We realize there are many things to consider when planning for a destination wedding, both as hosts and as guests. We want to make it as easy as possible on everyone so please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. We will also be using this space to assist you in planning your trip, whether you're planning on a budget or want something a little more luxurious for your own vacation.
For those coming from the United States, the airfare is likely the biggest cost you will incur. Please don't let that scare you away from joining us! The ticket is the most expensive party and once you get there, cost of living is very low (think $2 for a beer, $5 for a nice meal, and so on). So, before thinking to yourself "There's no way I can afford it", please contact me and I will help you figure out how to make the trip and have one of the most memorable weeks of your life!
We are please to announce that we have a venue!
The resort we chose has the most helpful and wonderful staff, who have been such a joy to work with, and they can accommodate us for every aspect of our trip - accommodation, wedding ceremony and reception, beautiful beaches, and safari packages. The winner is La Madrugada Beach Hotel and Resort.
The folks at La Madrugada Beach Hotel and Resort have put together a special booking website for you! Please go to http://tija.lamadrugadaresort.com/ and book directly through there. You won't see the discount pop up straight away but, once you type in "tija" to the discount code box, you will receive a 20% discount on your room!
There are rooms ranging from single occupancy to family houses that fit six or more! (Note: If you're coming alone to the wedding, we can link you with friends who you can stay with! We are all family here and want everyone to have super fun people to bunk up with! But also keep in mind that we really will be doing so much stuff together - adventuring and activities - so no one will ever be alone!) There is also an All-Inclusive option for an additional (but seemingly nominal) fee.
Safari Add-On Adventure
We are also working with Pristine Trails Adventures and Safaris to set up a 4 day/3 night safari through the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti! While we are there, it is also going to be the annual wildebeest migration, which is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet! Sometimes referred to as "the greatest show on earth", the great wildebeest migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems. 400,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelles accompany them along the way, making a total of over 2 million migrating animals! You won't want to miss it!
If you want to join the safari, it will March 13, 14, 15, and 16. You will want to fly into JRO Airport (so you'll select multi-city and do your home to JRO and then departure will be from DAR to your home, with a small flight between JRO and DAR/Zanzibar on March 17 that we will book separately, and together). You will BOOK THE SAFARI by emailing Edward at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc Joel at email@example.com with the subject heading of "TIJA's WEDDING PARTY". Alternately, you can also go on their website and fill in the request form and use the same subject in the comments section. Please do this by December 17 so they can confirm the numbers with the lodges (they are currently holding 24 spaces for us). The total cost for the safari (which includes: park fees, guides, game drives, lodging, meals, a personal chef, and bottled water) will be approximately $1,065 per person, depending on number of people joining us. We will also have to tip the guide and buy wine and beer so that will add onto the cost (about $20/day).
Also, for those who have an extra day and are interested, we will begin our trip with a coffee tour on March 12.
We will need to stay together the night before and after the safari so that the guides can pick us up all at once! Once everyone has confirmed they are going on the safari, please email me and I will coordinate in booking those nights of the trip (and flight details).