Why AI or non-AI?
Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:21 PM
I have never stayed at an AI resort. I'm a more indepedent type traveler. I really like smaller properties, and love to explore local choices for eating. When I've looked into it AIs also seem very expensive. I know it includes all your food and drink, and maybe is great if you're a big drinker? I, however, have found I can plan a much less expensive trip by staying at a non-AI. I also try to be environmentally and socially conscious, and feel it is easy to find a small, independent resort that is in line with that.
I'm interested in selecting a smaller, non-AI resort for my wedding, but am wondering if there is some benefit to AIs that I am overlooking. I know my honey and I prefer the ambience of a smaller property, but I also want to take the needs of my guests into account. The wedding will be small but we do want some family members and close friends to be able to join us. I like the flexibilty a small property might offer, one which doesn't require all guests to stay at that resort. I think it would be nice for guests to be able to choose a property that they like and is in line with their budget (of course they'd all be welcome to stay where we are if that is what they want). But am I missing something? Do you think some folks are just more comfortable with international travel if they book in to a big international AI chain resort with name recognition? Would they have safety concerns about leaving the resort? I really want the best possible experience for those who are joining us.
Sorry if I've rambled on a bit, basically I'd love to hear your views. Why did you choose what you chose?
Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:24 PM
If a non-AI is more in line with you and your FI's style, then I say do it. Definitely take into consideration the effect this will have on your guests though, but it looks like you have. I think planning events, meals, etc. may be more difficult if you're not at an AI, but it sounds like this is something you enjoy doing, so if you're up for it, go for it!
Although you seem like you're pretty knowledgeable with international travel, I'd say just do your research about the resort and surrounding area before you decide anything. I'd bet there are places that are safer and easier to plan the kind of wedding that you're thinking about than others.
Can't wait to hear what you end up doing. Sounds like you could whip up something extremely unique and fun for your guests!
Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:42 PM
We chose not to do AI cause we really don't like touristy stuff. We've traveled the world and don't care for resorts or anything like that. We love backpacking through Africa, and eating local food, and staying away from real tourist stuff. But i think you should do whatever you and FI prefer.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 12:01 PM
Posted 02 April 2009 - 09:26 PM
I chose a small resort on St. Thomas, USVI, for my wedding. It's a very small, tourist-safe island that offers something for everyone.
Have fun planning and drooling over all the possibilities. Each one will look more beautiful than the next.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:39 PM
However, this wedding is serving as a vacation for more than just me and my lovey.
We've chosen to go the AI route because it makes everything fool-proof and stress free for all of our guests.
And not to mention stress free for me. I like the thought of my guests not having to reach for their wallets at every turn.
Posted 07 April 2009 - 12:44 PM
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