(Closed) Would you GO to a destination wedding…. (must fly)?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: If you were from MD(area), would you go to a destination wedding in the Bahamas/Caribbean/Florida?
    Nope. Can't afford to pay that much to attend a wedding : (7 votes)
    5 %
    Nope. Wouldn't want to take the time off work/school to attend a wedding : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Only if I'm a CLOSE friend/family member : (56 votes)
    41 %
    Only if I'm in the wedding party : (6 votes)
    4 %
    Yes, awesome excuse for a vacation! : (21 votes)
    16 %
    Probably not, but I might try. Depends. : (8 votes)
    6 %
    Probably, but your gift will suffer for making me fly somewhere and stay in a hotel! : (4 votes)
    3 %
    Maybe. It would depend on work/other plans : (6 votes)
    4 %
    Only if it's in Florida (cheaper flights and hotels) : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I would as long as I could afford it 🙂

    ETA: And it would have to be a fairly close friend/family member as well

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Darling Husband is originally from MD (we live overseas) and he’s been to the Bahamas several times….I’ve never been though.  B/c of that, if we were there and assuming we were invited, we’d probably go.  But we don’t kids ATM and we love to travel.  

    We had a Destination Wedding in Vegas and most everyone that had never been there came to our wedding. So I DO think that’s a big factor.  Another factor for your guests would be how much time they could get off to go to the Destination Wedding….ours only took 2-3 days off and stayed the weekend.  

    Another big factor would money…most of his family there are having a hard time financially….for the first time in their lives so they were freaking out about going to our Destination Wedding when they couldn’t pay their bills.  We paid for a couple of rooms, dinners, one flight, etc. just so they couldn’t use it as an excuse not to go.  We invited 90 people (most in MD) and had 23 people attend (7 lived in Vegas.)

    If you have your guest list, I’d seriously look at who would definitely go vs. who might not and then decide if you still want to go that route.  DH was extremely disappointed that ALL of his childhood friends didn’t come….he attended all their weddings but then again, they were all local.  And since none of his buddies are single they couldn’t justify a “trip” with their wives and kids b/c of finances.  It’s caused Darling Husband to seriously re-evaluate his friendships with these people….and it sucks!

    Post # 5
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    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think having a Destination Wedding means you really need to lower your expectations about people coming. For an immediate family member, I’d attend but other than that I almost certainly wouldn’t. I have limited money and vacation time, so it’s not really feasible to use it on someone else’s wedding. Attending a Destination Wedding is a lot to ask of anyone, so I think the couple needs to be aware of that.

    Post # 7
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My sister had a Destination Wedding in Hawaii.  I don’t remember exactly how many people she invited, but I know it was somewhere around 100.  A lot of her friends showed interest and initially said they wouldn’t miss it for anything, but in the end only about 20 people were there – mostly parents, siblings, and grandparents.  No aunts/uncles made it to her wedding, and I think a total of 3 friends made it.  I think for most people, they couldn’t justify the financial aspect as well as the time off from work.

    Post # 8
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    If it was feasible I would go. 

    Post # 9
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    3262 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It wouldn’t have to be a super close friend or family member (so long as I actually like the person and they’re inviting me because they actually want me to come). If I’m available, interested and can afford it…yeah, I’d go. 

    Post # 10
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    47 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I planned a destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera and I sent out something like 60 invites.  I have a total of 29 adults coming and 4 little girls! That includes fiancé, daughter, and myself. 

    Post # 11
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    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m curious as to why ruling out Mexico? If you want a Destination Wedding it is probably the cheapest option for your guests. It wasn’t our first choice either but we had to take the price for guests into consideration.

    Post # 12
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Hey hey, Spirit airlines has direct flights to many islands in the Caribbean from BWI- I’d look into that if I were you. They’re pretty cheap flights too (like $150).

    I would only go to the Caribbean if it was a sibling or if I was in the wedding. I’m not a fan of island vacations and much prefer vacations to Europe or Asia instead, so it wouldn’t be my cup of tea.

    Post # 13
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    3585 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    I have no interest in visting the vacation spots you mention, so I wouldn’t come.

    I don’t spend my own money and vacation days from work for someone else vacation (wedding.)

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would only go if it was an immediate family member or a really close friend. I think September is hurricane season so that would kind of make me nervous too lol.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Darling Husband and I would be all over a caribbean Destination Wedding. Would depend on our realtionship with the couple, time of year, cost, etc. I’m guessing you might have 15-20. Have you thought about a cruise?

    If you stay in MD- try looking at Fridays- a lot more opened up to us when we did.

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