Post # 1
Hey Bees! I’m thinking about having a Destination Wedding in Mexico. However, I have no idea what to expect as far as costs. How much did you spent? Where did you get married? Resort? Any ideas, would really help.
Post # 3
@Ms_Destination Wedding_bee: Much of it will depend on what sort of wedding you’re looking for and how many guests you’ll be having.
For just the basics, many resorts will offer you a free wedding ceremony and small dinner if you book into a certain room category/stay x number of nights.
I’d highly recommend connecting with a travel agent who specializes in DWs. I am using Beach Bum Vacations and they’ve been fantastic.
I’m getting married at Azul Sensatori in Riviera Maya. Our wedding is “free” and then we’re paying extra for private events: a cocktail hour and reception. I’m still adding things, but for ~25 guests we’ll be spending around $3000, decorations included.
There’s also a great destination wedding message board out there that’s not part of Wedding Bee. I’d google and try to find that for a wealth of information.
Post # 4
@Ms_Destination Wedding_bee: look into AM resorts.. its a parent company of Dreams, Jade etc resorts. You can’t go wrong with AM resorts. I’m getting married at a Dreams Resort.. I haven’t decided which one yet though. My BFF got married at Dreams Cancun and it was amazing. The packages range from 1000-3000 for 20 ish people. The webistes have all the info on what the packages offer etc.
I would look into Jade Resorts and Dreams Resorts.. that’s what I’m doing.
Definitely look into a travel agents that deal with those resorts on a regular basis. I have a recommend if you plan on doing an AM resort or a Dreams resort.. let me know if you need that info
Post # 5
@Ms_Destination Wedding_bee: welcome to the hive.
i second the AM resorts. i personally have been to the now jade twice and loved it. we went back for our honeymoon. i met a couple of brides that got married there and they could not say anything negative. this resort does an average of 60 weddings a month and you can choose from a few different locations for your ceremony and your reception.
also, the nice thing with this resort is that it is not far from the airport.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the info. It was really helpful. I will look into those resorts. I’m thinking, I will have around 30 or more guests.
Post # 7
@Ms_Destination Wedding_bee: Highly recommend Barcelo Maya Resort in the Mayan Riviera.
The site below has a very helpful forum for everything related to the resort and a whole section on weddings with tons of personal pics etc.
Post # 8
We’re not doing all inclusive and I think, in retrospect, it’s been kind of a budget buster. I wouldn’t change my choices (I had a really hard time finding a resort/location I liked that would allow kids, and most of our guests will only be able to come for a few days – all things that made AI hard for us), but my 2 cents is that it really does help with expense.
Post # 9
I’m in the midst of planning for a wedding at Now in PV (it’s one of the AM resorts). I’m not sure exactly what it will costs, but since we’re having a larger group (estimate about 50 attendees) and are doing quite a few add-ons I’m guessing the total cost at the resort for the wedding will be about $8000.
This, of course, doesn’t include costs like the dress and other clothing, the actual cost of staying at the hotel, wedding party gifts, favors/oot bags, rings, etc.
That said, the base packages range from free to $3000. The $3000 includes pretty much everything you need for a 25 person wedding (including coctail reception and dinner!). When you start adding marachi bands, DJs, extra decor, and (especially) extra guests you can really spend as much as you like!
Post # 10
@cbgg: I know!! And I want all of that! I was also thinking about PV, but not in a resort. Somehow, I don’t feel comfortable with resorts charging a fee for non-guests. All of my guests have different tastes/budgets and I don’t want to force them to stay at the resort that we choose.
I’m looking into Vallarta Adventures. The reception/ceremony is in an island called Las Caletas. For dinner, dj, drinks, cermony, flowers, bouquet, transportation (boat), I had an estimate of $8,000 for 30 ppl.
Post # 11
Thanks for all your great ideas/suggestions!!! 🙂