I think when it all said and done a DW will still be cheaper if your total is including your trip/stay for 5 day to 2 weeks. If you had a wedding at home you would spend $20,000-50,000 for just that one day. We are estimating at least 60 people (inviting 100). We picked an AI resort in RM Mexico that has a wedding package that includes 40 guests staying at the resort for $3,565 ($40 for each additional person). We also plan on having an welcome cocktail party/rehearsal (instead of a dinner to reduce costs). Our photographer is around $2,000 for the entire day. We are not hiring a DJ and will have some local DJs back home create different party mix for our Ipods which will guarantee we get the music we want (the sound system is included for the ceremony and reception). My mom is paying for my dress (which will be under $2,000) and my FI's mom is paying for our honeymoon (3-4 nights at an adults only AI). Our budget is $15,000 and I think this is feasible. I'm also a crafty person so a lot of things will be DIY or I will select items that will serve dual purposes (my brides maids are carrying small red lanterns instead of flowers and I will use them for decor on the tables at the reception). I also like looking for bargain so anything I will buy I will make sure it's on sale.
Good luck to you all with the budget. Make sure you include items that are important to you but also make sure that you are doing things within your means so you will not start you marriage with frustration and regret.