(Closed) Mexico Brides – save money or not?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

We got married in Jamaica & saved money vs. having a wedding in downtown Chicago.  Plus, we invited about 30% of the people that we’d “have” to invite if we had it here.  So, you definitely save money due to that alone!  All of the big expenses added up fast though, airfare and hotel for us & some family members was almost half of our entire budget.  Things to think about!

Post # 4
3 posts

I’m not so sure if it’s about saving $.  Mexico is a relatively easily accessible (travel and $) destination in which to marry.  The backdrop is gorgeous and the wedding planning process is not entirely difficult.

Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee

I just returned a couple of months ago from shooting a Puerto Vallarta Wedding.    It’s was GORGEOUS.   I imagined that the couple did save money,    but that would involve guests paying for their OWN airfare of course.      They rented a gorgeous villa with a view which served as wedding reception location and a place for all the guests to stay.    It included chef services.    There were around 35-45 people total.    

Here is the link to their photos if you want to take a look at what they did :


I’m happy to answer any questions !    I could also put you in touch with their planner if you wanted!

Amanda Bowers Photography – free travel for destination weddings in winter.

415 259 4886


Post # 6
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Yes we are saving a ton!!  We looked at USVI, Jamacia, Alaska, DR and MX.  While DR and MX were the most cost effective we choose MX because of the beautiful scenery and abundance of things to do (ruins, zip lines, shopping, dance clubs, snorkeling and much more).

Post # 7
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The thing with Destination Wedding is that they are often cheaper for the couple getting married, but more costly for the guests.

The budget for our wedding in Mexico is $10,000.  That includes EVERYTHING:  wedding package at the resort, lodging, food/alcohol (all-inclusive), 2 plane tx, attire, photographer, honeymoon (10 nights total at the same resort), Out of Town bags, etc etc.  There is no way we could have had a comparable event for that cost in the area we live (San Francisco).  Most of our guests would have had to travel anyway, as our families do not live in our area.  Now they will just be jetting to Mexico instead!


Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

It all depends on how many guests and how fancy you get with decor.  The bigger you go with decor—chair covers, linens, lighting, centerpieces, etc, the less you will save.  Many vendors are similar in price to American vendors (photographers, florist, and such) and many wish to have at least their final payment be paid in US cash.  If you have to pay anything in US currency, that won’t help you save money….if you can pay in pesos, that will help some.  If you have very few guests, that will help you save the most or if you don’t go overboard on the details, you will save a little.

Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are saving a lot! The wedding package at Cozumel Palace Resort is $2,300 that includes photographer and reception too. We will pay extra for more pictures and for a private venue, vs. having the reception in the resort restaurant! We should be at $5,000 (FIL are paying for our flight and stay at the resort so that is not factored in). Our Iowa reception will also cost about 5K, hopefully not more. As many of you said, yes it will cost our guests more to travel to Mexico. The good news is flights look pretty cheap right now, it is just too soon to book them! 

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