Post # 1
My fiance and I are looking to have a DW, but we aren’t sure if its something that would financially make sense. I’ve seen the posts about how much the destination weddings can cost, and I have a huge family. I’m not sure they could all make it, but we both have a decent # of friends we’d like to invite as well. Overall, the number is looking like 175. If we get married at an all inclusive resort, does anyone know if a reception (private or semi private) is a separate cost that we would need to cover? I have seen prices at some non all inclusive resorts that estimate about $200 pp, and that is just out of control.
Thank you for any advice you can share!
Post # 3
I don’t have too much experience with DW, but I was invited to my friends DW in November. She is having it at an all-inclusive resort, and as long as they have 10 – 15 people attending, they get everything free, so for the Bride and Groom – yes, it financially makes sense.
However…the price for your guests might be too high, and you may have a lot of people that can’t make it. My FI and I can’t attend my friends wedding because we will have just paid for our wedding and the price for a 5 day vacation at this all-inclusive resorts is around $1900.00 (per person), plus we have to pay extra for an extra flight (so $2700 per person).
Post # 4
i did an all-inclusive wedding with a private reception. totally worth it to splurge on the private reception. and it was waaay cheaper. i paid $30 per person for the full meal. then i had the choice of bringing my own wine for the dinner and paying their corkage fee, or paying $17 per person for open bar (I brought my own wine). because then i paid about $1600 for a private bonfire reception on the beach for 3 hours. so i think altogether, we spent about $3500 on the wedding day itself. i spent more moeny on packing my own decorations to make everything all the more beautiful – but that stuff is up to you. although i chose to pack my own decorations and pay luggage fees at the airport because the resort would charge astronomical fees for things i could get MUCH cheaper. examples: resort centerpieces – $80, mine – $20, resort chair covers – $6, mine – $0.75. you get the point.
Post # 5
@doig714: I’m doing a destination wedding in Mexico in October 2012. We got an amazing deal at an all-inclusive resort for us and our guests. For $2,300 we get the ceremony and reception site including set up and floral decorations, an officiant, a cocktail hour, drinks for 3 more hours, dinner for 50 guests (each extra person over 50 will be another $20). We get our entire stay free if we book 25 rooms, plus a welcome cocktail hour when our guests arrive. We get a few other things, but I can’t really remember it all, FI has all the info. Our guests get a discount too. Because it is all inclusive, it is broken down by how many people are in the room. For one person in the room it is $119 a night, for 2 it is $83 per person, for 3 it is $60-something per person, and for 4 it is $51 per person. We also have already given our guests a heads up on how much it will cost them so that they can start saving.
It all depends on the site you find. We originally wanted our wedding in the bahamas, but the hotels we picked were too ridiculous with prices. When we switched, we found awesome deals and argued them down until we were satisfied. You definately have to work for what you want so the sooner you start, the better!
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Not sure where you are looking at getting married but $200 seems very high. We got married in the Riviera Maya, MX and had a private reception at our resort. Our cost was $60pp for dinner. We even choose the 4 course surf and turf (filet mignon and shrimp) which was the highest priced meal. Plus it included the table, servers, drinks, decor (minus flowers) and 1 tier cake. For us it was WAY more affordable than a wedding back here in Michigan.
Post # 7
$200 seem really high to me for a destination wedding . Most resorts (all inclusive) will include the WEDDING – so the ceremony for free. they set it all up and decorate etc. I think most include flowers for the bride and canned music. Of course you can always upgrade to flowers for the maids and live music too (which I found out to be DIRT cheap comopared to what it would be here at home in Canada).
I am getting married in two months in Cuba. Our wedding is all included as long as we have I think 12 people. The cake and my flowers are included and two bottles of cava for a toast. I am paying for live music upgrade as well as photos (also dirt cheap there).
As for the dinner. you can have a private dinner but that will cost you extra. At the 5 star resort I am going to, it’s costing $35 per person. That is a plated meal outside. You could opt to just have the guests take a regular meal amongst other hotel guests in one of the a la carte restaurants…and it would be no extra cost (but not as intimate).
Overall, it was the difference between about $20,000 at home, or about $5,000 in Cuba. Need I say more….
Post # 8
@futureMrsDonnelly — what resort are you having your DW at? That seems like a great price for guests. I am very concerned about guests paying to come to our wedding! I have a huge family but really want a DW!
Post # 9
It will depend on the resort that you choose. The wedding and reception will most likely be an extra charge. In my months of research I have found that resorts often do a free wedding, but it is for 10 or less people, or even 4 people total(that includes you and the groom). After the free wedding package, they will have packages that you can purchase and that number can vary. I have seen 20 and I have seen 30, and as another poster said she can have 50. Anyone over that, will be an additional charge per person. The resort I am having the wedding at is going to be about $100 per person over 20 for cocktail hour and dinner. You also need to consider if you will do a welcome dinner, beach bonfire, or any other nice thing for your guests. That would be an additional cost as well.
It really depends on the resort and the price point you are looking at booking. Is it 3* or 5*? It really makes a difference in what you get and if it’s worth it or not….at least imo.
Post # 10
@futureMrsDonnelly: what resort are you having your wedding at?
Post # 11
Would like to get merried in cuba. Just a small wedding in cuba just me and my fiancé . No guest.just wondering if any one have information on private weddings in cuba?cost and what u need.
Post # 12
@futureMrsDonnelly: That sounds like a great deal! If you dont mind, what resort is it? I’m planning a DW as well. Thanks!