(Closed) Cost for attending destination wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I just had a destination wedding in Puerto Rico over Thanksgiving weekend and I don’t know exactly how much each of my guests paid to get/stay there, but I would say that $1600 for each of you is a lot. Are you sure it’s not for the both of you together? Since you would be sharing a hotel room and it is an off season, so plane tickets shouldn’t be that much, I wouldn’t think. Is the bride telling you you have to stay in specific place? I secured a special rate for my guests at my wedding hotel, but also suggested other places and most of my guests ended up staying where they wanted to stay (and at rates they wanted to pay).

As a side note, yes, Sept. is hurricane season, but I think the past couple of years the weather has been pretty decent and there haven’t been any major hurricanes (but that’s just another reason why it shouldn’t be so expensive).

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

If you really want to go and you want it as your honeymoon, then I would just do a little travel research (I like kayak.com for getting a good idea of what things cost). My guess is that you could probably get some great package deals for that time of year for less than $1600/person and if she asks why you’re not staying at the wedding hotel, you have your honeymoon (and needing some alone time with your new hubby) as an excuse.

: )

Post # 6
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2007

Check out airfare on Spirit Airlines. They have flights from select cities to Montego Bay

It really depends on several factors:

Length of stay

All-inclusive vs. traditional hotel

Activities included

With a little bit more information, I am sure that people can tell you whether you are paying a fair price.


Post # 7
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2007

There are several factors that determine whether you are paying a reasonable price or not. May be you can provide a few more details.

Will it be an all-inclusive?

What is the name of the hotel? (I know many in Jamaica)

Are activities included in the cost?

Is airfare included?

Post # 8
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

That seems like a little high for off-season.  I would guess for a weeks stay at an all inclusive resort including airfaire and transfre you should be looking at about 1300-1400 each.  For our guests a weeks stay and airfare is running them between 900-1300 depending on the room they choose.

Post # 9
39 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

Seems a little high my guests are paying roughly $1000-1300 per person in St Thomas,  again depending on how long they stay is a big chunk.

Post # 10
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

$1600 each sounds like way too much to me! I totally understand where you are coming from…my friend had a Destination Wedding in USVI this year and we are getting married next year and we just couldn’t afford it (on top of everything FH is in the UK). My friend was really understanding and supportive…good luck 😉

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