Overwhelmed...where do you even begin?
Posted 13 June 2009 - 07:57 PM
I just noticed that there is a specific forum designated to venting (chit chat corner) that I couldn't find last night when wanting so desperately to vent (to post)...sorry...apologies...
Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:23 PM
I, too, was feeling a little overwhelmed - mostly about budget. In fact, I took a look at a thread here about budgets and nearly fell over in my chair at the unrealistic expectations I had.
Jen, your advice was fantastic. I took it very much to heart. Thank you!
Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:48 AM
1. Civil or symbolic ceremony - look into the requirements
2. Adults only resort or family resort.
3. Ceremony location - beach, terrace, gazebo, church
4. Resort size and type - small & intimate or large & spread out, All inclusive? a la carte, buffet, reservations
5. Wedding pkg price/Reception options - location, menus
6. Activities, beach, available tours/excursions
Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:06 PM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:48 PM
1) start with a guest list of people you would like to be able to invite so you can give a rough estimate to vendors (doesn't mean you will actually invite them, but write it down on paper to get a sense of your numbers).
2) determine your budget; know how much you want to spend right off the bat so that when you are gathering information, you will already know if something is out of your price range or not.
As for which DW to choose, I am honestly just doing a lot of google, and a lot of travel magazines, particularly DW magazines. Carribean vendors are definately vague and slow at responding to you and I have definately been stressed out and know your feelings exactly. For me, I have to literally pry myself from the cpu and just go do a workout so I dont' forget about the rest of my life.
Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:11 PM
Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:27 PM
1) Write down your priorities. White sand beach? Rainforest? Travel time? Flight budget? Weather restrictions? Accomodation type?
2) Once you have your priorities find a location that offers the surroundings you want (beach, rainforest, etc). Browing TripAdvisors/Trip Ideas is a great way to start. Do some flight searches for locations within your flight budget & times. I've found that most airlines reduce their flight prices for vacation locations 6 weeks from departure, so run your tests in that time range. Now you have your location.
3) Resort vs boutique accomodations. If you want a resort contact a TA. There are a lot of good ones on this site. If you want boutique travel it may be best to schedule a site visit in the carribean. PR is not the same when you get out of the US. You can save months of angst by visiting a location for a week.
Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:30 PM
Good luck and dont get stressed. (I should take my own advise) It should be fun.
Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:35 PM
This site has probably been the most help to me... to be honest! Looking at other brides pics & experience has really helped me decide on a lot of things!
Hope this helps!
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