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Understanding Destination Wedding Prices and Package Costs

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When you’re planning a destination wedding, one of the first questions you’ll ask is, “how much will it cost?”. The answer, unfortunately, is a complex one. Several factors can affect the destination wedding prices, from the number of guests to the event’s location.

In this article, we’ll break down the different elements that make up the cost of a destination wedding. We’ll also provide some tips on how to keep your costs under control. You’ll understand what you can expect to pay for a destination wedding by the end.

How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

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Depending on your budget, a destination wedding might be pricey or inexpensive. On the other hand, a limited budget does not require you to renounce lavish conveniences or extravagances. It’s common to believe that the amount you should include on the statement will increase as the expense increases. But remember that you don’t need to break the bank to start planning your stress-free dream wedding and vacation.

An average wedding costs $14,685. The price varies depending on the destination wedding’s location and time of year; peak seasons are more expensive than off-peak months.

At the end of the day, though? Destination weddings are almost always cheaper than stateside weddings!

What Influences Destination Wedding Prices?

Venue Fees 

One of the biggest expenses for a destination wedding is the venue fee. This can vary greatly depending on the location and type of venue you choose. For example, a beachfront resort may charge more than a local hotel ballroom. Make sure to research different venues and their fees before making a final decision. 

Travel and Accommodation 

Another significant cost for a destination wedding is travel and accommodation. You’ll need to factor in flights, transportation, and lodging for you and your guests. Remember that guests may choose to stay longer than just the wedding weekend, so check for group rates and deals. 

Catering and Bar Services

Food and drink are a big part of any wedding budget, and a destination wedding is no exception. You’ll need to consider the cost of catering and bar services for your guests. Many venues may offer inclusive packages, so make sure to discuss these options with them. 

Decor and Rentals

Decor and rentals can add up quickly for a destination wedding. You’ll need to factor in the cost of flowers, centerpieces, lighting, and any additional rentals, such as chairs or linens. Consider working with a local vendor to save on shipping costs. Luckily for you, most all-inclusive weddings have add-on features built right into the upfront costs, so no surprises!

Entertainment 

Whether you’re looking for a live band or a DJ, entertainment can be a high cost for your wedding. Consider additional activities for your guests, such as excursions or a welcome dinner. 

Who Pays For What is a Destination Wedding?

Destination wedding bouquet

First things first, let’s talk about who traditionally pays for what in a wedding. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner. However, this tradition has evolved in modern times, and it’s common for the couple to pay for everything themselves.

Now, let’s talk about destination weddings. When you have a destination wedding, you’re asking your guests to spend money on travel and accommodations, so it’s important to remember who pays for what.

The couple is typically responsible for paying for the ceremony and reception and any additional events they want to host, such as a welcome dinner or farewell brunch. The couple may also choose to pay for some of the travel and accommodations for their immediate family and wedding party.

The guests are responsible for paying for their own travel and accommodations. However, the couple can make it easier for their guests by providing information about travel and accommodation options and arranging group rates or a room block at a hotel.

It’s also important to consider the cost of attending a destination wedding when creating your guest list. If you’re asking your guests to spend significant money to attend, it’s important to understand that some people may need help to afford it.

In conclusion, when it comes to who pays for what with a destination wedding, it’s important to remember that the couple is responsible for paying for the ceremony and reception, while the guests are responsible for their travel and accommodations. However, the couple can make it easier for their guests by providing information and assistance with travel and accommodations. And remember, it’s important to be considerate of your guests’ finances when planning a destination wedding.

Tips for Keeping Costs Under Control 

Destination wedding dance

There are several ways to control the cost of a destination wedding. 

  1. Choose an off-season date: The time of year you choose to have your wedding can significantly impact the cost. Consider having your wedding during the off-season when prices for travel and accommodations are typically lower. Plus, you can score some extra deals or discounts.
  2. Get creative with the venue: Don’t limit yourself to traditional wedding venues. Consider a beach wedding, a mountaintop ceremony, or a vineyard celebration. These unique locations can be affordable, and they also make for stunning backdrops in your wedding photos.
  3. Limit the guest list: This may be tough, but keeping the guest list small can help keep costs down. Instead of inviting everyone you know, only invite those who are closest to you and who you can’t imagine getting married without.
  4. Take advantage of local vendors: One way to save money is by using local vendors for your wedding day needs, including flowers, food, and decorations. Not only will you save on travel expenses, but you’ll also support the local economy.
  5. DIY where you can: Get creative and save money by making your own decorations, centerpieces, and favors. This can also be a fun way to get your wedding party involved and make some memories together.
  6. Consider an all-inclusive package: Some resorts and venues offer all-inclusive packages that can be more cost-effective than booking everything separately. These packages can include everything from food and drinks to entertainment and accommodations.
  7. Use technology to your advantage: Instead of printing out and mailing invitations, save money by sending electronic invites through social media or email. You can also create a wedding website to keep guests informed about the details and updates.

