Geoff and I have started working on the logistics of our wedding, and I am actually genuinely surprised by how complicated even the details can be!
Originally, we were going to have a summer wedding, since as a teacher that seems to make the most sense for me to get married during a long vacation (and Geoff's schedule is flexible). But, as it turns out, we decided that we wanted a destination wedding -- both to trim down the overall wedding costs for us and to allow us to spend some quality time with our guests who do decide to come -- and that changed everything. We picked out Belize as our desired destination, because we had both loved the island of San Pedro when we visited it a couple of years back. We checked airfare briefly and it costs about $500 to $600 to fly roundtrip from the States, so it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility for our friends who may wish to come, but at the same time would help to keep the wedding small and intimate. Plus, having the wedding in Belize opens up the slim possibility that our Salvadoran friends (who don't make American wages) might be able to fly/bus in as well to come to our wedding.
But, the decision to have a destination wedding in Belize changed everything because we cannot get married during the summer months (June - August) in Belize. That's the rainy season, so now we have to get married either during my February break (1 week) or my Easter break (2 weeks). We have not totally made up our minds yet as to which time frame is better in 2013 (since February is too hectic for us in terms of traveling from and back to Europe, and April is possibly more expensive for our guests because Holy Week is a popular Latin American holiday), but Geoff and I contacted a wedding planner and took a trip to Belize this past week (during my very short February break) to look at some potential venues and to meet our destination wedding planner.
Whew. I've never been one to dream of a perfect wedding (I think the most romantic part is to marry someone you have already been with for a number of years...), so to me the wedding-day logistics actually aren't so important as making the schedule and the cost feasible for our guests. Geoff and I looked at a variety of venues and resorts, some very posh and some that are more casual. (Geoff likes the posh resorts, because he thinks that people who are paying to fly to Belize will expect a certain level of luxury, but I prefer the more casual locations that have a more authentic island feel.) Even though many of our guests might opt to stay at hostels -- and San Pedro has some truly lovely ocean-view hotels/hostels that are reasonably priced and centrally located -- we wanted to give our friends an option of staying in our close vicinity, at the same resort, if that's what they choose to do. After visiting places with our wedding planner, we still have not decided anything -- not a date nor a venue, because we are waiting to hear back about group room rates and also whether we can block entire sections for our wedding guests. But we are very excited! During our short second trip to Belize, we had such a great and relaxing time in this tropical paradise that it absolutely affirmed our decision to get married there. Everything just felt perfect this second time back; we think that our guests will have a blast with all of the natural loveliness that Belize has to offer.
So, consider this a teaser! I am nervous that it's not all going to work out, but we're super excited that it could be completely amazing. :)
PS. Here is the link to our wedding planner's blog. She has some amazing photos of past weddings, that give you a feel of the raw beauty of San Pedro!