We are planning for over 100 guests for destination wedding. We are planning to have our wedding outside of a resort to make the vacation more affordable for guests that will be traveling from abroad and family already on the island. We are utilizing three separate venues. In addition to the cost of our venues, we are paying for a cocktail hour, full dinner and open bar for our guests on the day of the wedding. We have hired a band and a DJ and are having a four layer cake. We also have floral centerpieces and decorations for the venue. Our attire and our travel are also adding to the expense as well as the spending money for our honeymoon. Finally, we have a wedding coordinator and her staff that will be putting the whole thing together.
We chose the destination wedding for convenience and location. We knew we wanted a traditional Caribbean menu. Many US locations want you to use their caterers so we knew it would be easiest to just have our wedding in the Caribbean where we would have a selection of good Caribbean caterers. Also, at our price point, a wedding planner in the US would basically just take our money and do nothing really. The wedding planner we have hired really plans and coordinates the wedding. She replies to all of my e-mails and goes out of her way to bring us ideas and make us feel special. All we have to do is make selections.
Basically, the wedding we are having would cost over 40K in the states (which would be totally unattainable for us) and we aren't even at half of that having a destination wedding. Having this destination wedding is allowing us to have an unaffordable dream wedding. I could have easily have spent what we are spending on a wedding at home after tent rentals, caterer, etc and a lot of headache. It would be a nice wedding but just not what we wanted.
Hope that helps.
Originally Posted by koseefowokan
This was really helpful but I am still puzzled. A budget of $10,000 or slightly below still seems really high to me. So I'd like to know this: What makes the budget so high if you saved so much money on your dress and centerpieces? Are you paying for guests' flights, accommodations, etc? Is the food that expensive? This question is not just for you but also for others who have budgets that are over $10,000. I was under the impression that one of the reasons why people choose destination weddings in large part because it is less expensive that a wedding at home for 100+ people.