(Closed) Cost of your destination weddings, tell me about it!

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
278 posts
Helper bee

Thanks for putting up this post!  I’m eager to read all the responses!

Post # 4
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Getting married at St. George Island, FL.

Total invited guests 80, total rsvp 55-60

Doing Wed-Saturday. Wedding on Friday so will have food at our beach house (Hub) for all meals each day if people choose to come over to eat. Food and alcohol budget including reception is $3000.

Doing flowers myself, budget $250, only having 3 in wedding party plus dads and officiant and moms.

Rentals $600 tables, chairs, benches for beach, table linen

Music (steel drums and DJ) $750

Bartender $300 plus tip

Dress, hair, nails, veil, shoes, etc for me $1000

Groom $250

Photography $1300

Cake $250

Welcome baskets, decorations, gifts, miscellaneous $1000-1500

House rental (hub of all activities for the whole week) $4500

So all in all we will spend around $12,000. Would have spent double that at least having the traditional in town wedding and inviting everyone we knew!

This doesn’t include us buying some new outfits to wear for the week of vacation.

I am so excited about our destination wedding and so is all of our friends and family now that it is getting closer and closer to time when they can see the ocean and put their toes in the sand.

Post # 5
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Guests: Inviting: 220, Expecting: 100 (home town reception that a lot will attend)

Beach Permit, chair rental, etc: less than $500

Reception venue: $900

Food, alcohol, etc: $10,000

Flowers: $1,200

Music (steel drum & DJ too!): $750

Photography: $1,000

Not paying for hotel rooms for anyone.

Trolley service: $970

Our total budet is $20,000 (not including rings or honeymoon BUT including our hotel and travel plus all invitations and decor)

Post # 6
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

number of guests: 80

cost for venue: for ceremony it’s going to be about $1k

cost for reception: about $12k (friday wedding)

for flowers: I have $2400 budgeted but have not arranged a florist yet, so not sure if this is accurate

for photography: for just the photography and not including any albums/prints, it’s looking like appx $2500

and did you pay for the hotel rooms for guests or just for immed. family? As much as I’d love to pay for everyone’s rooms, I don’t have that kind of money! We’re just covering our own rooms and might help offset cost of wedding party’s rooms, but that’s about it.

Post # 7
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, and ours is on a Sunday at 3:30 with cocktail hour starting at 6:00

Post # 8
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My friend had a destination wedding and she said it all cost around 10k. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding so I was there and thought I would share what I know. Had about 30 guests. All inclusive resort so rehearsal dinner was free at the buffet. Everyone purchased their own rooms and flights. She did get flowers through her package. For dinner everyone had one meal choice and open bar, but I don’t know if it was extra since the resort had all you can drink as well. She also got her photography through her package. She did hire a dj  and she got two coordinators with her package. I did see a wedding the day before and they did not have a dj, they had a boom box and everyone was having a great time. This is in Mexico at an all inclusive resort. 

Post # 9
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Maui, Hawaii

number of guests: 28

cost for venue: for ceremony $800 plus $350 for shuttle service required to get to location, for reception $400

cost for reception: about $4k

for flowers: about $300

for photography: $2200 includes CD,prints, TTD shoot

and did you pay for the hotel rooms for guests or just for immed. family? My parents paid for 2 three bedroom condos that accomodated all the guests from my side of the family (about 60% of our guests) for a week.

Post # 10
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We did a 6 day/5 night cruise to Bermuda from NYC/NJ in October.  The ceremony took place the first day at the port of call.  We had a local reception a few weeks later since food and partying is pretty much taken care of on a cruise.  The ceremony package included cake and champagne.

number of guests: 40

ceremony: $3300

photography: $560

wedding coordinator (required): $150

hair: $72

transportation of guests to the beach in Bermuda: $325

accommodation: $1957 (tips incl)

guest gifts/drinks/misc: $1316

Total: $7680

We didn’t pay for anyone else’s room but we did get credit as group organizer for every person who booked under our name.  I used that credit to buy rounds of drinks (reflected above). 

Post # 11
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2001

Our wedding will be in the Cayman Islands.

We have booked our cruise for $419 a person. Everyone is going to be paying their own way. We haven’t been able to get prices for the flights yet, because it is too soon. But they will be around $200 round trip.

Our ceremony is only going to be around $1500 which will include a photographer for  an hour and a 1/2, we aren’t having anything big, just the normal vows, and we aren’t having a reception because we are having one when we return. We will have a little celebration for dinner those cost haven’t been brought up yet but i’m sure it’ll only be a few hundred dollars, and just going out to the bars on the ship. 


I am making my own bouquet as well at my bridesmaids and the boutiners. 

Post # 12
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Our wedding will be in yosemite, roughly a 4-hr drive from major cities.

number of guests: 80-90

cost for venue:ceremony ~1000 (includes church donation & chapel rental)

cost for reception ~12K (or less, hopefully)

for flower: $700 (costco + silk flower centerpieces)

for photography: <$3000

and did you pay for the hotel rooms for guests or just for immed. family?

I paid for immediate family (6 ppl including myself); everybody else, including wedding party, is paying their own.

I would say that it’s not too much more expensive than a wedding in the SF bay area since the SF bay area venues/vendors are just as expensive if not more. The cost not factored in is gas for driving and hotel cost out of the guests’ own pockets. The upside for the guests is that they don’t have to drive home after the reception.

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