Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
kburton

Affording a destination wedding

Recommended Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by photographerShay View Post
Cost is a major issue for me too, so my wedding is no where near what some of the girls on here are doing. Yes, some are having extravagent but very beautiful weddings....that's just not in my budget unfortunately.

I may get some backlash for saying this, but I actually disagree with the advise to hire a travel agent (just my opinion). If you take the time to research and really dig using the various forums and google searches, you can find all kinds of options and determine the least expensive choice that still meets your standards.

For me, Playa del Carmen was still too pricey so I started looking in other areas. I found a place in Akumal that does very low-key, laid-back beach weddings (just my type) and the hotel rates were incredible. Yes the location isn't as opulant as some of these resorts.....but it's nice....

So I guess I'd say maybe be open to the idea of making some compromises to get what you want (beach wedding with family). :) feel free to PM me if you'd like info on what I'm doing, but I'll post full reviews w/ pics after my wedding.... :)
I think a TA can be really helpful, and the person that we used got us better deals than anything we or our guests found online on our own. Plus, like Morgan mentioned they had the option to just pay a deposit and the remainder of the trip balance later or set up a payment plan where if you book online your paying for everything up front.

We looked into options in the states, but it would have cost us just as much as having a wedding at home and in my opinion not as nice. In Mexico everything is included and the wedding packages are so cheap!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by photographerShay View Post
Wow, sounds like you did great Morgan!! I'm spending $350 also and get all that you listed except champagne (but I wouldn't have wanted that anyhow so that's ok). The hotel for my guests is only $50/night, but we're not at a big resort.... of course the only people attending is our daughter and our two sets of parents. So we're having a very small, intimate, casual event. I can't wait! cheesy.gif
Oh, with that small of a guest list a TA wouldn't be a huge help. We only had 25 people total, but over 60 that were interested. It would have been a PITA to deal with all of their questions. it was great to be abe to say, "email the TA."

a casual wedding is nice. I don't think I would have enjoyed it with many more people.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morgan View Post
this isn't backlash at all. but, I did the digging & found a really nice hotel that was cheap. then i hired the TA just to do the bookings. she was cheaper than what I could get online. sometimes the price matched, but it was never higher.

the best part was that guests only had to put down a deposit. for me, that was the best part of having a TA.

I live in NC & we thought about having it at a beach here. but, by the time you figure in flights, rental cars, hotels, meals etc. it probably would have cost about as much per person. It definitly would have been a lot more for us.

our guests kept commenting on what a great value the trip was. it was also a great value for us. the wedding (ceremony, champagne, decor, officiant, music, mic..really everything we needed for the wedding) was only $340. Then we had dinner in a hotel restaurant together. the actually wedding day was super cheap. I would not have been able to pull off something like that in the states for that price.

I'd check with the people who you would not want to have your wedding without & see if the price works for them. we knew our parents & siblings could make it. others couldn't because they didn't have the vacation time or budget, but we were fine with that. we wanted a small group anyway.

OMG after reading this I kind of feel like I got screwed! Our guests are paying about $145 per night, and this is not all-inclusive. I thought it was a good rate but after reading I'm not so sure anymore. And my site is way more expensive too! sad.gif Its $1000 not including any flowers or decorations (that is just to use the site and officiant I think)...def does not include bubbly! Sounds like you ladies got a hell of a deal - i'm so jealous!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was a stressful part of our decision to do a destination wedding as well. I'm sorry that you are having a hard time, but keep looking around. Have you looked at Occidental Grand Punta Cana?

 

That is where I am having my wedding. They have very reasonable wedding packages and rates...the only expensive thing for us is the flight, but that would be expensive no matter where you go these days. I believe our guests are looking at a little over $1,300 for 6 nights/7 days, all-inclusive, plus direct flight from Charlotte to PC.

 

Hope that helps...good luck!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KBurton,

 

I think you have to keep in mind of what is most important to you and your FH.

 

For me it was to get married, and we could not afford to have a wedding at home that I would be happy with, that is why we chose a destination wedding.

 

of course I wanted everyone to attend our wedding, but in the end I was not going to cancel my plans because of other people not being able to make it. you can't please everyone. for me, the most important person to make it was my FH. I know this can sound harsh, but weddings can get so stressful and I think that you should not have to go in debt for a wedding at home because people can't make it to a destination wedding.

 

so just do what you want and stop worry about other people, from my experience so far of planing, if you listen to everyone, you will brake down.

 

Good Luck.elefant.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jessica&Adam View Post
OMG after reading this I kind of feel like I got screwed! Our guests are paying about $145 per night, and this is not all-inclusive. I thought it was a good rate but after reading I'm not so sure anymore. And my site is way more expensive too! sad.gif Its $1000 not including any flowers or decorations (that is just to use the site and officiant I think)...def does not include bubbly! Sounds like you ladies got a hell of a deal - i'm so jealous!
i'm pretty sure the hilton is much fancier. our hotel wasn't fancy, but it was nicer than hotels we usually stay at on vacation. it just wasn't luxury. it ran about $85 per night per person

also, my ceremony was the renewal of vows. the legal ceremony was around 1,000 or more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jessica&Adam View Post
OMG after reading this I kind of feel like I got screwed! Our guests are paying about $145 per night, and this is not all-inclusive. I thought it was a good rate but after reading I'm not so sure anymore. And my site is way more expensive too! sad.gif Its $1000 not including any flowers or decorations (that is just to use the site and officiant I think)...def does not include bubbly! Sounds like you ladies got a hell of a deal - i'm so jealous!
I have been working with a TA (I haven't HIRED one but one from Beach Bum Vacations). This is where I'm getting all my information and pricing. I'm not worried about a lot of people being there...mainly just my brother and his family (they are on the "MUST BE THERE" list). Sounds like some of you have some good TA's...can you recommend any to me? I would hate to hire one until I know they can get me a great deal. I'm not good at this messaging (PM) thing so either post on here or email me, please! (I'm having a hard time with this forum...I don't understand points and sometimes I can see things and other times I can't...not sure how you accumulate or use points)?!?

