Are destination weddings cheaper?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ours is probably going to be, but for the guests keep in mind, that there is a bit more cost since they have to have overnight accomodations and some may have to fly to get there!

We’re having about 50 at our wedding.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

WEll! We thought that we were gonna come out spending less by doing a destination wedding but… its totally not cheaper!! We are having to pay for hotel, food, gas, renting a car etc.!!! So for me its not, but maybe it just depends where and how far your going!!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would say yes, but I’m not planning at Destination Wedding. We’re doing a tented reception and oh my gosh it costs a FORTUNE! So much more than we anticipated! BUT I think with a Destination Wedding you have to take into account who you’re paying for. Are you just covering you and FI? Parents? Siblings? Wedding party? Are other guests paying for themselves? I mean, if we did a Destination Wedding with our 13 person frigging wedding party and paid for them all… Our wedding we’re planning would seem like a bargain!!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

PS – If you’re really interested in a Destination Wedding look into some of the private islands off the cost of Belize and Costa Rica. You can find some great deals and you and your guests would be the only people there!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s sort of like comparing apples to oranges.  It maybe a little cheaper for you, but the cost per person is higher.  You end up saving because you are paying for less people to eat.

You are also asking all of your guests to spend quite a bit more.  We have friends getting married in New Orleans 6 weeks before our wedding.  We are going to drop over $1,000 on their wedding – not what we wanted to do right before our wedding – so you should think about that too, who you are planning to invite, and how it could affect them.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We spent the same on our Destination Wedding that we would have at home – except the wedding was way cooler than it’d have been around here.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Yeah, I agree with Ella, all DWs do is transfer the cost from you onto your guests.  But even then, I’m doing a 90 person wedding for $8000, so I doubt after hotels and air fare we would have spent less if we had had a Destination Wedding.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

***WARNING: LONG!!** (sorry, lol!)

It depends on the formula that you choose…. Destination Wedding in an all inclusive resort is very different from Destination Wedding where you have to do everything by yourself, for example.

You definitely have to be OK with the fact that not everyone will be able to come; and not EXPECT them to come. It’s a bonus if they do, but if you end up getting married alone, just the two of you, you have to feel good about that too.

I also think that people criticizing that choice, saying that the guests have to pay, should not. People who came at our wedding, came for a great week of vacation. And they paid for that great all-inclusive week – not for the wedding. Wedding associated costs were ours to pay. Everyone who was able to come had a great time. We’re getting married for us, not for people around us. OK, vent’s over!

The bulk of our cost was the travelling. We got married in an all-inclusive resort, so all our guests food/alcool was covered. There were different wedding packages offered, at different costs, ranging from free to 2500$. There are fees to make it legal.

We were able to keep it under 10 000$, including:
– travelling : plane, hotel, food and drinks (we got the most expensive suite in the hotel)
– limo to get to airport
– rings (engagement, wedding set for me, his band)
– suit for him
– hair trial, hair and makeup
– legal fees in the Dominican
– legal fees here (official documents translated and approved by Embassy)
– horse and carriage
– wedding dinner/reception in a private room
– wedding certificate translation once back

My dress and accessories was our gift from my parents; and friends did the photography (photographer’s package weren’t up to my expectations for their price, over there) and videography (my dad is a pro videographer and really wanted to film it, even if we didn’t mind not having the video – very glad, now!).

I think that for us, it was the best way to go, no question about it. But it has to be for so many more reasons than the price, though.

– I always wanted a small ceremony, and going away gave me just that, without having to choose who to invite and who to let go – everyone was invited.
– We dreamed of the nice tropical flowers, weather, etc.
– We were ready to get married alone. People coming was a great bonus and it made us happy, but there would be no regrets if they could not have come. (although we might have paid for our parents if it had been impossible for them)
– We wanted to spend quality time with people that came. 1 week vacation with them before and after the wedding gave us just that –  and we stayed a second week for our honeymoon.
– We loved the fact that there was almost no planning involved. We knew our wedding date and time, and what we were wearing. The rest was determined once on location, in a 1-hour meeting. The coordinator did an amazing job, and we didn’t have the headaches of planning for a year.

Sorry this was long. But it sums it up…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well, I had to trust that they’d do a great job. We saw at least 3 weddings everyday we were there, and that was the “low” season. They know what they’re doing, more than me, lol!
But it’s a good opportunity to learn to “let go”.  In the end, not knowing was GREAT, because everything exceeded our expectations. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

For us it is WAY cheaper. Were going to Breezes Bahamas. It is 2200 for us, the wedding is FREE and its an all inclusive resort and the price includes the flight.

We are having a Destination Wedding because we really didnt want people there & this way they wont be affended by not being invited. We are having our parents & a friend each.

We are also having a reception when we get home.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For me it’s cheaper, but it’s still not “cheap”.  I live in Chicago, so the cost of having a nice outdoor venue for 180 guests here would have been about $30,000.  And that’s a low estimate.  The destination wedding is only going to cost us about $18,000.  We are getting married at The Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island, and I expect to have about 40-60 guests.  Because we have fewer guests, we were able to “upgrade” and get a great venue (four star hotel) with awesome food.  I also had extra money to hire a wedding coordinator.

I always wanted to get married on a beach, and I was willing to cut my guest list in order to have the wedding I wanted. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee

You are comparing apples to oranges. It may be cheaper for you but the guest pays exhorbitant prices that they would never so at a traditional wedding. Plus countless people decide to have receptions afterward when they return home. That is where 90% of the costs of a traditional wedding go, so if you go that route, you end up paying more for a destination wedding.

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