Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Weddings  > Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding Cost


How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

 
average costSimple Beach Wedding: $200-$5,000+high costTropical Resort Wedding: $8,000-$40,000+
post E-mail post Post  

A destination wedding typically means the bride, groom and invited guests travel to a special location for the wedding ceremony and reception and, often, the honeymoon. Instead of spending four or five hours together on the wedding day, the couple and their guests have 3-7 days together.

Typical costs:

  • A simple beach wedding in the United States with few or no guests can cost $200-$800, or $1,000-$5,000 or more depending on size and what's included. For example, the Platinum Florida Wedding Company offers a ceremony only[1] package starting at $200 with an officiant/minister and a rose or sand unity ceremony, or a $2, 995 sand angel package[2] with 40 covered chairs, bamboo arbor, two potted palms, two tiki torches, a rose-petal aisle, an audio system and more. Travel will be an additional expense for the couple and their guests.
  • A destination wedding at a tropical resort can cost $8,000-$40,000 or more, depending on the length of the couple's stay, what's included in the wedding, the number of guests and if the resort is all-inclusive. For example, at Destination.Weddings.com[3] a bride planning a December wedding at an inclusive resort in Mexico reports airfare and lodging costs of $3,600 for the bride and groom plus wedding expenses (dress, license, hair, etc.) of $6,000-$7,000, and $500-$1,000 for other vacation costs or about $10,100-$11,600 total; with guests paying expenses of $1,200-$3,500 depending on length of stay (3-7 days) and airfare. And at ThemeWeddingPlanning.com a bride reports costs of $20,000 for a wedding with 50-60 guests on a private estate in the Florida Keys, including lodging for 25 people.
  • For many destination weddings, the bride and groom (or their families) may pay for the wedding ceremony and reception, a welcome party, a rehearsal dinner and a morning-after brunch. Wedding guests may be expected to pay their own travel and lodging expenses as well as any meals, beverages or activities that are not part of the planned wedding festivities. TheKnot.com provides an overview of who typically pays for what[4] .
Related articles: Beach Wedding, Outdoor Wedding, Las Vegas Wedding, Wedding Chapel or Site, Wedding Reception Venue, Wedding Planner

What should be included:
  • Destination wedding packages vary, but items that can be included are the marriage license, the officiant or minister, flowers, photos, wedding cake, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and the services of an on-site wedding coordinator.
  • For a wedding in a foreign country, plan to arrive a few days in advance to make sure all the details are in place and to satisfy any local regulations (a couple may be required to be in the country a minimum number of days before they can be legally married there). Rather than go through the paperwork required in a foreign country, some couples choose to be married quietly in the United States before flying to the desired destination for a purely ceremonial wedding.
Additional costs:
  • If guests need to make travel plans in advance, it's important to send save the date cards ($0.20-$4+ per card) as early as possible, preferably at least eight months before the wedding.
  • Many destination wedding packages include the services of an on-site planner who knows local vendors and regulations (including residency requirements for a marriage license), although there can be additional charges of $500-$1,500 or more for these services. Some brides choose to work with a wedding planner in their area who specialized in destination weddings and who will coordinate with the on-site planner; the typical cost for this is 10%-20% of the total cost of the wedding.
Discounts:
  • If many wedding guests are staying at a hotel/resort for the wedding, ask about group rates or discounts for the bride and groom. If everyone is traveling at the same time, check for group rates on airfare.
  • Some hotels and resorts offer a free wedding package with a minimum number of nights and/or a certain type of room. For example, SunMex Weddings lists free wedding packages offered by Mexican hotels and resorts[5] and Sandals offers its Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Package for free[6] at its all-inclusive Caribbean resorts if the bride and groom stay at least six nights in a premium room or suite. Always read the fine print, as there may be additional charges for desired items that aren't included in a free package.
Shopping for a destination wedding:
  • TheKnot.com provides a destination wedding planner[7] with details about weddings in a wide variety of locations like Tahiti, the United States including Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe and less well-known sites.
  • If hiring a local wedding planner to coordinate with the on-site planner, search the Association of Bridal Consultants[8] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Destination Wedding
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Location of Wedding: Number of Guests: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.floridaweddingcompany.com/packages.html
  2.  www.floridaweddingcompany.com/Largepackages.html
  3.  destination.weddings.com/main.aspx/wedding-theme-boards_destination-weddings_average-co...
  4.  destination.weddings.com/articles/who-pays-what-for-destination-wedding.aspx
  5.  www.weddingmexico.com/free_weddings.asp
  6.  www.sandals.com/weddingmoons/weddings/collections/wedding-themes.cfm
  7.  wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/destination-weddings.aspx
  8.  www.bridalassn.com/mMemberListing.aspx
More Weddings Topics
Check Out All Costs for Weddings How Much Does a Groom's Suit or Tuxedo Cost? How Much Does a Champagne Toast Cost? How Much Does a Beach Wedding Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Cost of Comprehensive Treatment for 14 yr old
Paid: 6095.00
Consult & Records $225. Treatment, $5870, Ins. pays $1000, $974 down, $163 X 24 mos. Braces for 2 years, price includes two year while wearing braces and two additional years of follow up/maintenance... [more]
-TexasT
Braces Cost
declawing
Paid: 0.00
I had to have my Calico kittie declawed at 7 yrs old due to she was scratching everything but the scratching posts I had. She did fine..this was in 1994..so she was cut..no laser..she lived to be 18 years old with no behavior problems... [more]
-M.H.
Cat Declawing Cost
Price of 40 gal ELECTRIC hot water heater purchased at Lowes
Paid: 238.00
promised 2.5- 3 hrs. But, billed me at 3.5 x 85.00, plus cost of unit; so, $238 new Lowes Whirlpool, and $322 for labor/install= 560 total in Wilm NC to one bedroom condo, second floor... [more]
-daniel, rental condos
Replacing a Water Heater Cost
1st Tattoo
Paid: 0.00
I want a tattoo of 5 small birds and then "Forever in my Heart" under my left collarbone... [more]
-Cheyenne
Tattoo Cost
Molar Filling + Pulp Cap
Paid: 205.00
Cavity was almost to the root and would have required a root canal if I waited any longer. Paid $205 to a discount dentist (I qualified for 40% off since I am an adult on Medicaid)... [more]
-Beth in Reno
Cavity Filling Cost
Hernia Repair
Paid: 600.00
Repaired my umbilical hernia with 3 stitches. Tear was not large enough for a mesh. Total cost before insurance was about $6000. My out of pocket was around $600 since I hadn't met my deductible. Two days off work... [more]
-James_H
Hernia Repair Cost