Few Takers For A Destination Wedding…So The Bride Loses It

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

“At the risk of sounding entitled… I have to vent today.”

Uh oh, this isn’t starting well.

Those were the first words of a Facebook post from a destination wedding bride that ended up going viral on Reddit.

Here’s some more:

“When we invited our friends and family to our destination wedding in Thailand, only nine people RSVPed. Out of 150!!! OK I get it, paying $3k to share my special day is too much for some of you. I’d pay for yours, but whatever.”

Oh boy. And it continues.

“BUT then, when we changed the wedding to be in Hawaii, so it’s within everyone’s reach, only seven of you RSVPed??? It costs less, but less of you wanna come? Is that what you think of XXXXX and me? You can’t spare $2k to come share our happiness?”

Now comes the threat:

“I’m tempted to just elope and not let any of you be part of our happiest day. This is it guys, you have three days to respond to our evites or we’re deleting you off FB and good luck keeping up with our lives then. And don’t get me started on the registry… Only the cheap stuff is gone, I swear I thought I had better friends. XXXXX and I are asking you to reconsider.”


Not surprisingly, in the more than 1,000 Reddit comments, the term ‘Bridezilla’ comes up frequently. 

But in an article in Travel Market Report, Richard D’Ambrosio looks beyond the bride to the potential fallout for the destination wedding travel advisor, both in the time and effort wasted planning the wedding and any negative feelings from the couple.

Ambrosio looks at why expert destination wedding specialists say qualifying questions and the first intake session with the couple are crucial to success.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.


Harold Wagner - October 9, 2018 @ 17:12
OK,--- I would give the 2k + expenses gladly as a wedding gift if they are that close. 9 out of 10 people may have been to these far away countries. In my opinion, destination weddings are a show-off (look how I can afford to go to exotic places !!?) . I stay away booking them, - they are nothing but head aches.

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