(Closed) What is a reasonable amount for a guest to pay to go to a destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I say you should pick the resort you want; but that as a guest, I wouldn’t be staying longer than 3 days for a Destination Wedding… so the weekly rate doesn’t count in my case 🙂

Post # 4
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@am.coletta:  I think it depends on your family/friends finances. If I were doing a Destination Wedding (which I am not), I would feel as though I would have to choose the more budget friendly option, since most of my friends are students/recent graduates with not a lot of savings and a lot of student loans. However, if you think the people who you would most want to be there could afford something like the more luxurious one (and you give them plenty of time to plan and save), I could understand doing that, too.

Post # 6
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We are having a Destination Wedding. We thought we wiuld go for a more cost effective option, but in order to get what we wanted we ended up with a pricier one. I feel guilty about it, but the people who are closest to us keep saying they don’t mind. I know that some people won’t be able to afford it, so I guess you just have to decide if you are ok with that.

Post # 7
14570 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Personally, I’d prefer the budget one.  Im not into fancy resorts and the whole bit, its just a place to sleep for me, I rather save the money and spend it on excursions, food, or anything else.  But I agree with love108… what do you think your friends/family would prefer or could afford?

ETA: For me, unless it was a super close friend or family where I had to go to the wedding, but could only go for a weekend, I wouldnt want to spend more than 1500-2k for a weekend Destination Wedding.  If it were a close friend or family, and/or really liked the location, I’d make sure I could take the time off to go to the wedding, make a vacation of it and I wouldnt have a budget. 

Post # 8
8520 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think you should choose the resort that is what you want but I wouldn’t have the expectation of all your guests staying there. You could include information on nearby resorts at varying price points and let your guests decide what they can afford/want to stay at.


Post # 9
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@am.coletta:  I agree that it’s a matter of catering to your particular guest’s budgets.  We attended a Destination Wedding in Maui last year and it was quite pricy once all was said and done ($2500pp).  It was my husband’s sister, so we kind of HAD to go, but I have to say not many of her other friends came, and I would imagine the cost was a big factor in that.

In my opinion, DW’s are choosing a location over the convenience of your guests any way you slice it, and there’s nothing wrong with that… you just have to determine your priorities.

Post # 10
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@am.coletta:  can you check with a few close friends who are invited and see what they prefer?

Post # 11
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i had the same dilemma for our wedding and in the end, we went with the budget resort. We did this simply because we knew some our family and friends financial situations and figured they would be happier with a budget resort.  Besides we also figured if a guest really wanted a nicer hotel, then they could book a different one. but with a budget hotel, no one felt obligated to stay in a more expensive one.   And then for our own luxary enjoyment, we did a separate honeymoon in a different part of Jamaica after the wedding at a 5 star resort.   The wedding itself at the budget resort that we picked was amazing, so if you go that route, i would just look for reviews etc on the wedding department and what they offer and try to get in touch with other brides who had their weddings there. Because it definitely is possible to have the wedding of your dreams at a budget resort.

Post # 12
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

oh and in regards to reasonable amount for a guest to pay, that is up to you to decide ultimately.  We had decided that we didn’t want our guests to pay more than $1500/week pp.  So actually time of year when you go can be a factor in this as well.  We had our wedding just before low season so some of the resorts we really wanted were still too pricey. And the reason we didn’t have it later is because it would have been too hot for DH!  So i had to priortize his comfort on our wedding day with our guests budget, lol.  Specifically, our wedding was in April – had it been in May, we probably could have picked a resort with a slighly higher star rating!

Post # 13
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We compromised and went with a resort we loved at a good price and we will honeymoon at the #1 choice resort (Le Blanc). 

Our Destination Wedding is in Cancun, Mexico (Moon Palace).  On average, each guest is paying $1500 (including flight).  It is all-inclusive for food and each booking gets resort credits guests can spend on tours/activities/spa. 

It was the best value for our guests without sacrificing my expectations for quality.

Post # 14
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

The resort we wanted was a budget friendly one anyways because of where it is. The cost is around $1100 per person. Let just say my friends were happy to hear about the price 🙂 We have some friends of ours having a destination wedding in the same year and there wedding will cost $2000 per person which I think is quite pricey and I wouldnt go to  Destination Wedding wedding if it was that much per  person!  

Post # 16
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Gran bahia principe Coba is where i am getting married and it was $1200 per person out of Vancouver BC and $1000 out of toronto on. and it is a 5 star resort. I was there last January and am VERY happy with our choice. we have 50 confirmed guests

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