Recently Engaged: How much does a destination wedding cost?

Quite easily, the number one question I’m asked when doing a consultation, or sometimes before someone even requests a consultation is: how much is this going to cost me? Which, let’s be honest, is a legitimate question. However, the answer isn’t as straightforward as one may think. What is for certain is this: a destination wedding us a very cost-effective way to have the wedding of your dreams.

According to The Knot, the average wedding is $33,931. Compare this to the average $7,000-19,000 that one may spend on an all-inclusive destination wedding at a 4- or 5-star resort, and you can see why so many people are choosing to exchange their vows abroad. So where, exactly, will your destination wedding fall within that range? Unsurprisingly, many things can factor into the cost of your destination wedding, but it doesn’t have to be as confusing or costly as you may be imagining. Let’s talk about it.

The very first consideration when planning your destination wedding or Shaadi is location. Location is key for a number of reasons, both obvious and not-so-obvious. Obviously, you want to wed beach with a gorgeous backdrop of glistening waves in mesmerizing shades of blue. And obviously, you want a beautiful resort with plenty of amenities and activities. Mexico, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Hawaii… they all plausibly fit the bill. Not-so-obviously? Factoring in travel distance. Do you want to travel far? How long do you have scheduled for your destination wedding, total? How much of this time off of work do you want to devote to travel instead of enjoyment? How far are your guests traveling? How much time will the average guest have off of work to attend, and will travel eat into that time greatly? What about the availability of resorts? How many resorts are in your location of choice? Which resort will you choose? What’s in the vicinity? The location will make a difference when figuring your time and budget.

Second, how many guests do you really think will attend? It goes without saying that weddings are guest-dependent when it comes to destination wedding costs. We pay per person for almost everything- meals, lodging, excursions, transfers, etc. Knowing a good estimate of the number of guests actually likely to attend will go a long way in figuring your budget. Instead of hoping 200 people attend because you invited 200 and you’re super-popular, perhaps take another look at your guest list and pare down the ones who are unlikely to travel. Objectively pruning the guest list in the early planning stages will save you time, money, and heartache. Properly completing this process can also mean the difference between choosing a less expensive resort or destination over a nicer one due to budgetary constraints. It is also important to know how many guests the resort of your choice can accommodate, both in rooms and during the wedding activities. Larger parties are better suited for some resorts, while other resorts cater specifically to small weddings and elopements. An accurate (as much as can be expected) guest list is imperative when setting your budget.

Third, and possibly most important, what do you want? What kind of experience are you looking for? Is your wedding taste ultra-luxe with all the extras necessary, or are you looking for a more rustic, minimalistic ceremony and reception? Knowing your wedding style when planning your destination wedding is also important and has a huge impact on the costs. All-inclusive resorts offer multiple wedding packages at various price points: from free to upward of $8,000-and the package offerings range from basic to extravagant in accordance with the respective pricing. Wedding packages are almost always sold separately from the room block and should be factored into your budget. Also of note, most wedding packages have a guest limit. Any guests above this limit are charged separately based on whether they are staying on property or not. Wedding couples may overlook this detail when receiving contracts directly from the resorts and end of blowing their budgets on the tail-end as a result. We do not want your final bill to give you a heart attack! Plan ahead!

When planning a destination wedding there are many things to consider budget-wise but it doesn’t have to be scary, intimidating, or wallet-breaking. What if I promised you that you could have the wedding of your dreams with the right budget, timetable, and reduced stress level? Going it alone is passé. Bella Honeymoons & Destination Weddings is here to help you answer all the questions and guide you through the process of planning your ideal wedding on the beach. Contact us today for your free consultation and to have your questions answered by a real person, on the frontlines of the destination wedding industry. Trust me, it’s much faster and easier than reading blog after blog article hoping you get the answers you’re looking for 😉.

A wedding on the beach is all that we need to start our life off right…

Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, DR.

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