Post # 1
H and I are planning on having a wedding celebration for our 6 year anniversary this next year, 2015. We wanted to do it this year, but due to visa issues and an international move, it just wasn’t in the cards.
So my question is, did you choose your destination location based on your guests budget being the primary concern? His family/friends would be coming from the Netherlands and mine from Michigan, so regardless someone will have to travel incredibly far.
How high of a priority was guest expense for you? Or did you just choose the place that you guys wanted most as a couple? TIA!
Post # 3
We did a little research on flights, but since we were wanting to go somewhere in the Caribbean, I mostly relied on TripAdvisor reviews and top 10 lists to see which resorts and which islands would give us the best experience. We have an extremely short guest list so I suppose the guest expense was not a high priority.
Post # 4
@pandabee: Thanks for your input. I’m just nervous that if we choose a true destination (neither of the areas our friend or family are) that very few of the people on my guest list could make it due to financial constraint.
His family will travel pretty much anywhere…..so that isn’t an issue.
Fun stuff, this planning business.
Post # 5
Price for our guests was definitely a huge factor in selecting where to get married. We wanted to make it affordable for our guests, but also somewhere we loved. We gave our guests 15 months notice and also set it up to where they could make payments on the trip up until about 90 days before. Everyone appreciated this & we had a much larger turn out then expected. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 6
We got married in Scotland because that is where DH’s parents are – and they aren’t able to travel so having them come to the US just wasn’t an option. We knew it would be expensive, but we also knew it was a place that many of our friends/family wanted to go. Most made a vacation out of it.
Yes, many of my friends couldn’t come due to cost – we’re teachers so money is tight – but we knew that and were not offended. It was just the reality of wanting to have DH’s parents there.
Post # 7
Yep, it’s definitely mostly based on cost for us. We narrowed down to three places (based on suggestions from our travel agent, Trip Advisor reviews, lol, and cost. We are still getting quotes back but the primary concern now is cost. We don’t want to break the bank for our guests, since we are all travelling for it (all inclusive resort).
Post # 8
@anp2014: We had a DW in Mexico last year, and our primary concern in choosing a location was finding an all inclusive was within a price range that we thought was appropriate for our guests, while passing the bar for our quality standards.
We did not choose based on their pricing for weddings, nor on their wedding locations, etc. As far as I was concerned, the most important criteria was to find a location where our guests would have a great time and feel like they got a good value.
Post # 9
Price was one of the factors we considered cause the pricer the place the less people would come. Luckily the resosrt we love and have been to before has decent pricing and we got a good group rate. Each person paid under $1200 to come to our wedding for an all inclusive resort. We had friends that got married after us and theres was $1900 per person which I think is way too much as it would be over $3000 per couple to go!
Post # 10
@cbgg: What resort did you end up choosing?
Post # 11
@Love_That_Never_Ends: The Now Amber in Puerto Vallarta. We wanted something on the west coast since all of our guests were coming from the west. It was totally luxurious.
Post # 12
@cbgg: Do you mind sharing what you paid for your wedding? How much was your lodging? And what was the wedding expense? Right now, we have a budget of $6,000 ($7,000 absolute tops) for travel and wedding expense… I’m seeing quotes and don’t know if we can do it with that budget…
(We are also having a reception back home a few weeks after destination wedding, which is why budget is important to stay within)
Post # 13
@Love_That_Never_Ends: Here’s a link to an old post where I shared a fairly detailed breakdown of the costs:http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/heres-what-my-mexico-destination-wedding-cost#axzz2tiujoioq
For 63 guests, I paid about $8000 in direct wedding costs to the resort (before taxes). This did not include travel for myself, my husband, or any guests. Travel cost about $1300 per person.
This also didn’t include any non-resort costs for the wedding such as clothing, photographer (I hired an outside photographer), invites, rings, etc.
I think that $6k including travel expenses is do-able if you are having a small group. I’d figure on about $3k in travel plus about $3k in wedding costs.
Post # 14
@anp2014: I’m confused- is this for a wedding or an anniversary party? you know your guests better, but I’d guess that most guests wouldn’t attend a destination anniversary party unless it was more than 15 yrs or so?
Post # 15
@anp2014: We were mulling over where to choose for our DW before we even got engaged. All of our guests will be coming from the same area as we are, so everyone’s expenses would all be pretty much the same.
We were thinking Dominican Republic, Hawaii, something tropical. Until FI and I went on a trip to Las Vegas.. I Love it there! even more so than Dominican Republic! So it was settled! Las Vegas was the place we chose.
We didn’t want to “tie” anyone to a beach vacation, because really, aside from relax/swim/eat/drink theres NOT much any of our guests would be doing (not that theres nothing to do on a beachy vacay – but most likley none of our guests would be interested in leaving the resort for excursions)
There’s TONS to do in Las Vegas, there were a million +1 venues to choose from, great food options, shopping, roller coasters, museums, I could go on and on. But to top it all off flights/hotels there are really reasonable, so though we didn’t really “consider the costs” for our guests when choosing Vegas — it just worked out that its fairly afforable!
Post # 16
@cbgg: Wow…. Is my budget totally unrealistic??? I”m about to cancel this whole thing!