HI!!! I'm Krysten, new to this site. My FI and I are bouncing around the idea of skipping the ceremony in our home state of Michigan and just going to Mexico for our wedding. Our current plan is to just do a quick quiet ceremony at home, and then do the symbolic ceremony in Mexico. We are thinking April, 2015 and maybe 15 guests (that's pushing it i think.) My question for you is....where do I start?! Is this really going to save us money? A local southeast Michigan reception with less than 100 guests was about to cost us upwards of $15000. I don't see the point in spending that kind of money.
If we do an all inclusive resort, what is the point of having a reception? can't we just go to dinner after and use the "nightlife" as a reception? Do people do this? HELP!!!
I think the costs of DW can add up quickly and is not always the cheapest alternative to weddings at home. However…when the average wedding at home is more like $20,000-30,000+, than a DW becomes a cheaper option. 100 guests will mean you needs to buy a bigger package and spend more on upgrades. If you choose a smaller, more intimate wedding, your costs could be under $5000. Good luck and happy planning!