Wedding Package Examples

Affordable: Secrets Impressions Moxché Playa del Carmen

“Weddings in Paradise” 2023 Price: $999+

Package Inclusions:

  • Symbolic ceremony
  • Wedding organization and personal touch of on-site wedding coordinator
  • Preparation and ironing of the couple’s wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for one member of the wedding couple the night before the wedding (based on availability and upon request)
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for wedding couple
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast (for up to ten guests)
  • Special turndown service on the night of the wedding
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments
  • Newlywed Package
  • Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
  • Free anniversary nights

Mid-Tier: Breathless Montego Bay

“Eat, Drink, and Be Married” 2023 Price: $3,799+

Package Inclusions:

  • Service of a judge or minister
  • Symbolic ceremony
  • Dedicated on-site wedding coordinator
  • Preparation and ironing of the couple’s wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room upgrade for wedding couple (based on availability)
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for wedding couple
  • Two corsages and two boutonnieres for the wedding party
  • Sound system with speaker and microphones
  • Hairstyling and makeup application for one member of the wedding couple for day of the ceremony
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine (up to 30 guests)
  • Ceremony décor (30 chairs with white covers, ceremonial table, and aisle runner)
  • Private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (Platinum menu, up to 30 guests)
  • Couple’s designed specialty drink served during cocktail hour (to be planned in advance with the wedding coordinator, based on a set selection)
  • Private dinner reception (Platinum menu, up to 30 guests)
  • One natural floral centerpiece for the ceremonial table
  • Special turndown service night of the wedding
  • Breakfast in bed with mimosas the morning after the ceremony
  • 24 full-color photos and a wedding album
  • Video of the ceremony (30-minute DVD)
  • Reserved table and bottle service for the wedding party (up to ten) at After Dark one evening of stay
  • Couples massage treatment
  • 20% off spa treatments
  • Private dinner on the beach (one evening during the stay)
  • Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
  • Complimentary access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy areas for one member of wedding couple, maid of honor, and mothers of the couple
  • Free anniversary nights

High-End: Hilton La Romana

  • Aerial view of Hilton La Romana featuring people on colorful slides splashing into a pool surrounded by palm trees.

    La Romana Weddings

    Hilton La Romana

    Away from the high-energy Punta Cana, La Romana offers a blanket of calm and tropical escape from the day-to-day routine of modern life.
    Hilton La Romana: Read more
    • venue iconVenues: 5
    • family-friendly iconFamily Friendly
    • car icon40 Minutes
    Package Costs: $1,179$16,339

“Lavish & Opulent” 2023 Price: $6,099+

Package Inclusions:

  • A symbolic marriage ceremony performed by a non-denominational officiant
  • A Bridal bouquet
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Wedding location
  • Sparkling wine toast after the ceremony
  • Wedding cake after the ceremony
  • Room decoration with flower petals, chocolate truffles & complimentary wine
  • Late checkout up to 3:00 PM, subject to availability
  • Pre-planning and on-site services of a professional wedding specialist
  • Complimentary online bridal registry
  • Access to the online wedding planning tool
  • Ceremony table with white linen and folding wedding chairs for 20 guests
  • Sound system for the ceremony
  • 25-minute massage for wedding couple
  • Romantic dinner for the wedding couple
  • Natural floral centerpiece for the ceremony table
  • Hairstyling and makeup for the bride in resort spa
  • Manicure and pedicure for the bride in resort spa
  • 15% discount on spa services for the wedding couple
  • 10% discount on spa services for the wedding guests
  • One (1) complimentary room night for the couple when celebrating their one-year anniversary at same hotel
  • Private (1) hour cocktail party after the ceremony: includes standard set up, open bar and (3) hors d’oeuvres
  • Private (3) hour wedding reception after the cocktail: includes standard set up, 3 course plated menu, open bar, waiter staff

Conclusion

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Destination wedding prices can be complex to manage, but a destination wedding doesn’t have to break the bank!

With our tips and information, your special day will make you and your wallet happy!

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