posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Where was your DW? Rio Bueno, Jamaica, WI

How much did it cost? We booked at an all-inclusive that does weddings at no charge, planned our date around their big festival, so reception cost was eliminated.  We paid for our attire and brought music.  Cake, flowers. champagne reception with signature drinks etc all included, and were great.  Other than our travel and accomodations our biggest expensises were the Out of Town bags I did for everyone, they were about $50 each with all the gear we packed inside.  I negotiated a great rate, for our guests under $200 per person, per night which turned out to be an amazing deal for all the amenities we got.

How many people? 35 including us

How long before your wedding did  you book? 18 months

Did you have the people who wanted to go pay for themselves? Yes, some stayed only 2 nights, others 7, most were there for 4-5 nights.

PM me for additional information, it was a wonderful experience, and everyone had such a good time we are planning a trip back next year at the same time, likely to the same resort… yes, it was that fantastic! 

Post # 5
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

There are dozens of resorts who include weddings, we used Breezes, but all of the Super Clubs resorts do too.  We also looked at other islands, and eliminated all for various reasons, again, PM me for more info. 

Post # 6
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We are getting married on the Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America.  

In one big figure……. It cost my parents about $8,000.  Now that’s for flying 10 people down there, and their rooms for 6 nights.  (and my room for 8 nights). Plus the wedding cost.  that figure doesn’t include the food and activites while we are there.

I only invited immediate family (Aunts, uncles, cousins) and a few close friends.  We have about 20 people paying their own way to come join us. I just gave them the info and they all booked it themselves.

I visited Belize a year before my wedding so I could pick out a venue/hotel and make sure that’s what I really wanted.  I put a deposit down on the day I wanted about 8 months in advance, and just booked the hotel rooms last month.

It took about 2 months of researching prices, flights, etc. before deciding on Belize.  And I couldn’t be more excited to get there 45 days from now!

Let me know what questions you have.  I did all my planning myself, so I can probably offer help if needed! 


Post # 7
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are getting married on the beach at Barcelo Palace in Riviera Maya, MX in June 2010.  We started looking at least a year before and these all inclusive places book FAST! We secured a travel agent and sent out a flier with all the information so people could make deposits and pay monthly. We actually went to MX last September and met a few wedding planners at resorts. Some of these places suck!! Im glad we went down there. Barcelo is awesome.  Its hard to tell on a website what everything looks like..We are paying for everything ourselves. the wedding itelf including a wedding package and extras is going to be about 7-8000.  Plus our flight + hotel and we also have 5 kids we had to get there and passports!! All inclusive is the way to go.. All in all we had a wedding budget of about 20000 but hey, we wanted to do it and its our day!! We are still planning it now..We are having a rception with a dj and a sit down dinner…Good Luck!!

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

Where was is DW?  Riviera Maya, MX.  Xpu-Ha beach.

How much did it cost? about 4,000 (thats ceremony, reception, decor, coordinator, etc)

How many people? We are looking at 30-40 attending even though we invited 180.

How long before your wedding did  you book?  I did my research about 2 years in advance and waited until the one year mark to start booking.

Did you have the people who wanted to go pay for themselves?  Yes they all paid for themselves.  We are not paying for anyone.  Everyone is so excited that they are more than happy to get pay for an awesome vacation.

My advice would be to first narrow down what your requirements are.  

  • Do you want to have a wedding at a resort or do you want something more private? (We choose to go off the resort for privacy and get an independent coordinator.)  
  • Are you looking for a location that has lots of activites off resort or more of a sit and relax on the beach type place?  (We love the Riviera Maya because there is so much to do that is not beach related.)
  • Think about your budget and which location would work in that range.  The trip itself might be one of the biggest parts of you budget.
  • Are there any special/specific vendors (like photogs) that you want?  Make sure to give that some thought when picking a location.  (Our photographer was one of our big pluses for picking the Riviera Maya.

