Post # 1
J and I are getting frustrated with feeling like everything is out of our price range, and seriously considering a Destination Wedding, but we kind of need to decide by the end of the week (…yeah).
I’m googling destination weddings, and they all look like they’re for 8-30 people. I’d guess we’ll have 50-100 who would want to come (maybe I’m being too optimistic). Is that possible? A lot of the packages I’m seeing are just a ceremony for 2! While I love the $900 price tag that accompanies that, I don’t think our families will go for it 🙂 and it’s not really what we want.
So ~ have any of you found a Destination Wedding that offers receptions for 50+ people? Where, and how much are you paying (not including guest accomodations/airfare)?
Post # 3
Sorry if this is a silly question.. but your wedding is in West Michigan? Have you considered just calling it a long-distance wedding and planning it regular style, just booking a LARGE number of rooms, and arranging for transportation (maybe a bus)?
If you actually are looking for a destination and trying to arrange it, then I can’t really help you.. unless you’re thinking of Malaysia (where we’re getting married) and I can hook you up with FI’s uncles, who are conveniently wedding planners 🙂
Also, a butt-load of people said they would come with us, but when we actually set a date, most backed down (which makes my life astronomically easier) but depending on how expensive it is / how far away, I wouldn’t expect a full turn out. We went from around 40-50 to about 20.
Post # 4
My parents live in WMichigan; I grew up there. Half of my family and all of J’s lives there, plus a lot of mutual friends. We’ve been looking at venues there all week (neither of us lives in town, but I’m here on vacation this week) and have been incredibly disappointed.
So we’re thinking maybe DW???
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
Plan it as if you were a local at wherever it is you want to get married at. Where do people that live there get married? Also, I didn’t bother saying I was a Destination Wedding bride until after I was finished getting all the details from venues. I don’t know if it helped or not, but a lot of times they will try and sell you the “no hassle Destination Wedding package”, which is more like the 30 people thing you are talking about. I have a bigger guestlist in mind too, so that wasn’t going to work.
Post # 6
Where are you thinking of going for your wedding? I think that would help us help you. For instance mine is kind of a Destination Wedding bc it is in Vegas, but we aren’t doing a ‘Vegas-style” wedding. We are just doing it there because its more accommodating for our guest to travel there instead of any specific location where our family is located.
Post # 7
Where in W Michigan have you looked Grand Rapids? Traverse city? What area?
Post # 8
Our families live in Grand Rapids. I’m kind of … over it.
We’d go somewhere warm and tropical, caribbean or hawaii or something like that if we do a Destination Wedding.
Post # 9
ok. I was going to ask if you’d looked into the Amway Grand. I went to College at Hope and we had our winter formals there. It’s really pretty. Not warm and tropical though!
Post # 10
@starfish, yeeeeeeeeeah Amway Grand is like … more than our whole budget. Just to rent the room. Okay, not THAT much, but it ain’t cheap!
We’re poor 🙂 but we have a crackload of friends. We’re gonna have to forget that we’re friends with some of ’em soon though, I’m afraid…
Post # 11
The most I’ve seen is aroune 24 people, however you have the option of paying extra for each extra individual.
In my experience, you will probably not get as many people coming as you first thought, because even if people say they are interested, many circumstances in life occur that prevent them from being able to pay for this kind of vacation.
Anyway, here’s the link to the company we used, it could give you an idea! Good luck!
Post # 12
We are having a destination wedding in Nassau, The Bahamas. We are expecting about 80 guests. The total costs are:
Reception Venue (dinner, open bar): 45/person for dinner, 45/person open bar: approximately 7500
Wedding Package (ceremony site, limousines, musician trio, minister, marriage license, planner, videographer, arch): 6000
DJ, cake: 1800
Florist (reception decor, bouquets, arch, flower petals on aisle, chair decor): 6000
Photographer (brought in from US): 3750
Post # 13
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
What we found out when doing our research the two cheapest locations for DW’s are the Dominican Republic and Mexico. (We choose the Riviera Maya because we love it.) You could do a destination wedding for that many at one of hotels. The packages read for XX number of people but they usually just charge you a per head fee after that number. Another option is to hire a private coordinator to do the ceremony and then go back to the hotel for a group dinner.
As far as number of people it is really going to depend on the time of year and the people. For us we are inviting over 150 people and in reality we will probably get about 30. With that said we are getting married while school is still in session so that helped keep the guest count down. =)