Here is a breakout of our budget. We also took a honeymoon in Punta Cana which we paid for with a honeymoon registry and cash gifts from the wedding (about $5,000 total). This includes absolutely EVERYTHING we bought or paid for from day 1 - we literally saved every receipt and it's all included here. For reference, we had about 60 people and the wedding was not at an all inclusive resort.
All in all, it was money well spent. We had a lovely wedding, much nicer than the money would have got us in Boston where we live. My one budget "regret" is the photographer, which is funny because in the beginning it was the ONE thing I wouldn't budge on and decided to splurge on. We hired the "best of the best" and our pictures were very good, but I think we could have gotten almost as good for a fraction of the cost. There are a LOT of good photographers in the Rivera Maya, so do your research and don't necessarily get sucked in by the big names.
We originally wanted to have an AHR but we just couldn't afford it after how much our DW ended up costing. Almost everyone we really wanted to celebrate with was able to make the trip, so we didn't really see the need to have another party. Plus, I just don't think I could have taken on planning another reception. One was already too much. Maybe it's just me but I thought wedding planning was SO stressful!
| Paper goods (Invitations, Calligraphy, etc.) || 2,478.44 |
| Dress/Attire/Wedding Bands || 6,332.33 |
| Ceremony/Reception (Food and Decor) || 22,580.32 |
| Photos/Video || 6,200.00 |
| Flowers || 3,068.00 |
| Gifts (Welcome Bags, Wedding Party and Family) || 3,166.79 |
| Travel (Including Site Visit) || 7,616.93 |
| Other || 1,079.19 |
| Total || 52,522.00 |