Do these prices sound normal for an Caribbean DW? Am I missing anything?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 4
3217 posts
Sugar bee


Over all 33,000 for 50 people is VERY expensive.  But I think  you are spending a lot of money on silly things.

Mini bottled water for 50 people, comes in a large copper tub filled with ice- $75 –This is very expensive and silly to waste money on.  Put out pitchers of water for free.

Sound Equipment- $200 for the ceremony alone (This includes someone to work the iPod)–Why can’t the DJ do this part too.  For 200 dollars I would get a trusted friend to run the Ipod if the DJ can’t do it.  Though I don’t understand why you would pay for both a DJ and a dude to turn on an Ipod.

Centrepieces ($25/table)- $100 for 5 tables.. I’m DIY’ing. Depending on the cost per flower I should be under budget!

5 x 25 is actually 125.  But whatever it’s only 25 bucks.
36inch sparklers for 50 ppl- $100 (first dance)
I would go to Dollarama and get these for 3 dollars not $2 per person.  That is nuts.

Transportation for 50 people to and from the venue (5mile distance)- $300 (This is only a budget- not sure what they actually charge) — Can people not drive themselves?  

Flowers to decorate with: $500 budget–Why do your centerpieces not come out of this budget, and do you need $500 worth of flowers when you have the ceremony decorations? 

Why do you have to pay for the ceremony space and the reception space seperately?

Appetizers (4 per person for 50 ppl)- $750–This sounds very expensive at 3.75 per piece.  What exactly would this be?  If it’s Beluga caviar on crackers maybe, it’s a cheese plater absolutely not.

Wedding Rings: $4000 budget–This is quite expensive.  I know you want to get what you want, but I think you should be able to get something you love for less then this.

I think overall 33,000 for 50 people is a lot of money.  And I don’t think you are being the smartest with your budget, with a lot of things that are silly like the sparklers.  Where is this destination? Because I think you could get a much better package for other destinations. 






Post # 5
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Brittanyg20:  Your venue is absolutely STUNNING! However, I 100% agree with ANDIELOVESJ in that for 50 guests, $33000.00 is waaaaaaaay too much. She points out some great ways to pare down costs without sacrificing anything.

Post # 6
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, it is realistic. What is not realistic is diy-ing everything for a Caribbean wedding. I’m shipping a few things, but really, if I diy-ed everything, id spend as much in shipping as if id just paid the higher price. It really depends on how extravagant u want to go with all of ur details. U could get a wedding package for 500 if u wanted but that would be a plain Jane no frills event. Sure, some of that stuff can be eliminated. But I’d go without some things before I tried to recreate them by hand and ship them and some things can’t be shipped anyway, like sparklers (hazardous materials). I am approaching 25k with honeymoon, attire, invite package, plated dinner, reheasrsal dinner….EVERYTHING…in the way I pictured it…and we only have 18 guests. 


Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would keep the transport and cut the apps at cocktail hour. Apps are nice but not necessary.  Also, could you cut down on the bar, it seems really expensive at $66/person.  Maybe you can close it during dinner to save on the cost? 

Do you really need two videographers?  Maybe you can get a single shooter who costs less?

No matter what you do, it’s gonna be expensive.  What is your target budget?


Post # 8
1258 posts
Bumble bee

I would suggest, letting people cab together. Where is your venue? 

Also – get rid of the apps. That’s $750 you can pocket because you don’t NEED them technically. Can I make a suggestion? I think the ceremony in the ruins is beautiful. BUT, you are paying $5500 for it. I am assuming you did not want to get married on a beach by your all-inclusive resort or a gazebo on the resort, but it would save you a lot of money to do so. You could still have the gorgeous reception AND pay for transportation from the resort to your reception for all your guests that way. Maybe you can still have your photographers shoot photos of you at the ruins so you can have them as part of your day. Just a thought. 

$3300 for a full open bar for 50 people seems pricey to me. That’s $66 a person?! How long is the reception? 

Post # 9
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree that this sound very expensive for 50 people! Where exactly are you getting married?

For my DW in Aruba, which is one of the most expansive places in the Caribbean, the wedding itself (ceremony + reception) for 20 people comes to about $7500 and it includes quite a lot of things.

I would get rid of the hors d’oeuvres like some suggested, and the open bar is really expensive so many I would cut that down to something else if there are oher options availbale. With such a beautiful setting, I do not think you need to spend $500 on flowers for the ceremony alone. I would also cut the transportation fee as it seems very high also.

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