(Closed) Desination wedding it is! Ladies need your help!

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are having around 60 people attend our wedding in Jamaica. I say the more the merrier! When I tell people how many guests we are having I always get weird looks, but my Fiance has such a large family and our friends were all excited for the Destination Wedding. Its much easier to plan if the resort has a wedding planner – all can be done for you!

Post # 5
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ puggie – it may or may not be cheaper. It depends on your resort and what type of wedding you have (super vague, sorry!)

Our wedding in MX for 25-30 people will cost us about what we’d spend in the US for 100 people, BUT we knew that when we booked our resort. It’s a timeshare type resort and is NOT all inclusive. SO, we are paying around $250/person at the reception (this includes food, open bar at the wedding, tables, table decor, flowers for the table, cake (cheesecake), some lighting, and an open bar for an hour after the wedding before dinner, and all tax, tips & service). We pay extra for photographer, apps, ceremony, DJ, extra lighting, etc. 

If you have it at a resort that is all inclusive it really can be a lot cheaper that having it in the US. You won’t pay for food, beverage, apps, venue, etc. You will probably still pay for DJ, flowers, decor, etc. 

As for details – I LOVE MY RESORT PLANNER. I really haven’t stressed about any of the details. She has been handling all of the details. I just send her pics of what I want/like and she gets me prices for them and works with all of the vendors. easy-peasy. 

The most stressful part has been working with the group sales person to arrange the group rate for our guests, since the rate they gave us wasn’t really the lowest and our guests started booking through travel sites like Orbitz… and I had to get them to lower our rate and apply those guests to our “block”. 

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

For us it is certainly cheaper – I believe that for our wedding size in Riviera Maya of about 70-80 people, we will end up paying 1/2 as much as we would have for even the same amount of people in Chicago!  It’s amazing the value you can get by doing it a resort and getting a package that INCLUDES the flowers, food, and all that. 


Make sure your wedding coordinator at the hotel is on the ball – sometimes they can be slow to respond but just keep in touch with them to make sure your wedding requests are being taken care of.  GOOD LUCK!!!

Post # 7
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hello – I just got married in Aruba with 83 guests attending.  It was a great time!  I think the more the merrier is the way to think for destination weddings.  I don’t think planning a destination wedding with a larger number of guests is that much more difficult than one with a smaller guest count…except maybe budget wise.   For instance, regardless of how many people attend, you will still need to decorate the venue, hire a DJ, decide on flowers, etc.  The only thing that may be difficult are the activities and making sure people show up on time.  We did 2 optional events, one rehearsal dinner with just the bridal party and family and a private catamaran sunset sail that people could RSVP to if they wanted to attend.

Good luck and have fun!  You won’t regret it!

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

A lot of the cost will depend on your reception and cost per plate.  Our resort had two options; private reception with pay per person for dinner or section off an area of one of the restaurants and have the dinner be free. Even with paying per plate we spent less than we would have here in MI.

Post # 9
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having a large destination wedding in Mexico (expecting about 100 people) and for what we are getting we are spending a significant amount less than we would be if we had it in California. We are still spending a lot of money (weddings are expensive!), but it is a fraction of what it would cost to get married in a comparable venue with an open bar and great food.  

Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ Puggy- I just wanted to say congrats on the decision to have a destination wedding!!  You have probably already been on this forum but wanted to tell you about it just in case…I have pretty much planned my wedding by looking at what other brides have done/said in their reviews at http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com  Having your wedding at an all-inclusive resort will most likely be less expensive than having it in the US.  It can get expensive if you decide to use outside venders b/c the resort will make you pay some additional fees to have them at your wedding.  Happy planning 🙂

Post # 11
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are having a destination wedding in Costa Rica. Originially we (I) wanted to do 30 of our closest friends and family. By the time we sent our save the dates the guest list had gone up to 75 and now it looks like we are inviting 120. hahaha.

I am hoping only about 60 actually attend, but since we aren’t doing a package deal it won’t add that much to our costs. We rented a villa (http://www.facebook.com/puntodevistacr) and will have the original 30 stay with us and since the house comes with a chef he’ll be making dinner at $30/person (including wait staff) and we will provide our own drinks and just hire bartenders ($50/per bartender for four hours).  I think it should be fine.

Congratulations on your decision and happy planning!

Post # 12
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The Destination Wedding is absolutely cheaper then if we got married where we live! We are getting married on the beach with the reception on the beach = no decorations necessary. We splured on a band and a photographer, but not too much else. We are keeping it simple as there is no need to decorate a beach. The view is decoration enough.

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