Post # 1
I’m planning a destination wedding in Costa Rica and waiting to hear back from my planner!
So I’m curious, where was your Destination Wedding, was the resort all inclusive? Did you have a wedding planner or just a DOC?
Post # 3
The first time I got married I had a destination wedding in Jamaica at an 5* all inclusive resort… not including attire, these were the costs. I can’t believe I remember it all! We used the resort’s wedding planner.
Ceremony & marriage license – 350
Invitations & programs, etc. – 500
Rentals for ceremony (chair covers, aisle runner, etc.) – 900
Flowers (silk) – 600
Photography – 1500
Reception room rental (this included dinner since it was at an AI) – 1000
Reception decor (including favours) – 700
Champagne and cake – 1200
I think that’s it..
Post # 4
@orchidaloha: Nice! Thank you!
Ours will be through a wedding planner who will set up the whole thing. We will probably plan a week trip for everyone and have a couple different resorts we stay at, so ours won’t be inclusive
Post # 5
@kayberry: That’s a good idea! The resort charged $150/person if they didn’t stay at our resort just to come to the wedding.
At the time, there was only one direct flight out of my city to Jamaica so it made sense for everyone to stay at the same place and get the same package deal. It was actually pretty good, it was $3,300/person without the deal, and my travel agent was able to get it down to $2,500.
It definitely helps having a good planner!
Post # 6
@orchidaloha: Thanks! I’m hoping the one I pick is good!
So far the main resort we’re looking at staying in is $260 for the room per night and food is extra. So we’re going to ask our planner to see if we can cover everyone’s food so it would be $260 a night per couple (:
Post # 7
@kayberry: That’s an awesome idea!
Post # 8
Our total budget for our Costa Rica destination wedding is $12,000.
Flights from New Mexico to San Jose: $1,600
4 nights in Master Suite: $2,150
Maid/Matron of Honor suite lodging: $700
Ceremony venue: Free because we are having it on the terrace of our suite (its 800 sqft)
Reception venue: $200 (includes all tables, chairs, linens, place settings, waitstaff)
Audio system: $150
Floral: $600 (fresh orchids and calla lilies)
Dinner for 13: $750
Canapes and champagne toast: $250
Alcohol: Completely open bar menu we will pay at end of evening (over-estimate of $1000)
Small cake: $120
Officient/legal fees: $650 (Marcelo Galli has been wonderful to work with)
The rest has gone to clothes, accessories, invites, welcome bags, ect. We are $1,400 under budget right now, but I wanted to have a good reserve for gratuities and unexpected expenses.
I have spent 18 months planning everything myself. The event coordinator at the hotel has sent my requests to the florist and arranged our dinner, but otherwise I’ve been pretty much on my own.
Post # 9
@kayberry: check out the websites of hotels/resorts in costa rica to see if they have a wedding package that includes everything (officiant, flowers, rentals, food, photography, room upgrade, etc) all of the resorts that i have been to offer wedding packages.
Post # 10
@BlueMorphoButterfly: wow girl, kudos for doing that yourself!!
that sounds awesome. mind if I ask what the hotel/resort that you’re at is?
Post # 11
1 week in cyprus at 4* hotel inc dress suits cake flowers chairs food for 25 people rings absolutley everything plus a church blessing and reception at golf club back at home £7500
Could have easily done it for £6000 but my dad wanted us to have a la carte food on the beach privately so paid for that and extra drinks.
I was happy we are getting everything we could wish for.
Post # 12
@kayberry: We are doing the Ritz- Carlton, Kapalua in Maui for about 40 people. It is not all-inclusive and will be about $25,000.
Post # 13
forgot to answer we have a normal co ordinator at the hotel who helps us when we arrive. its a Half board hotel. they werent charging us for those coming to hotel for day but turned out everyone is staying anyway!
Post # 14
@kayberry: My Destination Wedding is in Anna Maria Island, FL. It’s not all inclusive, everyone coming is getting rental houses for the week, and food is separate. We are having about 70 guests probably. We are probably spending about 20,000. That’s not including any travel costs, just the wedding. Our venue has a DOC.
Post # 15
@kayberry: Our wedding will be at Villa Caletas in Jaco. http://www.hotelvillacaletas.com/
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for the responses!
This is all so awesome!