Post # 1
My name is Steve and this is my first post. I just got engaged to my girlfriend of 7 years last week, and before I knew it, the planning has already begun. It looks like I might have a tight timeframe, so I’d like to start looking for options immediately.
Now to the question. We are considering having a destination wedding (so far Mexico seems like the best option). I was curious if you have any feedback regarding whether there are benefits of doing a destination wedding at an all inclusive resort? Obviously, there are benefits such as the guests not having to worry about food/alcohol, but if the majority of my guests are staying at the all inclusive resort, will it bring down the cost?
We stayed at the Grand Velas at Riveria Maya a few years back and loved it. I have no idea at all what the cost of a wedding would be there, but would appreciate any starting info to get me on the right track. Thanks in advance!!
Post # 2
ssimonvii: It really depends on if you are covering the cost of certain guest or if it’s every man/woman for themesleves. We are going to Sandals in Montego Bay, we love the all inclusive and well as most water and land activites are also included so there is no extra overhead, only if you want to do the offsite excursions. We are only paying for ourselves and everyone we invited is okay with that, we are getting married on July 4th so most of our friends have schuled their vacation around that time so it’s actally their vacation and they get to see us get married as a bonus
Most of the resorts we looked at have nice wedding packages that include some a cocktail reception and other inclusions based on the number nights. Sandals for instance the wedding and 30 min reception is free if you are staying 6 nights. Downside is if you want to have a sit down dinner or longer reception then the cost is where it hits, it’s really nice but since I’m at an all inclusive I don’t want pay for food, so we decided that after the free reception we will just make reservations at one of the bigger resturants to eat.
Another thing to keep in mind is photographers, some will not allow outside photograhers. Most have their own or ones they have contracted or they will charge a fee to have someone else take the photos. Good Luck and Congrats!
Post # 3
I would say absolutely go with an all-inclusive resort! By going with all-inclusive, your guests won’t have to worry about additional expenses. All their drinks, meals, etcwill be included.
Additionally, the number of rooms booked could carry some extra discounts or benefits. It’s wise to work with a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings and has a relationship with the resort.
Post # 4
Definitely all inclusive. I wouldn’t do it any other way. As far as discounts, I’m not sure, but it would be worth the money to have everyone there together.
Post # 5
We’re doing a DW because we wanted all inclusive! Although, having guests stay at the resort won’t bring down the cost of food for the wedding (I think that’s what you’re asking). All of our guests are staying at the resort. The wedding package includes dinner for 20 people, and we have to pay $50 per person if we go above 20.
But seriously, all inclusive is the way to go! You can eat and drink as amuch as you want and live it up at a fantastic resort with beautiful beaches and pools.
Post # 6
ssimonvii: Hi & congrats! DH and I got married in Mexico last year at an AI and it was amazing! We only had 4 guests – legal ceremony in Mexico requires 4 witnesses- but they all really enjoyed the AI. We did it at Privilege Aluxes because we didn’t like the seclusion the Riviera Maya or the party atmosphere of Cancun. Privilege Aluxes was great because it was on a tiny island off the coast of Cancun (15 minute $5 ferry ride) so it was pretty quiet, but still had alot of restaurants & shopping nearby so we could easily get off the resort for a change of pace.
I would look into different ai resorts in the area you want. I found that they all have different ways of doing everything. Some will do the ceremony for free if you have enough guests, some won’t. Ours offered a discount for everyone’s booking but only if we had a certain number of guests (we didn’t). They all have different packages depending on what you want – my biggest tip is don’t be afraid to negotiate. Our resort didn’t have a package that was small enough for us, with a little back and forth we were able to get exactly what we wanted at a price we were very happy with.
Most resorts will still charge you for the reception (decor, setup, extra servers, cost per plate, and possibly a bar), unless you just have a regular dinner at their AI restaurant- which is what we did- but not really feasible for alot of guests. Depending on your area and what you two want you could maybe find better prices at a local restaurant.
Keep in mind alot of resorts have set lists of vendors you are allowed outside of the resort and may charge a fee or just straight up not allow outside vendors such as photographers. I did not like most of the resort photographers and luckily for us our resort did not care if we brought in someone else. We also negotiated with our outside photographer since he didn’t have a package that fit what we needed and saved a bit of $$ there as well…
Let me know if you have any questions at all. Personally I loved the whole process as it was so easy! I don’t know if you two plan to get legally married there, but Mexico has a few more things you have to hammer out before the ceremony than the US. We had to send in signed original paperwork (with our witnesses signatures) ahead of time, then arrive at least 4 days ahead of the ceremony, blood test on day 3 (they test for curable STD’s and will not marry you if you do not pass), and they have standard ceremony text you cannot change except for your vows….