@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.