Post # 1
Hi! I just got engaged on the 10th of January and I realise this is early but I was wondering do you guys have any advice on whether I should consider a destination wedding in the Caribbean? My fiance is keen on the idea but I’m worried I’m going to worry being so far away and not be able to customise my wedding as I had once dreamt. What do you guys think? Can I get my dream wedding in the Caribbean or will I end up settling for various fixed packages and should consider having my wedding locally?
Much love and thank you for all your advice and help in advance x
Post # 2
Before you worry about all the details–are you paying for your guests to travel to the Caribbean? If not, do you think they will want to spend thousands of dollars to be at your wedding?
Post # 3
I always vote no for destination weddings, pushes the cost onto the guests.
Post # 4
When given the option I will always say no unless you are eloping with no guests or you have no local guests and everyone would be forced to travel regardless. I am not a fan of pushing the costs off on guests for them to take a “vacation” to a destination not of their choosing or at their convenience. And in the U.S. at least most of us get precious little vacation time off work as it is.
If you are going to go the destination route, have thick skin and be okay with people (including close family and friends) declining due to cost, lack of vacation time, etc. And if you have VIPs you cannot picture your wedding without, you should be floating by potential costs and dates by them to see if it even feasible.
Post # 5
if you can avoid a Destination Wedding, please do!! so expensive for the guests and especially bridal party.
i feel like i’ve seen the avg couple pay about 1k to attend one.
i wish i could tell my guests, “I’m NOT having a Destination Wedding. Feel free to give me a 1k gift anyway!” Kidding.. mostly.. hehehehe
Post # 6
I think the main factor you should consider when deciding on a Destination Wedding is your guest list. Are your guests intersted in traveling? Would they have to travel anyhow (as in, do you live far away from your famliy & friends)? Is there a large group of people who really needs to be there? Do your group have the disposable income and extra time to travel?
I’d answer that question first. If the answer is yes, then I’d move onto the question of esthetics. I’d say that it’s going to be harder to execute a specific vision at a Destination Wedding (unless that vision is Caribean beach party, that will be really easy!). If that’s a big consideration for you I’d keep things at home where you can have more control of vendors and can do more DIY (if that’s your thing).
I had a Destination Wedding and I am really happy with the decision. However, part of the value proposition for me was that it gave me a way to oursource so much of the esthetics. I really wasn’t interested in spending a lot of time on that and didn’t have a really specific vision. I did a lot of telling the resort, “what do you recomend? Ok, that sounds great.”
Post # 7
We are having a “destination” wedding in the sense that it isn’t local. We are in Virgina and doing our wedding in Florida in February – getting away from the cold for a few days. We are having about 50 people attend which I think is great. We picked our local based on how quick the flight was and prices for the flight. If you don’t mind having a smaller turnout, and you think your close friends and family are down for a getaway, I say go for it.
Post # 8
You can customize a wedding anywhere in the world. There are planners and florists who will go anywhere in the world for you. But they cost a lot of money. If I were you, I’d just do your wedding locally and go on your honeymoon to the Carribean. What reasons has your fiance given for wanting to do a destination wedding?
Post # 9
Hi, bee! Congratulation on your engagement! Can I ask if there’s any reason you’re considering a destination wedding in the Carribean? My situation might be different than yours, but my fiance and I are having a destination wedding really mainly because we’re from different countries and there is really no “middle” of both of our countries. And we do not want to have two different weddings in each country, so decided to have a Destination Wedding in a country where we live now (we live in overseas!), it’ll be at a different state, so everybody including us has never been there! It’ll be a lot of fun, I hope. Our wedding is a small, intimate family only wedding, and both of our families sort of met in the middle for us. I’m a type of person who LOVES organizing and planning everything in advance, so I never thought I’d have a Destination Wedding. My fiance knows me so well, so he suggested what if we have a wedding planner. We ended up finding a perfect venue that included wedding coordinators to their package, and that is what exactly we went for! Just be aware that not everybody would come to your wedding. We’re fully aware of that ever since we decided to have a Destination Wedding. One of my fiance’s brothers and his wife can’t come because just the timing won’t work for them. Also kiddos won’t come because of the schools. I realized more and more that it’s impossible to please everyone. So if you have a reason to have a Destination Wedding in the Carribean whether that’s because it’s a special place for you and your fiance or you simply adore the place, then I’d say go for it & have a wedding planner to help you. Planning a wedding is already stressful, so I’d avoid adding any extras. If that’s not the case, having a local wedding won’t hurt and still very lovely. I wish we could do it, but it is what it is when you live in overseas. Good luck!!!
Post # 10
Is there a reason why you want the wedding there and can’t just honeymoon there?
Post # 11
I voted local, thinking of your guests. DWs are very costly for guests, and take vacation time some of them might prefer to use elsewhere, or at another time.
Enjoy your honeymoon there!! 🙂
Post # 12
A few things to keep in mind:
-DW are expensive for your guests
-DW require a lot of time off for your guests
-DW in caribbean could be in zika areas, and youd be asking friends & fam to make a really shitty choice
Post # 13
I’m having a Destination Wedding. We are doing destination because our families would have to travel anyway. We live in NYC but his family is from other states. My immediate family is in NYC as I was born and raised here but the rest of my family lives in the South. So being that most of our guests would have to travel and my family likes to travel we decided to do destination.
Regarding getting your dream wedding, you can definitely have that in the Caribbean. I chose a package to start with and then made several upgrades and add-ons to customize it.
Just weight the pros and cons to make your decision. Good Luck!
Post # 14
I would be more concerned about the attendance of VIPs. If they couldn’t make a destination wedding, it would be a hard no for me.
If they can make it or you don’t particularly care, go for a destination wedding. I would imagine that a Destination Wedding can be just as custom as a local wedding, you just might require the help of a planner.
Post # 15
It’s not a Destination Wedding if it’s local to the couple or one of their families. I don’t buy the excuse that people would have to travel anyway, certainly not for a multi day event at a non-domestic location. When the wedding is convenient to no one it almost always puts venue ahead of people. It requires unreasonable financial ecpense and asks people to take your vacation instead of one they would have planned instead.
The exception might be a close knit immediate family that plans something like this together or an eloping couple. Otherwise, DWs are rarely considerate to guests.
In your place I’d get married at home and take a Caribbean honeymoon. If you can’t afford to do both, downsize the wedding or delay or scale down the honeymoon.
Before anyone chimes in to say no one is obligated to attend a Destination Wedding, I think that is short sighted. Weddings are once in a lifetime, hopefully. Many people will sacrifice beyond what is reasonable to be there.