(Closed) Wedding Gawkers!? NO THANK YOU!!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m not sure how you would go about this, but I’m pretty sure it’s possible. My Future Sister-In-Law and her Darling Husband got married in Puerto Rico, and I’m fairly certain that it was just them and whoever they chose. At first, from the title I thought you meant the website weddginggawker and I was all, “nooooooo…..!” I <3 that website 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

 I haven’t been to a wedding at a resort. However I know some resorts have small private beaches, and they probably could book it for your wedding and you should ask them when booking and look at previous weddings. Last year I went to a wedding at this beautiful hotel, however a couple of bushes separated us from the pool area and we could hear pounding music, guest speaking next door during the ceremony and it so distracting. I felt so bad for the bride and the groom. I completely agree the last thing you want is strangers mulling around and I guarantee you some people aren’t going to be polite and will mess up your pictures.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Mrs.GreenEyes:  im not sure how successful you will be.  even if the resort has a private area it wont be totally private as people will probably be eyeing you from afar.  in my dw hunt, i saw this thing in puerto vallarta where they take you on a boat to a nearby island which is pretty secluded.  i cant recall the name of the company tho.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

At least in Florida, all beach front property starting from the water to 50 feet up the beach is public property. That means that you can’t rope off beach, you can’t ask people to move, etc. I think the only way to avoid that is to find a hotel with a private island (still technically public, but no one’s going to swim!) or get married on a dock, as those can be private. I don’t know about Puerto Rico or other states though!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got married on a PUBLIC beach, but it’s not a super-touristy beach, there were only a few other people there (single digiits, as far as we could see in either direction) and they stayed clear of us. It’s good if you can manage to get beach recommendations from the locals.

Also, I got married on a weekday, I think that helps too. Since people were taking off work to travel anyway, it really didn’t matter what day the wedding was on.

Coral Cove Beach, Jupiter FL:

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

when we visited st thomas st johns we found a “private beach”  there were 10 people on the beach included fiance and me. on st johns– st johns is a nature park lots of trails to get to private beach inlets. only problem is it took 45 minute hike to the first inlet where we were and its rugged. so going down there in a dress could be disasterious..  we stayed and wyndham on st thomas- all inclusive resort. they had a roof top ceremony location over looking the water. when we went there were lots of weddings going on .the resort beach,the roof top locations, and on a sail boat they had.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Mrs.GreenEyes:  yes. i loved st thomas- wyndham- it was clean, beautiful- we did all inclusive- so the alcohol and food in their three resturants we free- they had really good food for breakfast- buffet style.  the one thing i didnt like about the island– the aquarium on the island was kinda not what u would expect when u pay over 30 dollars per ticket. it was kinda run down exhibits werent really amazing.

 

if you go to st johns- make sure ur swimsuit is covered at all time when not near the beach- u will get a ticket. lol.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I suspect a big part of it will also depend on the laws where you are looking to get married. Many places do not actually allow a “truly” private beach. Usually, there’s some kind of public access requirement at least up to the high tide point. There are sometimes beach areas though that are pretty much impossible to access other than across private property due to the nature of the shoreline, so you might ask about those types of spots when you’re contacting possible venues.

Another thing you may have to do in order to have a more private ceremony would be to do it in the morning or other odd hours. It’s not ideal, but if you’re flexible, it could protect your privacy.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

Aside from the points that other posters have made, most resorts wont shut down a beach area for one couple (especially if it is just them)- unless they are dropping huge amounts of cash.

Ways around this would be to have a dawn wedding (sunrise) as there is less chance of other guests being around (except for those 5 couples that get up at dawn to bag the good sun loungers!)

Post # 15
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

when we were getting married we were offered many spots on the island (small island, you could walk around it in 10mins) including the owners own private garden that overlooked the ocean – ask the resort what options they can offer and even suggest some and maybe they will say yes

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

i got married at sunset  beach resort and spa in montego bay, Jamaica.  It was a family resort, however, the area of the beach they put us on for the wedding was private as it was small portion of the beach that was guarded by a security guard as it was the topless beach and if you keep going, you reach a fence to cross thru to get into the nude beach. It was not the best part of the beach overall and i had some issues with that and had anyone wanted to come, they would have been turned away by the security guard until the ceremony was over….so it was very private.  There was also a large tree at the back of where the guests sat that provided shade for the guests which they appreciated.  And the actual spot where we stood with the minister under the canopy to get married was in the sun and right in front of the water – that part i really liked.

we did have some strangers watching from the main beach, although they were not in any of our pics nor was i even aware of them during the ceremony as they were quite far off the to side and not close enough to worry about at all. and again, we had the security guard to keep them away, lol.   

then for our receptiom we had a private dinner on a gorgeous terrace and then a bonfire party on the beach – also private.   i was quite impressed about how private and intimate our wedding felt due to the fact that we were at a large family resort and every other part of the resort was buzzing.

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