Realistic Dream or not?
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:31 AM
Im a newbie here and am hoping to become a DWB. I've been reading many threads and researching websites of Riviera Maya All-inclusive resorts. My parents arent to crazy about this idea, but they have given my FI and I a budget to work with. Can someone please give me a "BIG picture" idea of how much this will really cost. Im assuming we will have a small wedding with a MAX of 16 ppl. Also have all of you paid for your wedding party's stay at the resort? Ive read that this is appropriate. If you dont wish to disclose this information I understand. Im just trying to figure out if this is a realistic for us. We have a budget of $6,000.00....... am i dreaming??
I understand all the packages and add-ons, I just want to say the simplest wedding.... how much??
Hope i can get some answers.....Thank you in advance
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:25 PM
FI and my travel, (12 days at 2 resorts and flights) 3000
total cost of private reception w/decor/music (which is free if i book enough rooms) 1800
the outside photographer i hired for 3 hours: 900
we are staying at the moon palace i oct, when the prices are lower. basically with a destination wedding, you can make your wedding as expensive or inexpensive as you want.
for example, we don't have to do a private reception (which includes full open private bar and buffet dinner w/ apps and desert). we can have a dinner on a private terrace in a restaurant for FREE!
the free wedding package at moon palace also includes my bouquet, the wedding location, a minister/JOP and a lot of other perks.
just do your research and you will soon see you can afford it if you pick the right resort.
and we are NOT paying for the wedding party travel expenses.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:41 PM
It just takes hours of research on the internet but you can do it and the choices are endless - shopping around is the key.
We have 15 others coming with us and we are not paying for any of them - we explained this right at the start and everyone just said let us know the cost and we will make the decision.
As a way of thank you we are just buying some more expensive thank you gifts than we would if we were getting married at home in the UK.
If you go low season this would help with costs as well.
Hope you find your dream wedding.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:52 PM
I think you could definately do a DW on a $6000 budget, you just have to do some research.
as for the bridal party, when we asked our friends to be in the wedding, we made it clear that it was a DW and we would completely understand if they couldn't afford it, ie we are not paying for anyone!! if you give people enough time to plan and budget it shouldn't be an issue.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:05 PM
Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:20 PM
and some resorts offers free wedding or $1000 package that includes the essentials.
You can add $1000-2000 for photos +video
Guests can eat at the resort' resto, and drink all they want (no need to worry about extra food/drink cost). Of course, they have to pay for their trip and stay out of their own pocket. Just send ur STDs in advanced, so everyone can start budgeting.
Just shop around and compare! This forum is extra helpful!
Married to Mr. El Khaiat on July 4th, 2011 @ Royal Playa Del Carmen
Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:22 PM
Good luck and happy planning!
Posted 11 March 2010 - 04:12 PM
Thank you again.
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