Budgeting for a destination wedding

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I made my own Excel spreadsheet to budget 🙂 I’m having guests at my wedding however. Just make different sections for cost of flights/accomodations, dress, suit, flowers, ceremony, photographer, videographer, sweetheart dinner, etc.

Post # 5
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@mepayne:  I think your best bet is to first figure out what you want, and how you picture your wedding. Just start researching different resorts and stuff, e-mail them asking for complete price lists and your options, and from there you can figure out what you want. Have you looked at Costa Rica yet? It’s beautiful! You can get married in front of the Arenal Volcano. And theres monkeys everywhere! haha Also home to my all time favorite Officiant and Videographer.. (Marcello Galli and Jonathan Yonkers)

 

Post # 7
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@mepayne:  I don’t see why not! Salon appointments.. hmm.. extra activities you want planned, room upgrades.. Even when my sister had her DW in jamaica (80 people), all she had to do was pick her packages, and show up, she also had a meeting with the coordinator when she got there. It was very easy for her 🙂

Post # 8
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63 posts
Worker bee

I want to have a destination wedding in Hawaii, no guests other than immeadiate family.

 

Maybe it is that simple! I think small destination weddings are definitely low stress, low effort arrangements. Pick your package, add any extras, rock up, voila!

 

 

Post # 9
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99 posts
Worker bee

You’d also want to add meals, a little buffer for travel expenses ie taxis or transportation to venue if not getting married at your hotel. Hair/makeup/jewelry/attire. Also add a budget for wedding announcements if you are going to send them out (we are using what would have been the invitation budget for this.)

Post # 11
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63 posts
Worker bee

@mepayne

Yes I do know what you mean, Im not at the planning stage just yet but just looking at packages and thinking about what I have to prepare and I agree it does seem like you could be missing something andr completely overlooking something else LOL!

If you really like spreadsheets you can still do one I reckon (I plan to, just on a much smaller scale)

I would love to hear more about your experience please keep us posted 🙂

Post # 13
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224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mepayne: I think when planning a destination wedding, it’s important to budget it as a vacation first, and a wedding after. You mentioned “eloping” which kind of implies it’s just going to be small or even just the two of you, but then you also mentioned “traditional” which implies you may be inviting a number of guests.

Destination weddings really CAN actually be much more simple than planning a wedding at home. Get a coordinator and tell them how many people you are expecting and they will break down your options for you.

I agree with everyone about setting things up in sections. What kind of resort do you want to stay at. Look at flight costs and costs for accommodations. From there, many resorts do weddings, so it may be as easy as talking to the event planner there who can be a great asset to helping you figure what you can get at a certain budget, and can even break down the expenses for you. This is what they do. They understand that brides do not want one detail to go unnoticed and will do everything they can to make your day everything you want and more. 

Things that you would have to determine budget for on your own – dress, save the dates, invites, welcome bags, etc – things that a wedding coordinator really wouldnt have anything to deal with

happy planning!!

we are doing a destination wedding in st thomas…and so far – it has been completely stress free! 

 

Post # 15
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224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mepayne:  hmmm – what about something like this?? http://www.realsimple.com/static/pdfs/budget_worksheet.pdf

I just did a google search of “wedding budget spreadsheet”, and a bunch came up. If you don’t like the format, maybe it can give you some ideas to do your own?? If you’re adept at excel, you could even put in the commands to determine percentages based on the estimated budget you have. Hope that helps!! 🙂

Post # 16
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1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am having a destination wedding next month in Aruba and althouhg it was overwhleming at first, it got a lot easier once I had gathered more information about different options.

First thing you want to do is pick a location. Prices will vary quite a lot depending on where you are going and depending on whether or not it’s an all inclusive resort. Then, start e-mailing different resorts and find out what type of packages they have. Most of them will be happy to send you brochures and give you a general idea of the costs. Once you have chosen a resort, start making an excell sheet of things you will need. That’s what I did right at the beginning and it really helped. Make sure you include in your budget things you may not have to worry about for a traditionak wedding: Food cost for the time of your stay if it is not an all-inclusive, legal paperwork (for us, we spent about $500 in total for all the legal documents), activities you plan on doing either alone or as a group, etc.

For the wedding itself, having a wedding planner is a huge help. I am getting married at Bucuti & Tara beach resort and their wedding planner is amazing! I get unlimited consultation with her throuhgout the wedding process and she saved me so much time and stress this past year. 

I hope this helps!

 

 

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