Thanks,
Kelly
kellyraeburton@yahoo.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by kburton View Post
This is where I'm getting all my information and pricing. I'm not worried about a lot of people being there...mainly just my brother and his family (they are on the "MUST BE THERE" list). Sounds like some of you have some good TA's...can you recommend any to me? I would hate to hire one until I know they can get me a great deal. I'm not good at this messaging (PM) thing so either post on here or email me, please! (I'm having a hard time with this forum...I don't understand points and sometimes I can see things and other times I can't...not sure how you accumulate or use points)?!?

Thanks,
K

You earn points by posting and viewing threads. 1 point for viewing, 5 for posting a reply and 15 for a new thread. You may get points for pics too, I don't remember. The only time you really need to use points is if you are buying something like a gift, shiny name, etc. You do need points to view some things. If you need points, most members are happy to donate them to you. I just donated some so you now have 1000.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamisoncollette View Post
You earn points by posting and viewing threads. 1 point for viewing, 5 for posting a reply and 15 for a new thread. You may get points for pics too, I don't remember. The only time you really need to use points is if you are buying something like a gift, shiny name, etc. You do need points to view some things. If you need points, most members are happy to donate them to you. I just donated some so you now have 1000.
we have actually been cutting down on point donation. downloading stuff is what uses of the forum server the most, which is the purpose of the point system. once I understood this, i stopped donating points.

the best way to earn them is to make something useful & upload it for others. then you get 50 points for everyone who downloads it. until then you can bookmark pages with something you want & download it once you have enough points.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • Hello all!! I'm getting married next week. Every arrangement has been done by my sister for my special day. When I joined in an MNC I was troubled with severe headaches and as per my colleague's instruction, I took an appointment in a nearby eye clinic. And after an eye examination in Toronto, the eye specialist diagnosed hypermetropia in me. And the doctor prescribed eyeglasses for me. The doctor suggested me to wear eyeglasses during the working time. But I used to wear it sometimes not every day. Then I was troubled with severe eye strain and headache and mom was scolding me to wear eyeglasses every day. I thought of saying goodbye to eyeglasses forever. I'm planning for a Lasik eye surgery soon before my marriage. I don't know whether I'm eligible for Lasik eye surgery. I'm tensed about its recovery time and its complications. Can someone help me by sharing your views?  
    • In the 2017 bridal fashion week, many styles of wedding dresses were gradually popular. From serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, ByCouturier've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Allover Sparkle
      Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.  Bold Ball Gowns
      If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads.  Captivating Capes
      Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception. Short, Sassy Dresses
      Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock to spice up your reception or after-party.  Plunging Necklines
      The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. 
      Skinny Straps
      We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win. 
    • Hello all, 
      I am here to get some suggestions on the best places to go on a honeymoon. I am getting married by the end of next month. 
      I was thinking of Bali or Maldives. But just wanted to know other beautiful and romantic places. The wedding banquet hall is a gift from our parents. The hall they have booked for us is one of the best banquet halls in Vaughan I’ve ever seen... Other arrangements like the videographer, photographer, wedding dress, reception dress are all finalized. The next week we have the pre-wedding shoot. Also, I'll start sending the invitations the same week. So, it is going to be hectic and I don't have time to rest or look for some nice places. So, if anyone here could suggest some places would be a great help. 
      Let me know your suggestions. 
      Thanks in advance! 
    • 123weddingcards.com believes in offering soothing and elegant wedding invitations that are available in exquisite designs to complement the style of bride and groom on their wedding day. Our designer wedding cards are highly premium & come with attractive design. Laser Cut Invitations Foil Stamped Invitations Embossed Invitations Glitter Invitations Floral Invitations Peacock Invitations Box Invitations Paisley Invitations Our ultimate goal is to provide the best and impeccable high-quality designs to unite your love with eternal memories by using diverse printing options like embossing, flocking, raised silk screen printing, hot foil stamping, and laser cuttings, to give a new multifaceted look to wedding invitations.  
    • The amazing destination for couples Vietnam is a very beautiful destination for newlyweds. The country is very diverse in terms of culture, nature, city, ethnic ... So come to Vietnam, you will experience all that you like from rural, modern, luxurious with low cost. Newlywed couples are eager to have a wonderful honeymoon without a problem abroad. However, the visa will be a surprise factor that can ruin the trip at any time.  To make sure that everything is ok, please contact us at our company. HGTECH specializes in providing services related to visa, passports, emergency ID, booking air tickets, booking ... Please contact us for a free visa consultation. and related issues. HGTECH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND TRADING COMPANY
      Providing services related to the field of visa, passports, emergency CMT, booking air tickets, booking ...
      Head office: 39 An Trach 1, Dong Da Dist. Hanoi
      Hotline: 0989.496.239 - Mobile: 0243.7326.897
      Email: visa.vn55@gmail.com// info@hgtech.vn
      Website: http://www.visavietnamsupport.com/  
  • Topics

×