What we did was picked a few location that we were very intrested in and then stalked photographs blogs from those areas.  They will give you a real feel of the locations and even some ideas on what to expect.
Good luck and if you need any more help let us know.  I research so many locations I can probably answer any questions you have.  LOL =)

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Where is my DW?  Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

How much did it cost?  Not sure yet, just signing contract this week!  But, estimating it on the higher end, as it’s not an all-inclusive resort.

How many people?  We’re inviting about 120-140, which is astonishingly only family and close friends.  We’re definitely not expecting them all to come, though we shall see!

How long before your wedding did you book?  Well, we got engaged New Years Day, 2010.  We just went on a site trip last weekend, the first weekend of February.  And we’re signing the contract this week for a wedding on 10/30/10!  So, about 8/9 months out?

Did you have people who wanted to go pay for themselves? Yes!  But, we did try hard to find a resort that would accommodate all our guests varied budgets, we are paying for transport from the airport to the hotel and back, we’re doing a welcome cocktail hour, a rehearsal dinner the next night, and a farewell brunch in addition to the reception and wedding.  And we’re going to do some fairly substantial Out of Town bags (yay for a Walmart in Playa del Carmen!).

Anything else?  I mean, I am still in the opening stages of planning, but I am so far not finding it too hard at all!  I definitely felt that a site visit was important, however.  As a venue I thought that I’d love from pictures and reviews, turned out to not have a great “vibe.”  We went with what we thought would be our second choice, but ended up LOVING it so much more!  


Post # 10
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

Where was your DNW?

St. Thomas


How much did it cost?

original budget was 4000, including rings, but I think I went over that due to financial changes since I got engaged in Jan. 09.


How many people?

we have 9 people plus us booked so far


How long before your wedding did you book?

wedding coordinator – 1 year

airfare – 3 months

hotel – 4 months

cake girl – 3 months

reception site – 3 months


Did you have the people who wanted to go pay for themselves?

Absolutely! I am not that kind of rich! I paid for the photographers room and flight (he is a close friend of FI) and 1 night for all the wedding attendants hotel (about $125 for 4 people) and wedding attire as their gift.


and anything else you can possibly tell me to help me plan mine!!!

Don’t make decisions about things *just* because you’re having a dw. I have decided everything based on what I would do if I was getting married at home.

Example – I thought I had to get a chiffon beach-y wedding dress because my wedding is on a beach. So that’s what I bought. I didnt love it and kept looking at other gowns I liked better. I ended up selling it – at a loss – and buying one I love  – an A-line, strapless, lace and beaded dress with a train – and honestly, I haven’t looked at other wedding dresses since I decided on it.


Post # 11
16 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

The wedding hasn’t happened yet but it will be at the Grand Palladium Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic this April.  Most of the guests are staying at the adults only Royal Suites Turquesa which is part of the Grand Palladium complex but a handful of friends with children are staying at the Grand Palladium Bavaro.  We wanted to be able to stay in the adults only section but also to visit freely with our guests with kids.

The actual wedding and reception will cost around $4k including the legal ceremony expenses, live music, cocktail hour, flowers, private reception, DJ, cake, and wedding coordinator.

We invited 104 people (family and close friends) and have about 45 attending.  All guests are paying for themselves.

We booked 7 months ahead and I would definitely recommend doing it earlier than that.  All inclusive resorts get booked up very quickly for weddings.

A lot of the planning happens once you get to the resort (i.e. picking out flowers, menu, decorations, etc) so make sure you are comfortable with that before settling on a destionation wedding.  I had a hard time the first few months with feeling like I wasn’t accomplishing anything.

Best of luck!

Post # 12
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Where was your DNW? Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida

How much did it cost? The wedding itself was about $15k but that includes the party the night before, the ceremony and the reception (plus taxes and service charges) but does not include the honeymoon.

How many people? 36

How long before your wedding did  you book? Almost a year

Did you have the people who wanted to go pay for themselves? Yes….we didn’t pay for anyone.  We felt those that wanted to be with us would travel and those that wouldn’t didn’t. But we also knew all our guests situation and we didn’t ask anyone to travel that couldn’t afford to go. Some guests are coming down for the whole week and other’s are coming down for just a few days.

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