost of a flight between Ohio and your home city? both and Hawaii? The way I look at it is if I am flying to a friend’s wedding I would be way more happy to fly to HI than OH as long as the cost is not extremely different. I say this because it seems you are excluding friends from your guest list and if a close freind did this because they assumed I would not travel to their wedding I would be sad to miss it. you also think you siblings would not be able to afford to attend but you would be fine with inviting them and accepting their decline. I think this puts them in a hard place. Again, from a personal perspective, I think I would struggle if I had to miss my brother or sister’s wedding for financial reasons. Most likely I would just charge the trip on a credit card so I could be there and resent the sibling for it later. 

That being said, I think a destination wedding can be a lot of fun if your family is on board and excited to travel. I would float the idea around with each of your parents and siblings and see what type of feedbac you get. A close friend of mine did just that and is now planning a destination wedding in the Bahamas. 


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