Big Sur is located on the central coast of California, and refers to the area where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful location is not an ideal spot for having a wedding, as the terrain is rough and there are many endangered plants and animals that could be sensitive to the presence of a large group of people. For Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and former Facebook president, none of this seemed to matter. Parker has just paid 2.5 million dollars to appease the California Coastal Commission in exchange for being able to follow through with his wedding plans.
Parker commissioned and went through with major construction plans in the area before the Commission caught wind of what was going on. Once the plans were already in motion, the Commission couldn’t stop the construction. Parker has already built a small village in the beautiful coastal region. Rather than demand that he tear down the structure, they settled with Parker who was said to have been very cooperative and kind. Parker has also agreed to develop a mobile app that brings awareness to the environmental issues that the region faces. The dismantling of the construction will be overseen by environmental professionals in order to ensure that the local community and the region are not disturbed. The wedding took place last weekend and was said to have cost nearly 15 million dollars.
This type of wedding budget is obviously not typical, and if you are looking to have a beautiful wedding in a lush location, you can do so without being a billionaire. The fact that Parker chose such a sensitive location and had to build his own village in order to sustain the people who were in attendance speaks volumes to the convenience of the location. It’s important that when you are choosing a wedding destination, you are practical about the money that you’ll need to spend in order to accommodate your wedding party. Destination weddings can be tricky and many people find that some of their closest friends and family are not able to attend the event due to the inconvenience of travel and/or being able to afford accommodations. Always keep in mind other peoples budgets, especially when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Your wedding day is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and therefore you want to take every measure possible in order to ensure that your closest loved ones are in attendance, even if that means cutting back on the money that they will have to spend in order to be in attendance on your big day.