(Closed) Where do you even began to plan a destination wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I grew up in Florida and I cannot tell you how many birthday parties I had to reschedule growing up because of hurricanes (I was born in September). August and September are peak months.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The biggies – Location, budget.

Hurricane season – that one was tricky and we didn’t want to have to worry about it, so we did Jamaica in December. I would NOT plan anything during July-November. We lucked out that we had excellent weather! Good luck to you!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You’re on the right path:

First, location; then decide if you want to plan everything yourself or if you want a preset package, this will help you choose a specific hotel. Ours was a specific package, and they sent us a checklist of additional options that we could choose to have and pay for… It was very, very easy!

Also, depending on your location, you might not have a lot of choice for the date… For example, in the Dominican, there are like, two officiants to perform weddings. So they advise you to send a request first to see when he can marry you, and then book your trip. So it’s good to plan in advance to get the dates you want – we got it.

January/February was very beautiful and warm weather..

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had a destination wedding and the first thing I did was research my butt off. I sit in front of a computer all day long so I did internet research of every possible venue I could along with a few phone calls, then made a spreadsheet of all my top 5 choices and what they included. So many different options to choose from so it’s just a matter of what YOU want versus what your budget will allow.

 

Once I compiled my spreadsheet of what each venue offered, it was easy to see what was the best deal for your money.

 

I told my guests about our wedding as soon as we chose a venue, sent a deposit and set the date. We sent out save the dates in November for our May Destination Wedding… then invites in late February.

 

Good luck girl!

Post # 9
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Newbee

Consider a destination wedding via a Carnival cruise. When researching prices, we found that a cruise was cheaper than airline tickets, lodging, and wedding expenses. This put less of a burden on some of the family that wanted to attend. My daughter got married at our Key West stop. It happened to be the same day as the Captain’s reception so we had the wedding on land, and then celebrated again all dressed up that night at the Captain’s dinner. It was 5 days of pure fun!! A great thing about cruising with family is (take this the bride and groom way) … you can see everyone as much or as little as you want to. 🙂   She thought they would have about 15-20 immmediate family come. We ended up with 56! The family with children really lucked out as Carnival’s kids camp program keeps them busy all day long until about 10 pm. The kids probably had even more fun than the adults (if that was possible!)  We are all about destination weddings. My daughter is now helping one of her best friends plan their destination wedding.

Good luck! Just don’t “buy” a package right away without doing your research if money is an issue. You can do it and save money at the same time. Our one week destination wedding will definitely cost less than our next daughter’s at-home September wedding.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Well, we’re doing a destination wedding and it seemed overwhelming at first, but once I narrowed down a location it got much easier.

So the first step is to decide where you want to get married. Try thinking of a place that is sentimental to you and your fiance.

2) Research resorts (This took me FOREVER! Do you want all inclusive or no? Kids or not? What kind of ammenities are you looking for? All of that should be considered when searching for a place to get married.

3) Decide if you want a wedding planner. I found out that they are not really necessasry for an island wedding unless you are the kind of bride that wants things her way, always.

4) Hire a travel agent. This will be the best way you will get amazing prices and deals for your guests.

5) Send out Save-The-Date Cards at least one year in advance. I did my own and will be sending those out late next month. I’m sending a letter to give my guests a little more information.

I found a lot of info on this site as well as best destination wedding forum.

These online sites are really helpful when it comes to planning your wedding.

Good luck!

 

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