I guess the budget depends on what you really want.
We didn't have a strict budget. We just went and looked at what we wanted, compared the options, and choose whatever we saw fit. We did have an initial amount in mind for the overall budget but we went about 30% over... which is alot, but to us doesn't seem like a big deal considering we had the most amazing day of our lives. It was all worth it. If you can't afford it, I'd say don't go for it. We of course didn't go overboard on things, we stuck with what we wanted and could afford.
I don't think there were any surprises or hidden expenses... The only thing I was a bit confused with was the wedding package at the Grand Palladium. Since we had so many guests and wanted a private reception, we had to pay alot of extras (chairs for the ceremony, sparkling wine toast, dinner, etc.) It seemed like nothing was included in the package. Remember that it covers only 8 guests!
They have plenty of times for the ceremony but you do have to pick a time when you book your date. They can have up to 3 weddings a day but only one per time (does that make any sense?). They do this in order to allow you to choose the location you want for the ceremony without having to worry about someone else booking the same location (both gazebos, church, beach, etc). This you can pick when you get on site.
Our reception was at La Laguna (private) from 7PM to 11PM. We did dinner and some dancing. At 11PM, the DJ stopped playing but they will stop your music as well if you're using an ipod. They didn't push us out but guests started leaving soon after the music stopped anyways. I'm not quite sure how the dancing works at the a-la-carte restaurants, not sure whether you can have music and everything? Other past brides could probably answer this one...
Originally Posted by JND2012
Thank you! =)
Stephy - how did you plan your budget? Were there any hidden expenses that you weren't aware of?