Post # 1
I wanted to check here first – I’m trying to figure out what our budget will be, and I’d like to do that backwards 😉
I’d like my wedding in either Dominican Republic or Bahamas. I’d like to invite about 80 people (knowing that the actual rate of attendance is 70%).
How much do you think I should budget for (just for ceremony and reception)?
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d like to know the answer to this too!!!
Post # 4
We originally looked into Destination weddings. And if you go with a place that is all-inclusive it can be REALLY inexpensive because the food is already included. We were looking at about 65 guest and we had cost of about $4500. So I’m thinking about $6K should be PLENTY for 80 guest!
Post # 5
Wow, really? Thanks a ton, Donnica22! That a great starting point for my research!
Post # 6
I am having a DW at Breezes bahamas. We are only having 8 guests so we went with the free package (when u stay there 7 nights) but they have TONS of packages you can upgrade to. Its an all inclusive resort so most stuff is already included but the upgrades include photog and private rooms for the reception
Post # 7
Just a note that I think the 70% acceptance rate is more for local weddings. Please realize that for destination weddings it could be way way way lower, and don’t think that if you only get 25% it is unusual or something.
Post # 8
We’re having a DW in Ocho Rios Jamaica with approx 45 guests, and our budget was $10000, wich we’ve sort of jumped up to $12000. We decided to upgrade a ton of things, including the reception @ $50/head, and I’m paying for all the hair and makeup for all of my girls and both of our mothers (~$1000) and we upgraded the photography package (~$1400).
It really depends on what you want to spend your money on, we def’ could have done it for cheaper, but we have the means, so we decided to upgrade a bunch of things.
Post # 9
Does this budget estimate include flight & stay for the bride & groom? Or is it just the ceremony + reception?
Post # 10
For me, that was flights, hotel at the resort for FI and I as well (which was about $3400 for 10 days in a Suite)
Post # 11
it all depends i thought it was going to be less but its still over than what i would pay in ny the only reason its less is because less people show. Im having 25-30 pple at the ritz in grand cayman and the budget is 20k not including photo dress makeup etc etc. basically jsut for food ceremony dj . IF any more than 30 people attend i might cry at this point.
Post # 12
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Not sure about the Bahamas but I know the DR is right on par with the prices we are paying in Mexico. Dinner per person was $60 including drinks and then the ceremony was about $1500. Some hotels if you have enough people book with your group will give you a free ceremony package.
And Corgi is right about the acceptance rate. 25-30% is more typical for a destination wedding.
Post # 13
I’m getting married in the DR and although I selected an all inclusive hotel for the guests, unfortunately, food and beverages were not included for private receptions where you take over one of the a la carte restaurants (still prob going to be about $100/head), so I would make sure to ask the hotel.
Post # 15
We’e getting married at an all- inclusive in Jamaica. Since we aren’t expecting more than 10 guests, we’re also doing the free package (ceremony, decor, cwedding cake, etc). We’re only paying extra for an upgraded bridal bouquet, pictures, cocktail hour, and upgraded champagne. Everything is about $4500. That does not include my dress, my hair and accessories, his outfit and ring.
Post # 16
We got married in the DR, and with 15 people the total cost of the wedding/ceremony/honeymoon package was $2500. Flights and 8 day hotel package for us was an additional $2k.