What is the cost of a destination wedding?
This is every couple’s question during my destination wedding consultation! What is the cost of a destination wedding?
A destination wedding can be free depending on the number of guests you invite and the resort you choose to host your wedding. When I say “Free,” this means the resort wedding package is free for the listed included guests and the minimum requirements you need to have to qualify for a free destination wedding.
There are resorts that will include a free wedding for up to 10 people, including the bride and groom, and there are resorts that will consist of a free wedding package for up to 32 guests.
The complimentary wedding package does not include the cost of your accommodations as this is separate. Each guest, including the bride and groom, must pay for their accommodations, and guests must pay for their accommodations for staying at the resort our couple is getting married.
Every resort offers customized wedding packages based on your wants and needs. The price can go up to $100,000 for up to 200 guests with all the bells and whistles and varies by resort and destination.
We work with all the top resort brands in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Costa Rica, so our couple’s options for both family and adults only all-inclusive and non-all-inclusive options are endless.
One thing to remember when planning a destination wedding is that resorts require 80% of your guests to stay at the resort for three nights or more to take advantage of the wedding package inclusions. A resort is not a wedding venue, so for destination weddings with more guests staying off the resort, we recommend an offsite venue in the destination. This also means wedding couples must contract the services of a local wedding planner transportation to transport guests from the resort to the offsite venue and back to the resort.
For our very busy bride and groom, you can contract the services of a travel agent or a wedding planner to assist you with your wedding planning. The resort also provides an onsite wedding planner that will be assigned to you up to 6 months in advance to work with wedding couples on planning your wedding day events.
At every destination wedding, big or small, we recommend for couples have a pre-wedding event which usually includes a welcome cocktail and welcome dinner. This is generally included with many resort wedding packages. You can have this benefit when you have a group room block through a travel agent. The welcome dinner and cocktail usually cover up to 40 guests at all-inclusive resorts.
We recommend that our wedding couples arrive three days before your wedding as the day of arrival is the day for couples to unwind and prepare for their meeting with the onsite wedding planner the day after arrival. Wedding couple guests will arrive a day or two before the wedding. Once your finalized last-minute details are complete with the onsite coordinator, it’s time to start entertaining your guests with a group welcome activities and events.
Destination wedding couples’ welcome dinners with guests are usually held the night before the wedding so guests can get acquainted with other wedding guests. It’s a chance for them to receive any welcome gifts the wedding couple may have for their guests.
If you believe a destination wedding is something you will consider for your big day, look at our resort wedding packages to get started.