(Closed) normal wedding or destination???

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think destinations weddings are actually pretty comparable to just having fewer guests locally. Not 100% on that, but I’ve seen a ton of posts from Destination Wedding brides who end up surprised about how much everything costs! I would call places and get quotes before you decide.

Post # 4
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3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t really understand how a destination wedding would be cheaper. You have to pay for flights, hotels, etc. Plus you are losing five hundred bucks by backing out of your venue.

While it is absolutely gorgeous, I don’t think you would be comfortable in that dress on the beach.

Why not just go on a honeymoon to the beach? 

Post # 5
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

While DWs have benefits, I knew most of the important people couldn’t afford it. They would either be missing or I would have to pay. I wasn’t going to save money. If the people aren’t important or can afford to be there, go for it!

Post # 7
Bee
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

There are so many things that can make a Destination Wedding less or more expensive. Location is a big one though. There is a HUGE price difference between somewhere like St. Lucia and the Riviera Maya. Both are amazing and both have 5 star resorts but things are simply cheaper in MX. 

In general I have to say having a Destination Wedding was pretty affordable for us. We spent less than we would have here in MI even though we chose some high-end items/vendors. For a private ceremony & cocktail hour we paid a little over $2k for 21 people. And then for the reception we paid $65 a person for a 4 course dinner (there were cheaper options but we choose the higher end one) and that included cake, open bar and no venue rental fee.

Now that dosn’t include our photographer or our DJ but prices for them were all over the board so it’s really up to you how much you want to spend on those things. Overall the DJ was cheaper than here in MI and photography was about the same.

Does that help at all? If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. =)

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

@soon2beMrsMills: Oh! I totally forgot to mention that a lot of the resorts offer a free, semi-private reception (aka you get a section of a resturant). We choose the private one so we ended up paying but I have talked to a lot of brides who did the free one and said it was great.

Post # 9
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5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think its cheaper in the sense that you get your wedding and honeymoon in the same time, Although I know it can be cheaper, but I also know that depends on how many guests etc. I know people that are spending well over the amount of Fiance and I’s wedding on their Destination Wedding. I think  you should really think about what you want before you decided and dont put any more deposits down until you know just so  you dont loose anymore money if you do decided to go the Destination Wedding rout.

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