(Closed) Why a DW?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We both always wanted to get married on a beach in the tropics, and neither of us wanted a huge wedding. We’re expecting about 22-25 people for ours next june

Post # 4
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

well my family is in london and fi’s is in mexico (where we live), so one set was already going to have to travel

we decided on cancun as monterrey (where i live) isnt particularly safe or fun for tourists. also, local weddings tend to be massive where you invite everyone you know…and i really didnt want this

Post # 5
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not having a tropical, overseas destination wedding; I’m having a domestic destination wedding in New Orleans. For us it came down to the fact that the vast majority of our guest list would have to travel no matter where we had it. Only 13 out of 117 people on our guest list live in our state, and none of our close family do. New Orleans is a relatively short flight (or feasible drive) for a lot of our guests and we just thought we and everyone else would have more fun there. Plus, it’s beautiful, there are wonderful venues, music options, etc. And we can have a parade, cause that’s what they do there. Smile

If most of our folks lived near us, we would not have chosen a destination wedding.

Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It  was the only option. There was no location which more than 10-20% of our guests would consider “local” (within 2 hour drive). So we chose the location that was the most convenient for as many of our guests as possible. Which means its a Destination Wedding for us (to our home towns) and for 80-90% of the guest list.

Post # 7
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We wanted a Destination Wedding because being on the coast was pretty important to both of us, and there was no way that we were going to be close to everyone in terms of distance…so we made it a halfway point for everyone. 

Post # 8
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My Fiance and I want a tiny Destination Wedding because we’d rather spend our $$ on a luxury vacation than on 1 big party at home.

Post # 9
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If I got married locally, I would’ve gotten saddled into inviting my extended family, who I never see but always come to weddings. I’m relatively sure that, if I somehow didn’t invite them, they would find a way to show up anyway. Plus we both love the beach. Double win.

Post # 10
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We priced a local wedding and it was adding up to around 30-40K and that just seemed crazy to us.  We had been on a cruise the January before we got engaged and loved it, so it just made sence to us.  We are paying for all of our bridal party to go on the cruise and having about 60 non-sailing guest attend the wedding.  We will have around 25 people actualy go on the cruise. In the end it will probably cost us around 15K total and that includes everything!!!! It came down to 30K for a four hour party or 15K for a five day vacation with the most important people in our lives.

Post # 12
8359 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Mostly because our respective families are on opposite sides of the country and we have a lot of family and friends who live overseas. But another major fator for us was price. We could spend bucketload of money on an over priced wedding in our home city for all and sundry and spend an average of 5mins with each guest or we could host our nearest and dearest at a Destination Wedding for a week and get to spend quality time with our guests.

Post # 13
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@kay01: With a cruise wedding if you get married during embarkation you can have people come on the ship for the ceremony and reception but leave after and not sail with you. Those are considered non-sailing guests.

Post # 15
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

For many reasons:

– we didn’t want to think about the details to organize… a simple resort wedding was ideal for us, once we got there, it took 1 hour to decide on flowers, menu, music, transportation, etc. It was great

– it was cheaper… We love to travel so the cost of the trip was not an issue.. The wedding was free, included in the cost of the trip.. All we had to pay for was the JOP, our rings, our clothes and fees for legal documents translation back home.

– we wanted a very small wedding… just us and our parents. We invited everyone, knowing our parents would come and anyone else who decided to attend would be a bonus. We ended up having 14 guests and it was perfect.

– we wanted to spend quality time with people who are important to us, not just 5 minutes in the evening and running around to make sure we thanked everyone… We got to enjoy a special vacation with everyone who came and made time for each of them.

– so in 4 words: easy, cheap, fun, intimate

Post # 16
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a destination elopement.


Well we LOVE to travel and we decided NOT to go anywhere that we could easily get to with any old weekend.  So that ruled out anything withint a 5-6 hour drive. 


We really wanted a spectacular mountain backdrop for our ceremony.  While we love in the mountains here, we wanted something really grand.  In fact it was our #1 priority.

Then we thought of places we’d always wanted to visit and could plan relatively last minute and drive to.  That’s how we came up with our Canadian Rockies elopement/weddingmoon.

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