St. Thomas is beautiful! I got my engagement ring in St. Thomas.
I haven't been to Punta Cana but I've heard rave reviews. We were actually looking at Dreams to have our wedding, but decided on the Palace resorts.
What type of reception are you ladies doing. I can't make up my mind if I want to do an informal outdoor reception or a more formal sit-down dinner inside. I'm thinking I would really like to do the outdoor with mariachi band, dj and buffet dinner with tables and lounge areas.
I definitely want to do a photo booth with props!
We are having a DW on the beach in Maui with a semi formal reception at a golf course restaurant overlooking the beach/cliff side. The ceremony will be very informal as you can not have chairs on HI beaches.
I'm from Savannah, Georgia, but my fiance and I just moved to Michigan. So, TECHNICALLY it is a destination wedding. We found a great place that is all inclusive. In retrospect, it probably ended up costing more than if I found independent vendors myself. But honestly, the time and effort it will save me in trying to plan each specific detail from so far away is worth the difference in price to me. I like knowing that everything will be taken care of.
We live in WI and after the stress....bridal party lies...people wanting to add on extra people we changed our mind to VEGAS (cheesy i know) but I cannot wait. Vegas Weddings will be doing everything for us and The Palazzo gave us a really sweet deal!!
St. Lucia. Not all inclusive, but some of our guests are staying at nearby all-inclusives. The best deal, though, seems to be a group rental of one of the gorgeous villas on VRBO.com.
The Palace Resorts in Cancun Mexico and Riviera Mexico have all-inclusive resorts and do weddings and Sandals resorts has wedding options that looked AMAZING! Sandals Resorts are all-inclusive...the weddings are 'Martha Stewart' done weddings...order a catalog...I was kind of jealous I didn't get that before I started planning my wedding.
My wedding is at the Cove Palace in the Riviera Mexico but we are staying at the Spa Palace. Cove is for families and the Spa is adult-only. The resorts are side by side. We figured this is best for everyone. Their wedding packages are beautiful. I chose the Emerald package. To be honest I chose the resort because of the wedding package!
We are having a DW in san juan. it is not a package / all inclusive though. . . long distance planning with people on 'island time' has definitely been a challenge... but we are getting there bit by bit! ;o)
Tammy we are wedding date buddies. We are doing a sit down dinner reception our venue has both and indoor area and a terrace right off the beach so the guests can be both indoors and outdoors. we are still having a more traditional reception with a DJ even though we will only have about 40 people
Getting married in Italy. Not all inclusive. I am going in October to meet with florist, taste my menu, and look into photographers and entertainment. I am working with a wedding planner so it's not so bad.
We had our wedding at Sandals Montgeo Bay and the resort is all inclusive. We had a cocktail reception . The pre-planning was a bit of a challege but once we got to the resort the wedding planners on site were great to work with. A destination wedding was the best decision we could have ever made. I have no regrets! If you have any questions just PM me.
We're getting married in Costa Rica. We are going with an all-inclusive. Some of my friends are just coming to the resort the day of the wedding and paying a daily 'resort fee'. I was going to go with the resort wedding package..a lot cheaper. But I decided I would rather spend an extra few grand and get something unique that represents us a bit better. I found a wedding planner online and talked to a few brides who have worked with them and so far it has been great.
I went to a wedding in Mexico, Playa Del Carmen. It was GORGEOUS. So relaxed and beautiful...what an amazing week. There were only 10 of us. They were the reason we chose to do a DW. It will be our first out of country vaca as a couple too. SO PUMPED!!
We sort of did a DW. We live near DC, but at the time, none of the local jurisdictions had same-sex marriage, so we were married in Massachusetts. We didn't use an all inclusive. However, the wedding was tiny (only a dozen guests). The reception was a luncheon in the private dining room of a restaurant, with no music, dancing, special decorations, or even wedding cake. Thus, the only vendors we had to deal with in our ceremony area were marriage license bureau, court (for waiver of the waiting period), hair and make-up person, officiant, ceremony venue, photographer, florist, restaurant, and overnight accommodations.