hey katie - the average cost per couple for 3 nights at our resort (the Royal Playa del Carmen), including airfare from most US cities and hotel transfer, is about $2K. so far no one has complained about budget, except to say they simply can't afford a vacation, which I completely understand.
I think this is a critical part of the destination wedding - i.e. people can't simply show up and expect to be entertained as they would locally. but we're inviting people on a FAB vacation, not asking them to donate a kidney. whether they can't make it for financial reasons, physical reasons or any other myriad scenarios is just the name of the game. if it truly upsets you, and you're losing critical people, I'd suggest getting married nearer your family and friends.
otherwise, just decide to have the wedding you want and enjoy the people who can make it! : )
ps - we gave people 1.5 yrs notice hoping they'd have enough time to save money, and honestly it hasn't made a difference. I don't mean to be down about the whole thing, I'd just caution against sacrificing what you want in order to accomodate others.
Originally Posted by mrskatieperry
My fiance and I are just getting started in planning a destination wedding. We would like to have it at an all incusive resort in Mexico. One of the things I'm curious about is how people handled the budget for their guests?
We wanted to go with Moon Palace, and when we threw "$1800/per couple for 4 nights" to our friends, it did not go well.
Most people traveling with us want to go for more nights and they won't be able to extend it much at that rate.
Did anyone have similar issues? What were some tricks you had to help with cost? What resorts are good for group rates?
We contacted a wedding planner yesterday who can hopefully help, but after reading all the info you all have,I thought I'd give it a whirl;)
Any imput/suggestions are welcome! We are lookign at June 2012, so a decision has to be made fairly soon.