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VistaPrint is amazing. I heard about them through some friends in college, actually (haha, college kids know all the best budgeting stuff... sometimes). 

 

Also, does anyone know anything about planning a wedding with "nontraditional" options? "Have your wedding on a Friday night or a Sunday afternoon. Serve lunch instead of dinner, or just serve hors dâ€oeuvres." via  http://www.marriage.com/blog/advice/planning-a-wedding-on-a-budget/

 

Is this even feasible for destination weddings??

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I love this thread! My sister-in-law bought her wedding dress from Goodwill, and I'm buying mine from ebay. That's all I've got right now, but I'll be sure to add more as it comes.

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Frugal help, please. I am getting married at a private villa in Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Most of the brides who will be getting married at the villa that I am are getting packages at all-inclusive resorts for them and their guests. I understand that. Some of the AI packages are very cost-savings. Here is where I am having problems.

 

Many of these resorts have free weddings that include a free bouqet and boutonniere, free rehearsal dinners (it's an all inclusive, right?) and upgraded rooms for the bride and groom, but only if you have your free wedding there. Well, why am I not entitled to all of this free stuff because I am not having my free wedding there? Isn't the idea to have your free wedding there to get lots of rooms booked. Well, I am booking as many rooms as I would if I were having a free wedding and (giving them as many guests) and don't require all of their other services. Anyone else understand from where I am coming? Any suggestions? Previous experience?

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That's true.. I was thinking about doing something like that but I also want to be able to get to the resort and RELAX, instead of running around and worrying about things.  We'll see!  Thanks for the ideas everyone this thread is really helpful!
 

Originally Posted by Brenners View Post

JBailey - if there is a Wal-Mart or something similar nearby where you can buy some items then you don't have to ship them or carry them down yourself.  I know other brides have done this before with great success.
 



 



 

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Atalanta, are you saying that you are getting married at a different villa from the one where you are staying?  Are all of your guests staying at the same resort as you?  If so, then I would ask if you could get some of those free upgrades since you are booking x number of rooms at their resort and providing them with those customers.  Or am I understanding the question wrong??
 

Originally Posted by atalanta View Post

Frugal help, please. I am getting married at a private villa in Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Most of the brides who will be getting married at the villa that I am are getting packages at all-inclusive resorts for them and their guests. I understand that. Some of the AI packages are very cost-savings. Here is where I am having problems.

 

Many of these resorts have free weddings that include a free bouqet and boutonniere, free rehearsal dinners (it's an all inclusive, right?) and upgraded rooms for the bride and groom, but only if you have your free wedding there. Well, why am I not entitled to all of this free stuff because I am not having my free wedding there? Isn't the idea to have your free wedding there to get lots of rooms booked. Well, I am booking as many rooms as I would if I were having a free wedding and (giving them as many guests) and don't require all of their other services. Anyone else understand from where I am coming? Any suggestions? Previous experience?



 

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I have also seen other brides coordinate with one another on here if they are getting married at the same resort around the same time.  Meaning, they split the cost of the items, the first bride uses them first and then the second bride is there the following week or so and then uses them herself.  So cost of the materials/goods/whatever and the cost of shipping or hauling them down there is all shared between the two brides. 
 

Originally Posted by jbailey3183 View Post

That's true.. I was thinking about doing something like that but I also want to be able to get to the resort and RELAX, instead of running around and worrying about things.  We'll see!  Thanks for the ideas everyone this thread is really helpful!
 



 



 

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Hi Brenners,

 

Yes, I am getting married at a villa, which does not hosts overnight guests outside the wedding. I'm hoping most of my guests will stay at the same resort as me. I've been trying to contact group sales at the resorts, but they won't let me talk with anyone but the wedding coordinator. The wedding coordinator won't call me back. Grrrrr! The manager says she is coordinating other bride's weddings.

 

I've also talked to other brides and they have not been able to get any of the same deals the other resort brides are getting. If I only Icould only talk to someone....
 

Originally Posted by Brenners View Post

Atalanta, are you saying that you are getting married at a different villa from the one where you are staying?  Are all of your guests staying at the same resort as you?  If so, then I would ask if you could get some of those free upgrades since you are booking x number of rooms at their resort and providing them with those customers.  Or am I understanding the question wrong??
 



 



 

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