Everyone in my family and his has questioned why we are having it in Jamaica. "Why can't you have a wedding like your brother?" That is everybodys response. My brother and his wife had a huge wedding in our area. My sister in laws parents paid for the whole reception (200 people) and my parents paid for all the extras. We do not have that luxury and are paying for the whole thing ourselves and our main focus is to get a house. To spend a fortune on a wedding here in NYC would be crazy since we want a house within a year of the wedding. We are sticking by our guns. The close friends and family we want there, will be there. Most of his family isn't coming because of the location. It doesn't seem to bother my fiance. Just stick with the wedding that you and your hubby to be want and focus on that. All the other people that don't like the idea can always look at pictures!
I live in central NJ and totally feel your pain! If we wanted to do our wedding on the beach in NJ and then at a resteraunton the ocean, wewould be spending close to $75,000!!! Being that my FI and I are paying for this ourselves and own our hous, there is no possible way we can afford that! However, so many people cant grasp the concept of a DW. We have gotten so much negative feedback from people. I'm done with getting stressed over it. Whoever doesn't come will def be missing out