(Closed) Are destination weddings cheaper?

posted 12 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Ember: again, the guests pay for their vacation, not for the costs associated with the wedding. If they don’t want to pay for that vacation, they don’t have to go. Also, a reception when you come back is not mandatory. We didn’t have one, because we had celebrated our love already and don’t like being the centre of attention. Our friends and family wanted to throw a big party, but we’re having intimate dinners with everyone separately instead – we’re more comfortable with that.. To each their own.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In the end it may be cheaper for you, but it’s def not for your guests.  While I love the idea of a Destination Wedding..it causes lots of problems!  My one friend is having a Destination Wedding in June and I would say more than half the guests going have dropped out within the past month.  Its a lot to ask people to spend to travel and stay for a Destination Wedding.  Lets face it, most people aren’t going to fly to a Destination Wedding for just the day..they will prob make a vacation out of it which is not cheap!  You just have to be prepared that all the people you want to come may not be able to.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

EGB- I like your response. The guests WILL have to pay for their hotel or plane tickets, but I think MOST, if not ALL brides and grooms who decide on a destination wedding, won’t be upset if the whole guest list doesn’t come. If they would potentially be, I’m sure they would haven’t chosen a destination wedding.

Can you tell my SO and I want a destination wedding?LOL Not having a huge reception and feeding all those people is our main reason.LOL We love our families, but as long as we have the main players-immediate family-we are good, but most will try to come if possible.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Many reasons are valid for a Destination Wedding as well as a traditional wedding… you just have to weigh in what’s more important to you. To us, it was getting married in a small but elegant affair, with the least planning possible.

We basically sold the idea of a vacation to our guests, on the invite as well as on the website. We also let them know that we’d get married during that week.We were set on getting married at that location at that date. If people could join us, great and if not, we’d still be happily married.

We were 16 at our wedding, and I couldn’t imagine more people. It was the intimate affair I always dreamed of.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

My sentiments are pretty much the same as MissBella’s. Many times it’s really expensive for guests to attend so you have to expect that many of them will not be able to come (esp. in this economy). I also noticed that the cost of travel is not as cheap as it was last year so many of the awesome travels deals available in 2009 are more expensive now in 2010.

If just having the main players (immediate family) at your wedding is what really matters to you, then a destination will work out just fine with you. 🙂 You can be an a beautiful, ideal setting and have a great time with everyone. You can send out a little postcard w/a picture of you and Fiance to all of your friends who couldn’t make-it as I’m sure they’d appreciate being included somehow.

 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Completely depends on where you have it and if you plan to pay for all of your guests travel expenses. 80 guests isn’t that small with regards to destination weddings… at least not from what I’ve seen. Their small ceremonies are usually for 20 or less. However…. a lot of them have the reception included in some of those bigger ticket ones.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you think about it in terms of how long you will be in your destination as opposed to one day, it’s probably cheaper. Many brides can spend up to $50,000 on one day. For us, we are spending about $20,000 for the wedding and the honeymoon stay. We will be in Jamaica for a total of 14 days.

Post # 24
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Helper bee

In a word-Yes! A destination wedding can be a real savings over a traditional wedding.

We just posted an article about it on our blog.  Hope this helps!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

It all depends where you go and what you want. We’re saving a ton of money with the destination wedding. We’re paying for the whole thing ourselves, plus our parents’ trips to Mexico. Also, we’re staying for our honeymoon that that gets rid of another expense. 

Our budget is under $10,000 and I’m comfortable that we’ll remain under that. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I think Destination Wedding are cheaper. Especially if you have expensive taste like I do. Like a comment made I plan on upgrading the Destination Wedding wedding for the 25-50 guests that may attend vs. paying for 200 guest (many of them I don’t talk to or know that well) to eat.

I want to have a dinner/welcome party the night before (we will pay for that)…then our after wedding reception (we will pay for that). Guests are responsible for their own travel and accomadations. We will provide info for our hotel and the discounted rate. We will also start a discount group on aa.com for flight. As much as we can help. But we’re paying for ourselves and our parents. I think that’s good.

I understand the economy so most events will be held over a 2-3 period. Some guests will only stay for the weekend and other one week. Their choice. But once the wedding is over we are leaving for our honeymoon.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well, with your comparison: 80-guest Destination Wedding v. golf-course wedding, I think that honestly they’d come out around the same.

Some of this depends on where you’re thinking of having a Destination Wedding. A Destination Wedding in say, Costa Rica will probably be cheaper than a Destination Wedding in say, Tuscany. You might save some money becuase the likelihood of people attending your Destination Wedding goes down, so you might only be paying for 40-50% of your guest list, versus 70-80% for an in-town wedding. But you will have to pay for at least your own airfare and accomodations–and the hotel fees can add up if you are planning to stay for a week or so. You’ll be paying for the room as well as all the meals that you eat.  

The other thing to consider is that if you want a Destination Wedding that is more like a vacation and want to stay at your locale for a week or more, you might be paying for a few extras besides the wedding events as a courtesy  to your guests–ie, a rehearsal dinner for everyone instead of just the bridal party, chartering a tour and other activities, etc. Tourism in itself can also add up your costs.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m looking into a destination wedding as well. My fianaces family takes a family trip about every other year and overheard them talking about Cancun, Playa de Carmen trip again, so I turned to him and said, “why don’t we look into getting married there, everyone will already be there” I’ve already looked into 3 places I love in Playa de Carmen, 1st pick is RIU Resort. Does anyone here planning on or already got married in Playa de Carmen that they can share some info 🙂

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Anyone done a Destination Wedding in Cancun? Mine is booked for Dreams Resort in May. It is so hard to let go and not plan. I can’t imagine not doing anything before hand. YIKES!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Annoid:  

It depends on where your destination wedding is. Mexico is pretty affordable, so if you do one in say, Cabo or Cancun, the ranges tend to be anywhere from 2500 – 10k vs here in SoCal golf club-type weddings can be anywhere from 15k – 50k. So yes, it can be cheaper. I’d say the only exception to this is Hawaii, those destination weddings can be pretty pricey, on par with US country club style weddings.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@adielej:  

I’m getting married at Dreams in Cancun this saturday, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you. You’re going to have to do some planning if you are going to have wedding programs and favors, Dreams does not do that for you.

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