Picking a wedding location is not easy, it takes a lot of time and consideration. You have to consider what works best for everyone going, what your budget is going to be, as well as what your expectations are! It all seems easy, but its really not!
Kyle and I got engaged in late December and started planning our dream wedding right away for the February 2017. I can say it was an easy deccision for us. We both knew right away having a wedding in Smithers was not really something we wanted. We knew we would have over 300 guests, most we didn’t really know that well, and thats not how we pictured our dream wedding. We also knew that the locations here didn’t really fit the picture we had imagined. Palm trees, white sand, and the beach is what we had in mind! We started to brainstorm different options, destinations and what we wanted out of our wedding.
After scratching out a wedding at home and deciding destination was what we wanted, it took us no time at all to think of the perfect location. We both had taken a trip to the exact spot a few month prior and knew right away it would be a huge contender for where we would say; I do. Though we had a perfect spot in mind we still spent a lot of time researching different options and places! We wanted to make sure we made the right decisions and had no regrets.
As many of you know there are a lot of pretty places with nice beaches in the world and picking one spot is hard. What helped us decide was we made a list and sat down to decided the pros and cons of each one. We picked our top four and went from there.
Bora Bora for example was one we both really wanted. It has amazing beaches, over the water bungalows, and how beautiful would it be to have a wedding there! However, we both knew nobody but us would be there due to the price. We both knew we had people we may want to be there and that wouldn’t work at the high price and long flight that comes with this location!
Bahamas was another one we spent a lot of time on. I had been there before and remember the beaches being amazing as well as the water would make an incredible back drop! More people could afford this one but not everyone so we had to consider that too. We also knew it was a far flight and that wasn’t really what we had envisioned, so out went that pick!
Mexico and Hawaii were the last two on our list, and the two we knew could work. They both have great hotels, beautiful water, and pretty much the same in those aspects! Mexico did have it’s pluses when coming to the fact they have all-inclusive hotels, and for some thats a cheaper option at times for food. I had a lot of trouble with the thought of Mexico because it scared me that I had never been there before and have heard some scary things! I felt for our wedding I needed somewhere I felt comfortable and I didn’t feel that with Mexico. Don’t get me wrong I’ll go one day, but not for something that needs to be perfect,Mexico wasn’t the right fit!
We did go back and forth for a long time but in the end, Hawaii was our spot! We already had it paged as the spot we wanted in the beginning but we needed to make sure by looking at all the options! Also we had a special meaning there due to it being our first vacation we took together! It was a spot I felt comfortable, we knew we’d like, and should have just picked from the start. We did a lot of research before finally picking a hotel in Hawaii . We wanted to see what was out there for wedding options, location, and prices.
The Location we finally agreed was perfect for us is the Fairmont Orchid Kona Hawaii. We did not pick the cheapest hotel by any means but it worked for us! We had taken our first trip together here at the hotel so we knew it had meaning and was a gorgeous location! We were familiar with the area and the different options for our guests. It’s also secluded enough that you feel relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.
The countdown is on as we have the last few months of planning before the big day! We are happy with the choice we made on location, hotel and how great it is to have a destination wedding! We both agree there is no better way to do it. We would love to answer any of your questions along the way if you need help finding what works for you!