Where to say I do – Destination Wedding.

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@alishav:  Congrats and welcome 🙂

How far are you willing to go and what season are you looking at? Anywhere that has special meaning for you and your FI? Do you want an outdoorsy feel, a beach, or an urban setting?

Without any other info, the first place that always comes to mind for affordable DWs are the Smoky Mountains. Gorgeous in any season!

We just came back from Savannah/Jekyll Island (Georgia) and those places just screamed “destination wedding!” We stayed at Jekyll Island Club Hotel and it was awesome- they even have a historic chapel on the resort grounds. 

Of course, there’s also old stand-bys like Vegas and Niagara Falls…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@alishav:  I’m doing a DW too!

Of course cost is going to depend on where you travel and how many people you are inviting and whether you want the whole shabang or just a small ceremony.

(2011) I’ve been to a DW in mexico, we had alot of fun, we stayed on the Grand Sunset Princess in Mayan Riviera. I wouldn’t stay there again, just because the resort was huge and it was alot of walking back and forth from the beach to the room, etc. My sisters wedding cost around $12,000. She expected it to cost a lot less, and because of that they ended up not doing a formal dinner reception. They did a ceremony, then the bridal party had a reservation in one of the restaurants, then we had a beach party with an open bar and my sister plugged her ipod in. I can’t remember if that price included her photographer or not, because she brought one with her.

Downside is my sisters photographer didn’t want to go to the cenotes to do trash the dress because apparently last time her photographer did that with another couple, they were threatned with a machete… so that doesn’t really scream “safe”. Cost for guests was $1200/person for 1 week in an all inclusive resort

(2009) My other sister got married in Jamaica at the RIU in Ocho Rios, everything was amazing! From what I undersand it was under $10,000. including pretty much everything. morning ceremony, dinner, beach party, (I can’t remember if she had a dj or used an ipod), open bar, photographer, videographer etc. It was easily the best and most fun wedding I have ever been too.

As for safety, I’ve heard some scary things about jamaica. We only left the resort one day to do some shopping and go to margaritaville. Plus it cost guests $1900/person for 1 week in an all inclusive resort.

 

Now that I’m planning my own wedding, I’ve looked into Jamaica, Costa Rica and Aruba.

Costa Rica is a very safe location, there’s tons to do everyday, including zip lining, hiking, hot springs, volcano tours, ATVs,  and jungle tours. I was first looking at this but staying at a non-inclusive, since I’d like to spend my days doing activities. However my family didn’t like this idea as they qould rather lay on a beach and drink all day (which sounds boring when you’re in such a beautiful location!)

Cost per person can be really cheap if you do non-inclusive, but all inclusive is closer to $2200/person. Keep in mind you’ll probably want to go from Jan-March since it will be extremely rainy from April-Dec..it is a rainforest after all!

Wedding costs are looking to be around $20,000 in both Costa Rica and Aruba. (Including EVERYTHING)

Aruba is looking better to me! It’s a very small and safe island, and is easily travelled by car or bus. Their temperature hovers around 80F year round, and their not in the hurrican belt so you can literally go there whenever and have great weather. I heard its quite windy in the summers though. For high season, rates are really expensive, around $2200-$3200 person (more or less..).. But apparently prices are nearly 30% less if you go in off season! (May-Aug). We’re looking at Amsterdam Manor. They have reallly good reviews on trip advisor. You can choose to have non-inclusive or all inclusive. But from what i’ve heard, you’re better off choosing non-inclusive. They have 2 for 1 drink specials on the beach around supper time, and they offer rooms with kitchenettes. Apparently the food off the resort is delicious. Theres also a supermarket across the street so you can stock up as soon as you get there.

Happy Planning!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The above post is correct. it really depends on the location and the amount of people you’re planning on inviting. I’m doing a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta with an estimate of guests sitting at 50 people, including myself and my Fi and its going to be just under $6000 for my ceremony and reception, including the DJ, food, drinks and photographer. So it really boils down to where ( Five star all inclusive beach resort? or cabin in the woods? ) How many people (intimate, or everyone and their friends) and what exactly you want in a ceremony and reception – I’m paying extra for a firework exit at the end of the evening which certainly bumped my costs up a wee bit.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It depends on where you are…are you based in the US? 

I can only speak for Asian/Australasian-based bees, but for those in our part of the world, Thailand and Bali are extremely popular largely because there’s a huge variety of price points available for weddings. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m planning a destination wedding as well, and like you was completely confused where I wanted to go. It really helped to browse sites like Style Me Pretty by location. Once I found some locations I liked, I emailed the venue directly to get price quotes. It was an easy way to see how much things cost in different areas, and also have an idea of how it would look. If your in California and want something forestry, I’ve seen some amazing weddings at Yosemite – not sure on the costs, but I’m sure you could make it as elaborate or simple as you wanted. I’ve emailed quite a few places in Cabo, and honestly, it was more then I thought it would be. It completely depends on the resort and what your looking for, but most of the 5 stars are about 20-30K and up for ceremony, reception, drinks, flowers, DJ, etc. I’m sure people do it cheaper at different places, but just throwing that out there as I always heard Mexico is super cheap. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@alishav:  I think you should really take some time to think of things like budget, number of guests, and types of locations you and your fiance enjoy traveling to. That can help narrowing down the location a bit easier. Good luck!

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