(Closed) How much was/is your budget for destination elopement?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SimpleGifts:  Ooh, this pertains to us!!!  I will get my spreadsheets ready and report back!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OK, I have a grand estimate of $6,401.  We are leaving for the trip in one week!  It’s an 11 day/10 night road trip to Canada.   I may have guessed a little low for the food.  I want to experience some nice dinners, but it’s hard to say since we won’t really know where we are eating.

Food (not in package) – we get some meals included in our elopement package but I calculated that we’ll need 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners. 

Attire – includes my dress, alterations, shoes, jewelry, FI’s suit, shirt tie, etc and his ring.  I’m not going with a wedding band, just reusing my e-ring since it’s such a wide band already.

Photography – I bought engagements here in our state but we haven’t used her yet (I cancelled a wedding we did have planned, but we still have to use or for something unless we’ll be out $300).  We’ll probably just do lifestyle shots or family shots since we’ll already be married when we get to use her!  Then I hired a Calgary photographer for 3 hours to shoot for the wedding day.

Ceremony – this includes the marriage license for British Columbia and the officiant’s fee

Details – this is the value of the details part of the elopement package (wedding coordintator, dinner, breakfasts, bouquet, boutonneire, chapmagne, officiant arrangement, chairs for two winesses, wedding gift, use of Viewpoint).

Lodging – this is for 10 nights.  2 nights are in the upscale lodge where the elopement will take place; 5-6 nights will be camping, and 1-2 nights will be in other hotels.  We’ll be moving around to new places.  I am picking campgrounds with showers!  We are campers so this does not bother us.  Fiance said we’ll get tired of staying in fancy places every night.  LOL

Gas – I guessed 2400 miles at $4.50 a gallon.

Extras – getting my hair done, and we are buying two annual park passes since the lodge is in a national park and we’ll be seeing several parks during this trip.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If we had to fly and rent a car I can see this total going up $2000 easily.

If we want to add in my engagement ring, then we’re over $9k.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@SimpleGifts:  We’re not getting married yet, but I imagine it’ll be < $1,000 for all the wedding stuff. So officiant, dress, bouquet, etc. We’re not doing anything fancy at all, and likely won’t hire a photographer. We’re eloping to Banff, Canada.. and staying at the Chateau Lake Louise. We live within driving distance.

The Chateau LL is our favorite hotel, which is expensive… but we do this trip every year or so anyway. So I am not sure whether or not to include this in the cost. Between the room rate and the meals it’ll probably cost us around $1,000/night. Maybe more since we’ll likely be going in peak season (summer). We’d likely stay for 3 nights or so. This would be part of our honeymoon.

We’re planning on buying a place in the States to vacation at (likely in Phoenix or Palm Springs), so we’d just stay there for the rest of the honeymoon. Of course none of this is set in stone yet so who knows what will happen when the time comes.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO – sienna76:  Re – Gasoline

In Canada we sell Gas by the litre… and there are 3.785 Litres to a US Gallon (so we can compare apples to apples here)

According to Gas Buddy the current prices for a Litre of Regular

In Calgary = aprox $ 1.139 Average / and $ 117.9 HIGH

In Banff = aprox $ 1.209 Average

In Jasper = aprox $ 1.199 Average

That works out to a LOW of aprox $ 4.31 CDN for a US Gallon, and a HIGH of aprox $ 4.58 CDN for a US Gallon

So your aproximations are pretty good.

Thought you’d appreciate knowing.

PS… In Canada, the price at the pump is the price you pay… all applicable taxes are included not extra

PPS… And as of today, the 2 Currencies are almost at par.  $ 1 US Dollar gets you $ 0.988 Cdn (so we are slightly ahead in value).  Of course currency exchange is a whole other ball of wax and depends on how you go about getting Canadian Money.  As a general rule of thumb though using Plastic is your best bet… be that a Credit Card for larger purchases, or whatever card you put into an ATM to get hard currency (both are the best way to incur the lowest transaction fees for “buying” money)

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@This Time Round:  Hey, thanks!  That is good to know! I love that you gave me all those Liter estimates!

 

Throughthebarricade’s chateau is actually ~45 minutes from our elopement lodge, believe it or not!

 

We’ve been practicing our Canadian accents at home just to be silly LOL. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@sienna76:  Haha yes it is funny how we are thinking so similarly w. our weddings.

I didn’t even realize that Canadians had accents until my bf told me. I’ve lived here for most of my life and I guess I’m used to it. I know that in Newfoundland people speak a bit weirdly, but whenever I go to the States people don’t ask me where I’m from or anything! 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SimpleGifts:  We WERE going to spend over $10k on a Jackson Hole wedding (without a honeymoon), but we cancelled for several reasons.

I didn’t want to spend QUITE that much on our weddingmoon, but aimed for $5,000.  It’s OK if we go over.  Then we bought ourselves Invisalign (teeth) braces with the money we did not use.  How romantic!  LOL

Can you see a mountain theme here?  If the Tetons were going to be the backdrop before, the we needed to go bigger as our consolation prize for cancelling the wedding.

What are your budget projections?

Post # 14
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  • Wedding: August 2012

@canarydiamond:  LOL!  I suppose everyone has an accent to someone else, well in most cases!  I have a Chicago base accent mixed with Utah. 

We are friends with a Canadian family here in Utah (our ski partners) and the husband says “eh” probably 100 million times and even types out “eh” in his emails.  I’m sure they are not all as bad as he is LOL.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We will be spending about $30,000+. We wanted to do a destination wedding out of preference not for financial reasons. It really bugs me when people look down on our wedding as opposed to a local wedding….

Everything is crazy expensive in HI. We were planning not to spend more than $10,000 at first but that quickly became impossible. Our plane tickets cost about $3,300 for Fiance, our daughter, and myself. Then our resort cost $4,000 for 11 nights. My nails alone will be costing me $250 at their spa. We have a 22 person wedding and dinner will cost $95 per person not including drinks. Flowers are costing us $4,000 probably because is an island and the mark up is ridiculous. We are paying about $3,000 for our photographer and videographer. Then there are all of the little cost like chairs, my dress, his tux, jewelry, daugher’s dress, her shoes, our shoes, our rings, blah blah blah….it’s overwhelming! 

I honestly thought it would be cheaper. The wedding packages looked so good at first glance and we were only suppose to have 6 guest and no bridal party. How quickly things change when you let your family have too much say…

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