Post # 1
A friend of mine is getting married and wants to have a destination wedding, but only has $15,000 to spend. She is expecting 100-125 people to attend. Are there any destinations that she could do a really nice wedding for that budget. She is open to everything pretty much expect for cruises! Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
@jdawntelled: are 100 to 125 people really going to go to a destination wedding? I feel like that is a lot of people for somewhere potentially far away… Does she want in the US or out?
Post # 4
TRUE Destination Weddings tend to have much much lower turn outs … Like 0 to well under 50%… I have a feeling she is going to be disappointed if she thinks 125 Guests are going to show up
If she sticks with a mainland location her numbers will go up… And closer to home even more so
$15K is a decent budget she could still do something nice closer to home… If having Family & Friends there is truly importantt to her
Post # 5
Post # 5
I’ll add my 2 cents, Rosarito, Baja Mexico. It is convenient for guest to fly into San Diego and it is only a 25 minute drive from the border. You can also charter a bus to transport guest, which is relatively inexpensive too. There are lots of venue options here, rustic, beach or vineyards. I was married here and I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I’d be happy to answer any specific questions. I also have a blog about my wedding experience and information on some venue availabe there. Let me know if you’re interested and I can PM the link.
Post # 6
I think the Dominican Republic is super cost effective. Lots of bang for your buck. I also agree, that I’m not sure if it’s realistic to expect 125 at a destination wedding. We invited 106 and it looks like 30 are attending.
Post # 7
jdawntelled: I would say Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, etc) or Dominican Republic. They have mostly all-inclusive resorts and most of them offer nice wedding packages. However, I have to respectfully disagree with PPs regarding how many people show up. It just depends on the financial/vacation time situation of the bride’s guests, but I’ve heard on many occasions that people were expecting 40, but 70 showed up– literally. Some people will want to book a trip to your wedding who weren’t even invited.
We’re inviting 80 to our Destination Wedding, and so far over 60 are coming.