I think you will find a variety of hotels at all of the different locations that can help you meet your budget - so if price is number 1 then you need to find out which destination has the cheapest flights. I am from North Carolina and a travel agent told us once that the cheapest flights are to either the Bahamas or Cancun. I know I wanted an all-inclusive and there aren't as many to chose from in the Bahamas so we selected Mexico (Cancun all the way south to Tulum are serviced by that same airport).
To get an idea of prices for my guests - I then went on Expedia and picked the dates of my travel but a year ahead (in Aug. 2010 I looked at prices for Nov 2010 to estimate the costs for Nov 2011) and looked at the flgiht + hotel costs for all of the options. I then set a limit and only looked at the resorts that fell under that price limit.
My personal goal was to pick a resort where the cost for an individual (based on double occupancy) was <= $1000 based on double occupancy for 5 nights. That way if the cost were still too high, guests could just decrease the number of nights as needed.
Originally Posted by StephDurb
My fiance and I want a destination wedding in October 2012, as our families are traveling from both Ohio and California. Any advice on where to start? We thought we should start with finding the location, but are stuck. Number one priority is price for us, as well as our guests. Number two priority is ease of getting there. Any general rules for what locales are less expensive?