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Destination weddings have become increasingly popular in the last few years. For those that want to have a smaller wedding of around 50 people, it is even more popular. A destination wedding for 50 guests allows the couple to plan a wedding away from home and invite their closest friends and family members. In the end, it feels like a vacation full of bonding and special memories too.
There are many resorts that offer destination wedding packages and on-site planners that can help you to create the wedding of your dreams. Some of the most popular locations for destination weddings for 50 guests include Mexico, Hawaii, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. Follow below as we go into further detail, in this 3-part look into destination weddings for specific guest list sizes, starting with groups of 50:
Destify Couple: Chanda and Cedric
Advantages of Destination Weddings For 50 Guests
In addition to planning a great vacation and a wedding, planning a destination wedding for 50 guests offers quite a few advantages over a traditional wedding. Many people choose to have a destination wedding because they are actually cheaper than traditional weddings. They are more relaxed and don’t hold as much pressure. You don’t need to spend as much money on dresses, flowers, food, and locations if you do not want to – though you certainly can. Depending on where you have your wedding, the number of guests that you have can allow for free accommodations.
Destination weddings tend to be more romantic and exciting than a traditional wedding. There is just something about being in an exotic location with the people you love dearest. It can also reduce some of the stress – many resorts have wedding planners that handle the details that many modern couples don’t want to deal with during planning. Even if they are concerned with the details, there may be fewer choices to make or a more streamlined process for all of those little choices.
An example rooftop terrace setup.
50 Person Destination Weddings FAQ
A destination wedding can be one of the best ways for a couple to start their lives together. However, there are many questions that come with planning a wedding of this size.
Where should we go for a destination wedding for 50 people?
There are tons of options for destination weddings of 50 people. The destination should be a place where you want to have your wedding for whatever reason – it could be a place you love, a place you want to go, or a place where you have roots. You should always consider where the majority of your guests are traveling from, and what their budget will look like for the travel and room costs.
Who pays for a destination wedding?
Traditionally, the bride’s family will pay for a wedding. However, this isn’t the case with destination weddings. Most often, couples will pay for the event themselves and guests pay for their portion of the flight and travel. With destination weddings, you can get some great deals depending on the size of your guest list, and in the number of how many guests choose to stay at your chosen resort.
When should we let people know we are having a destination wedding?
For weddings of around 50 people, where most of the people going are close friends and family members of the couple, it is important to give advance notice. Generally, 6 to 8 months is a good timeline for weddings of this size. For 50 people, you don’t always have to worry about hotels and resorts filling up, but the capacity of your resort is something to consider. By placing a deposit upfront, guests will lock in their room rate, and then they can pay off the total cost over time.
Who plans and coordinates destination weddings?
For all-inclusive resorts, you will have a dedicated wedding department and a coordinator. They will arrange everything for your destination wedding, and who will offer you selections so you can pick out which decor and venue you would like for your big day.
A wedding venue at Atlantis Bahamas resorts.
Best Wedding Venues For 50 Guests
There are certain wedding venues that are perfect for those that have around 50 guests. Check out some of the suggestions below:
Caribbean: Hotel Palace Aruba, Royalton Saint Lucia
Mexico: Dreams Riviera Cancun, Sandos Finisterra
Jamaica: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, RIU Ocho Rios
Dominican Republic: NOW Larimar Punta Cana, Royalton Punta Cana
Central America: Dreams Las Mareas, RIU Guanacaste
Hawaii: The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Turtle Bay Resort
NOW Larimar Punta Cana
Example Destination Wedding Packages for 50 Guests
From Mexico wedding packages for 50 guests to Jamaica luxury collections, these all-inclusive wedding package offerings are perfect for your wedding day and all your guests.
Dreams Riviera Cancun
Wedding Package Costs: Free – $11,999
Example Dreams Ultimate Wedding Package:
Service of judge or minister OR symbolic ceremony
Semi-private rehearsal dinner for ten max
Wedding organization and personal touch of on-site wedding planner
Preparation and ironing of 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
Two boutonnieres and two corsages for wedding party
Sound system with speaker and microphones
Hairstyling and makeup application for one member of the wedding couple for day of ceremony
Ceremony décor at dream wedding location (50 chairs with white covers, ceremonial table and aisle runner)
Wedding cake and sparkling wine (up to 50 guests)
Private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (Gold menu, up to 20 guests)
Private reception (Gold menu, up to 50 guests)
One natural floral centerpiece for the sweetheart table
One natural floral centerpiece for ceremonial table
Live Mexican music trio (one set, during cocktail hour)
Special turndown service night of the wedding date
15% discount on all spa treatments (Spa boutique purchases not included)
Bottle of sparkling wine on wedding day
Breakfast in bed with mimosas (reservations must be made in advance with concierge)
Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
50 full color photos and wedding album
Video of ceremony (30 minutes)
Choice of one couples spa treatment (options to be provided by resort)
Free anniversary nights
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach
Wedding Package Costs: $999 – $2,899
Example Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Wedding Package
Professional services of an on-site wedding specialist
Bride’s fresh floral bouquet and matching groom’s boutonnière
Minister (symbolic ceremony)
Witnesses (if required)
Setup of wedding venue (canopy, chairs and ceremony table with white linen)
Sparkling wine served after the ceremony
Fresh floral centerpiece for the head wedding table during the ceremony
Recorded music and microphone provided for the ceremony Live music (45 minutes)
Cocktails with cold appetizers for an hour, at ceremony venue
Traditional white frosting wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers
Wedding reception in a specialty restaurant (one hour and a half)
10% discount on spa services for wedding guests (boutique purchases excluded)
Upgrade to the next category of room for the bride and groom (subject to availability, Presidential Suite is excluded from upgrades)
Late check out for bride and groom (subject to availability)
Hair trial and hairstyle for the bride 30-minute couple’s massage
Romantic dinner for the wedding couple
At the end of the day, planning a destination wedding for 50 guests can be one of the best decisions you will ever make – it will allow you to personalize your wedding to your tastes but allow for extra help in the planning stages so the stress of a traditional wedding will be excluded.
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