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#1 amanda2016

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  • Wedding Date:September 9, 2016
  • Wedding Location:St. Lucia
  • LocationOntario Canada

Posted 18 March 2015 - 05:59 AM

What was the first thing you did when  you started planning you destination wedding. Other than your guest list.. I am so lost. I know what colors I would like and have narrowed down the resort but what now? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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#2 racht33

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    Posted 18 March 2015 - 06:51 AM

    @amanda2016 welcome to the BDW and congrats!!! I would suggest to get in contact with a TA. and advise them the resort you are looking into . So the TA can work out room blocks etc.  From there you should be able to lock in a date and receive all the information for the wedding from the resort. This way you have a date and can work on sending out Save the Dates if you wish. I suggest maybe making a website with all the information; TA contact info, resort, prices, wedding party etc.Just makes it easier for your guest to get their hands on everything versus calling and emailing you and your TA . I hope this gets you moving! You've come to great place to get the most information possible. All the brides here are amazing!! Good Luck!

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    #3 TinkerSofi

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    • Wedding Date:August 13, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Azul Fives Playa del Carmen
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    Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:12 AM

    He previous pos has really good suggestions. After picking the resort I booked our photographer and videographer (once we had a date). Then. I think for me it was thinking about invitations and getting those done. Then I bought my dress and then I started thinking about decor, timeline and things I wanted to do during the reception

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    #4 IzzyDeee

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    • Wedding Date:May 6, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Riu Montego Bay Jamaica
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    Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:40 AM

    For my when I started planning my DW I booked the hotel and picked the dates through a travel advisor. I knew I wanted to get married in Jamaica, and my future sister in law got married there 2 years ago now; we used the same TA she did since she got such great deals and my Mother/Father in law have used her quite a bit also.
    So with that our hotel was booked as well as flights! We got a group rate since it was a wedding and after so many guests you could get a complimentary trip! So we ended up with 3 free trips!! We then asked our TA to look into places for our honeymoon with prices . Which we decided on the iberostar grand rose hall in Jamaica, it will be fantastic!
    I then got into contact with the wedding coordinator at my hotel to inform her of the date and location as well as time that I want to definitely book for the ceremony.
    So with that all taken care of I focused on my invitations since everyone needs lots of time to book since the group rate had a deadline! With that done (a year and a half before the actual wedding date!) I went wedding dress shopping and bridesmaid dress shopping. We also had a destination wedding party, party!! I really recommend it, since it helps everyone get to know each other, and allows some of your guests to get to know each other before the week of the wedding!
    I have kept in constant contact with my WC to keep up on costs and to make sure my plaza gazebo and private steakhouse dinner are booked. I also booked my hair appointment 3 months before the wedding date to make sure I had the time I wanted.
    I then found and received my wedding jewellery (full story on my thread!) and my shoes as well as my makeup. I then decided on the hairstyle I was going to do that went well with my dress and jewellery and the over all style of the wedding. I picked my bridesmaids color and dresses almost the same time I picked my own haha! I already knew my wedding color was going to be an eggplant purple since my dress is ivory with gold embroidery!
    Just trying to book my DJ for sure and final decorations

    Word to the wise stay in CONSTANT contact with your WC!! Try to talk once or twice a month for a year before the wedding! Good luck! @amanda2016

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    #5 bride2016

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      Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:47 AM



      I think the first thing we did was decide on which resorts we liked and then we reached out to a travel agent immediately. This is a crucial step because you can drive yourself crazy if you don't have an agent to help ease the decision making process - there are just too many resort options and destinations.


      Once we decided on two resorts (we hadn't picked one yet, but we had two we needed to decide on), we made our Save the dates and we let all of our friends/family know what week we would be traveling. Then we decided on the resort, put our deposit down with the resort so that we could save our wedding date and once we did that we sent out formal invitations.


      Now i'm planning like a crazy lady ;) haha


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