Hey Miss K,
Thanks for photography list. I haven't opened it yet (still a noob), but I had intended to have it saved for when I'm ready. I kept going back and forth about professional photography. It's crazy, but for the cost, it hasn't been that important to me. I know, crazy. Everyone kept telling me that I would regret it.
My parents didn't take any pics of their private wedding ceremony and only have candids of their reception taken and given to them by guests. I was planning to do the same because we are just hovering so close to our budget with the cost of HH alone. Then my fiance told me that one of our guests is an awesome photographer so we are just planning to have him photograph the wedding. He was planning to anyway so this works out well. Because he is a guest, we will have everything photographed: welcome/rehearsal dinner, dressing, wedding, reception, etc at a very low cost. I feel so blessed.
Wow! It is so wonderful that you can be so accommodating and thoughtful for your guests, Miss K. They will feel very spoiled. I wish I had the flexibility in my dreams and budget to do the same. Did you get quoted a transport price before it was bundled into your package? I think I remember being told that it was too early to reserve transport when we booked in February (18 months before our date), and that one could negotiate better prices, around $200USD closer to the date. We went ahead and budgeted the $200 fee, but I've been contemplating encouraging our guests to cab it when the time comes. Since we are having so many guests, every extra thing we do is multiplied by 128, which gets pricey.
We haven't paid for anything yet, are 14 months out, and already are $1755 over budget. I don't want to sound like the whining bride, especially since I know people will have to spend a lot of money to attend our destination wedding, but sometimes I think about all of the "non-destination weddings" in which I've participated, had to travel and come out of pocket for everything including a gift, and think that I am planning to do too much. Am I the only one feeling this way?
Would you mind sharing, how many days/nights are included in the ~1100 IRHS price?
Originally Posted by Miss K
Hope the photography information was helpful! Yes we are going through a local travel agent and she was able to package my guests through Delta Vacations. Each persons package varies because of airfare because my guests are flying from different cities. Each of my guests are paying around $1100 including airfare and all inclusive hotel accommodations or so pending their departure city. But I gave them other hotel options if they wanted since Iberostar Suites was a little more pricey. It makes it nice since the wedding is at HH and so my guests can stay at any resort depending on their budget and we don't have to worry about resort fees or day passes with guests staying at different hotels.
Also I got included in my package price from HH of roundtrip transportation from the resorts to HH and back the day of the wedding. That makes it nice so that my guests dont have to worry about getting to the wedding and takes the stress off me of worrying about them making it on time and etc.