(Closed) To destination or not?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think this is something you can leave up to random internet strangers.  Have you both talked to your parents about it?  At the end of the day you have to do whatever makes YOU (both of you) happy.

Post # 4
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a huge extended family and my husband does not.  We decided on a small destination wedding followed by a large at-home reception.  Not all of my grandparents made it to the destination wedding for travel reasons, which we knew in advance, but all were able to make it to our at home reception.

Like SanDiegoAli said, you have to do what’s right for you.  We wanted the wedding ceremony to be more intimate, with a small group of people we knew really well. That was really important to us. We didn’t discuss it with our families until after we made the decision (but we were picking up all the costs ourselves).

Post # 5
40 posts

Destination! Then reception of some sorts back home. When thinking destination, don’t forget cruises. We had a destination wedding (my daughter) 2 years ago this Thanksgiving week. Very surprisingly, they had 58 people go on the cruise for wedding, which was at our first stop – Key West. We had a FANTASTIC dessert reception in December. Each dessert went with the various wedding trip stops  and their honeymoon – Miami Beach cakes, Key lime pies, Jamiacan rum cakes, alcoholic drink inspired cupcakes for Cozumel, palm tree sugar cookies, and a beachy wedding cake. We played the wedding video on the large screen and had photos from each location displayed at each dessert table. The whole trip was AMAZING! and, believe it or not, very inexpensive compared to a one day at home wedding, which is what we are one month away from with the 2nd daughter. 🙂

Post # 6
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am having a Destination Wedding, but we had originally started planning a large traditional wedding that was freaaaaking me out lol

We are really easy going laid back couple, so it worked for us. We are getting married on Isla Mujeres off the coast of cancun 🙂

Post # 7
746 posts
Busy bee

If you have a lot of older guests, a cruise may be a great option. They tend to have a lot of services for every age group.

 The iffy part about a cruise though is that if you plan on getting married at one of the ports, and you hit bad weather and miss your port for some reason, you could very well miss your wedding too!

Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We decided to have a Destination Wedding for the same reason.  His family is all in NJ (where we are) and all of mine is scattered all over the U.S. but concentrated mostly in Chicago.  I thought it was unfair to have a wedding in NJ and make all of my family travel and he felt the same way about his family.

We were originally thinking Mexico as well but to avoid making fly out of the country, and to reduce costs, we decided on a cruise from the port of Miami.  This also gives people the option to go on the cruise with us and continue the celebration or just to join us for the ceremony and a short reception and then spend the rest of their vacation in Miami.

And we’ve been surprised by the response we’ve received, having 80 sailing guests and another 20 non-sailing guests

Hope this helps! Best of luck!

Post # 10
841 posts
Busy bee

Nice! Congrats and Good Luck with the planning 🙂

Post # 11
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing a destination wedding in the town my grandparents live so that they can come. 

Post # 12
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hello!  I just got married in Aruba and it was the best decision we ever made!  Everyone had a great time and it was stress free!  The wedding festivities lasted for a few days and countless memories were created.  Loved it and would encourage any one to do the same!  Of course, I’m biased…..:)

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