One of my biggest frustrations when planning a destination wedding was that I had no idea how much things cost, or would cost, so I felt like I couldn't set a budget. Therefore, I am posting what we ended up spending in hopes that it helps some future Brides. Our priority areas were photography and music. I'm sure I've included more information than you will ever need, or you may ever include in your wedding budget, but I want to be as helpful as possible. For example, we got legally married in the states before we went to Mexico. While small, there were fees associated with that (and a small celebration after-- which I included in our wedding budget). Additionally, we had a "spa day" before heading to Mexico where I got my nails done and a wax and my husband got his hair cut. While to some people these are "every day" costs, I included them in our wedding budget breakdown because they were out of the norm for us. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. I will also include planning details as soon as I get pictures back from the photographer.
And to those of you who think sharing money information is in poor-form, I ask that you please keep your negative comments to yourself. The one thing I wanted when I was planning was a budget breakdown, so I am just trying to help other brides who feel similarly. Your respect and kindness is appreciated.
(All prices based on 104 people including bride and groom, DJ, Photographers, with 1 infant and 3 children)
|Checked Bags (checked 3 on the way down, 1 on the way back)||$100|
|Taxi Cab (to and from airport in PHL)||$70|
|Hotel Room (bride and groom stay free promotion)||$0|
|Engagement Photos (photographer fee included above. This is for make up, cabs to locations, and flowers)||$69|
|Legal Wedding Celebration (dinner and a night out)||$172|
|Officiant Fee (ceremony was performed by a friend for free, but we got him a thank you gift)||$50|
|Bridal Shower thank you gifts (for my hosts)||$114.48|
|Pre-wedding Spa Day||$218|
|Maid of Honor Thank Yous||$47|
|Mexico Officiant Thank Yous (my brother)||$52.50|
|Stationary (invites, thank yous. My invitations had to be re-done, so most brides should be able to do this for much less)||$529|
|Postage (my mom paid for postage on the invites-- this postage covered all the Thank Yous)||$59.50|
|Wedding Package (Pearl)||$950|
|Venue (Beach Gazebo)||$0|
|Food ($26/person dinner option (100 people+3 children+1 infant+ DJ+20% private party discount) Included table clothes, chairs, dinnerware and gratuity.||$2100.8|
|Ceremony Decorations (two large corsages, all-white flowers. The resort provided the white sheers for free because they had been left up from a previous wedding)||$140|
|Centerpieces from Lomas (13 table hurricane lamps, $10 each)||$130|
|Dance floor (this was an entirely unnecessary expense)||$500|
|Wedding set-up fee (Free because we only had table numbers and seating cards, which the resort does not provide)||$0|
|DJ Doremixx ($800 outside vendor fee+$800 for DJ+$4 Western Union charge)||$1604|
|Bouquets (charged $85, $20 for me and $65 for my MOH. Ended up getting for free because they messed up the flower order)||$0|
|Favors and Seating Cards (my mom maid the table numbers, so those costs are not included)||$429.89|
|Programs, Do Not Disturb Door hangers, and Menus||$72.83|
|Hair (my aunt did the bridal party's hair for free)||$0|
|Makeup for Bridal Party (4 people) at resort ($314.54+$20 tip)||$334.54|
|Hotel Room Gratuities||$20|
|Other Gratuities (Wedding Coordinators ($30); Massages ($40); tips to hotel staff ($70)||$140|
NOT included in this budget:
1. Our welcome reception. Since we used our "Free" wedding reception as our rehearsal dinner with family, my mother-in-law covered the cost of the welcome cocktail hour.
2. Invitation postage and Table numbers. My mother covered these costs for us.
3. Transportation to and from the Cancun airport to our hotel was included in our room package.
If you think I've missed something or have questions, please let me know.