(Closed) Are destination weddings cheaper?

posted 12 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sugarpug2012:  OH MY GOSH PLEASSSSEEEE HELP!!!! I don’t plan on doing programs but I can’t to a site visit beforehand so I’m going in blindly. If you can send me pics and let me know exactly what to do or not to do!! I need a mentor lol. I kind of want to know should I do beach or gazebo for ceremony, where should we do the cocktail hour, reception and rehearsal dinner!! any guidance would be SO appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sugarpug2012:  oh and congratulations on your wedding! It’s so close!! 

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@adielej:  I just came across this old thread while doing research for my own possible Destination Wedding — my best friebe got married at dreams and I was her Maid/Matron of Honor and helped her plan. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! 

Post # 35
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Newbee

If your looking at 80 or so guests, I don’t think you will save anything on a Destination Wedding. Living in a resort area and having worked at one of the hotels, destination weddings always seem to cost more. The problem is that you lose the ability to do a lot of cost saving things hiring your own caterer and bringing in your own alcohol.  Most venues will let you bring in your own cake but will charge you a “cake cutting fee” CRAZY! But they do.

Destination weddings are totally fun and if you book early enough, you can get a really good rate on a room block for your guests – that they pay themselves.

I would suggest you establish your budget first then see what you can get for your dollar.  Check here and get some great ideas for Weddings on a buget.

After you decide on a budget, and if you do want a Destination Wedding, check with all the hotels in the area you have chosen… Room blocks work differently and some hotels want you to pay a percentage up-front for the block. Find one that will do that – they are out there!

Good luck and have fun plannng.

 

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In my experience, I feel like yes it is cheapER but it’s certainly not as cheap as I thought it was going to be. It’s still costing us a small fortune despite the fact that I really wanted to keep costs down. Once you get going, there’s all these hidden “add-ons” that you never thought of and then of course, like others mentioned, you have to factor in the cost per guest plus your own vacation fee.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@egb:  We are doing it this way too and could not be happier!  We’re down to the last few weeks and there’s been no family drama and no one is losing their sh*t over stupid stuff…lol

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It will be cheaper for us. We have pretty casual wedding with 24 guests invited, so I dont have any bridal party, FH has best man, and he can take care of his outfit himself. No hens or bucks night, as most of our guests are from overseas. No wedding car, I will rent a room at wedding venue. No DJ, I will do ipod. I wont pay for anyone, except for my parent’s accomodation. It still costs AU$10k for venues, make up, photographer, wedding planner fee, reception, drink, bouquet, table centrepeices for 3 tables, wedding cake, favors, stationery etc, and including flights and accomodation for us (we both have free flights by accumulating enough points from American Express card). I think it’s still expensive and involve some stress, Sealed if I do it again, I will definitely do elopement (go for holiday, and then get married). Innocent 

 

Post # 38
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Wannabee

Do you mind me asking where you got married?!

Post # 39
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Newbee

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egb:  SO I have a question….my Fi and I are thinking of a destination wedding, we’re totally cool with whoever can make it and who cannot- their loss! haha  We’re did you get married, what all-inclusive?

And what do you suggest to do if some guests stay longer at the same hotel… I plan on having my honeymoon there after and I really don’t want to run into someone I see everyday while i’m there! ya know what I mean?  I just want it to be me and my husband.

Also, planning the wedding at the all-inclusive- how do you plan it with the coordinator over the phone? and customize it?!

 

Thanks!

-Kelly

Post # 40
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Newbee

Does anyone have any pics from their destination wedding!?!?

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 

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kellyannwhite320:  We are getting married at the Grand Palladium, Riviera Maya, Mexico.  I don’t have any pictures since we haven’t had the wedding yet.  As far as customizing goes the venue has a million options from a beach gazebo to a garden gazebo to a beach pergola and there are also a ton of options for dinner/receptions.  Personally, we are getting married in the beach gazebo, having a buffet dinner in the public buffet (not private) and then using the money we are saving from a private dinner to have a private beach bash reception!  I honestly couldn’t be more excited.  I’m right there with you, if people show up then great, if they don’t I don’t really care ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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kellyannwhite320:  I got married in January and blogged for WB.  My recaps are done and in the archives if you want to see pics from the Excellence in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  It was THE BEST, and all of our guests (23 total) raved about the entire vacation/wedding/experience.  Havinga  DW was the best decision ever.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Mrs. Border Collie:  I love that you blogged about your experience! Great recaps… very helpful. Your ceremony was beautiful and your wedding looked like so much fun! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m planning a Destination Wedding to Italy with about 15 guests.  We’re spending far less, primarily due to the number of guests.  We’d be at 150-200 here due to obligations.  There would be far more drama and insult if we stayed local and didn’t invite everyone.  It’s going to be about 10k for us total, including staying a full two weeks and rooms for everyone.  We’d have spent almost double that staying local.  We wanted small and intimate anyways though!  Our family members are definitely paying more to come, but they’re also ALL using it as a vacation.  Many are only staying a few days and then exploring through Europe.  I feel bad for those who couldn’t come, but not for those who are coming and getting a free week of a hotel to then afford to stay longer and explore.  We had a small engagement party, and might have a small reception dinner at a local restaurant, but that’s it.  No big parties here!

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