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Originally Posted by SammyAnna View Post

 

I agree totally! As this is my second marriage, so I wanted something more low-key & inexpensive. Everyone suggested a DW, but I was shocked to find that I am being nickel & dimed for everything. I have 50 guests that are bringing at least $50,000 into their resort for that week & it is an all-inclusive resort, so why do I have to pay $70/pp to sit in a private area to eat for one meal? & decor! Don't even start with that... its outrageous! I am so glad I'm not looking for an extravagant affair... it would be a fortune to pay for!  I am def warning future brides about realistic costs of  dw wedding. I still dont regret my choice but I have given up on alot of things I dreamed of having at my wedding just to stay on budget.

 

I'm giving up a few things as well....and I love how some of my FI's family thinks we're being selfish and cheap...nothing cheap about a destination wedding

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People are shocked when I tell them the costs associated. My FI mom was expecting to use my photographer to do family portraits of her other children's families. I had to explain that we only have him for a few hours, not the whole day.

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Originally Posted by SammyAnna View Post

 

People are shocked when I tell them the costs associated. My FI mom was expecting to use my photographer to do family portraits of her other children's families. I had to explain that we only have him for a few hours, not the whole day.

 

Yeah same here

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My friends are shocked at the cost of wedding package! 

 

Originally Posted by SammyAnna View Post

People are shocked when I tell them the costs associated. 

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Originally Posted by BeachBride0422 View Post

 

Does anyone know if you bring your own decorations do they charge you some kind of fee to have a person set everything up for you?

I hope not!! I'm pretty sure that's what the wedding coordinator is for!!

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Does anyone know if you bring your own decorations do they charge you some kind of fee to have a person set everything up for you?
Yeah, i'm getting charged $150 as a set up fee!

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Originally Posted by BeachBride0422 View Post

 

Does anyone know if you bring your own decorations do they charge you some kind of fee to have a person set everything up for you?

 

Most resorts do charge a setup fee. Usually nothing too crazy-- I paid $50 for my wedding, but I think it ranges and can go higher.

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Our resort charges for different deco packages... $400-$900! If you bring your own & want them to set it up, they charge $150-$300 (depending on # of guests) for ceremony, then $190-$350 for reception setup. There is also a venue rental fee for the reception of $500/hr.  I'm using minimal deco (its so beautiful anyway) and having friends set up what I have.

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