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#1 ladyp77

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    Posted 09 October 2014 - 06:14 PM


    I've been engaged for six weeks today (I can't even believe it)! We know for sure we want a destination wedding but I have no idea where to start. City Hall is looking kind of good these days ;-)  Any help advice…recommendations would be sooo appreciated.

    #2 cfinkenbine

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    Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:05 PM

    That is so exciting, congrats! I would start with finding a travel agent, they are really helpful with assisting in finding a resort. Is there a certain country you are looking at getting married in? (We are getting married at the court house, but still having a symbolic destination wedding!)

    #3 ladyp77

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      Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:11 PM

      Hi! Thank you. Ahh ok that's a great idea. We aren't totally sure just yet. We are thinking a spanish speaking country…possibly Panama..Belize..Mexico? We are also thinking we would definitely get married here and then have a ceremony somewhere to celebrate with family/friends.

      #4 cfinkenbine

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      Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:13 PM

      We are having our destination wedding in Mexico, Riviera Maya to be exact. If you are having a symbolic ceremony, legality won't be an issue…but if you do chose to go to the legal route in a foreign country…make sure you check the requirements. (Mexico for example has a lot of requirements to get married legally there.) There are a lot of great resorts in Mexico! Are you wanting to get married at a resort? And do you have a date set??

      #5 TammyWright


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      Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:42 PM

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      #6 puravida2015

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      Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:55 PM

      Congrats to you and welcome!!! There are lots of beautiful places to chose from. I would probably pick your top 3 locations and then work with a travel agent to help you find something that you're looking for.

      #7 AllieH

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      Posted 10 October 2014 - 03:43 AM

      welcome to BDW! We also did the courthouse wedding (just the legal stuff) and then a symbolic ceremony at our DW. Our friends & family didn't know that we were legally married prior to the ceremony. No big deal! 


      Finding a travel agent who is familiar with destination weddings is the best piece of advice to get you started. Then you'll want to get an idea of how many guests you might have so your TA can help find a resort that can accommodate the group (especially if you have a larger party!). 


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      #8 cometgirl

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      Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:45 AM

      Congratulations! I would definitely suggest finding a travel agent as they are very helpful! I would also say start a new email address account for all wedding related stuff! It then doesnt bombard your regular account!

      #9 PixanPhotography

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        Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:38 AM

        Dear ladyp77,


        Welcome Welcome Welcome!! You have come to the right place for information. This forum has tonnes..


        And Congratulations on your engagement!!  So exciting.. And the decision to have a DW...brilliant!


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        Enjoy your planning..happy times. 


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        #10 beckys98

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        Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

        Congratulations! About 6 weeks in I, too, was strongly leaning toward eloping or doing the courthouse. My fiance actually talked me out of it just because we'll never, ever get our friends and family to go on vacation together again! But, we decided we were doing everything our way - whether that ends up being traditional or not - and within a budget we were comfortable with. It is still a little daunting at times, but once you pick your venue it gets MUCH easier. I promise.


        Happy planning!

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