Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Destination Wedding?

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Has anyone had a destination wedding? I've been thinking about having one.

Now before you get all in a tizzy, the man and I eloped and didn't have a "traditional" wedding, and we'd like to renew our vows. I want to do the whole traditional white wedding, but he has refused. Flat out refused. We actually fought about it the other night, and it was awful.

We have been married almost 10 years, and together for almost 11, and I just want to do something special for us. So this morning we were talking, and I asked him what he would like to do when we renew our vows. He said he would like to do a destination wedding, and mentioned Florida. Only immediate family, and anyone else who feels like flying out there and can afford it (a lot of my family actually).

I have to admit, I am intrigued. Though I am struggling with giving up the whole fancy princess dress, reception thing. At the time we got married, I didn't really care about giving that up, because we had already said we would do a "real" wedding one day. Now he is balking at that idea and wants to do something more creative. I don't regret eloping, but still wish we had done things a little differently, or been able to do a vow renewal sooner or something.

I googled "Florida Destination Weddings" and came up with a few neat sites. FloridaWeddings charges only $2300 for "The Ultimate Dream". Not too bad at all! They provide all the photos, an officiant, flowers, video, music, a consultant and a marriage certificate if you need one. We wouldn't as this would be a vow renewal. And if you wanted additional decor items, they provide them too for an extra cost. I actually really like this package!

But we won't be able to do this for awhile, and my hubby wants to do it for our 15th anniversary. I don't want to wait that long, but I suppose it would be best and we could do it for a milestone anniversary. It really isn't that far away anyway, I mean we've already been married almost 10 years and that has flown by. And we'd do it the summer before our 15th, so really, only 4.5 years away! He thought that we could go on a cruise after wards for our honeymoon. Doesn't that sound like fun?

But what do you wear to a Beach wedding? I still want the traditional type gown, but need something more suitable for the beach. I know its very early to plan, but it is fun to dream about it, right?


Andrea said...

Great article. Brides, see www.creative-theme-wedding-ideas.com
for other theme wedding ideas

The DeMarcus Family said...

I had a destination wedding in Jamaica. We went to a Sandals resort and got such a great deal. We had 10 people come for the wedding and they stayed 5 nights with us. Everything was all inclusive including the FREE wedding if you stayed 7 nights.
Air fare, hotel, all inclusive wedding, cake, flowers, and 5 course meal for my wedding party was 1,200 per person.. can't beat that. Here is a picture of what we wore. It was romantic, beautiful, stressfree, and I would not have done it any other way!
Good luck

Jessica - This Is Worthwhile said...

You can do a "destination" wedding pretty much anywhere where all the guests can stay for several days together.

Technically, I had a destination wedding at a resort outside of Austin. All my guests were on site with me and we had activities planned for them, etc.

Anyway, point being it doesn't always have to be states away. It could be a long drive away, too.