blog post cover top destination wedding costs
Destination Wedding Information

Top 5 destination wedding costs to consider when planning your big day!

The question we get the most by far is “How much does a Destination Wedding cost?” Oh, we wish it was that simple! Unfortunately, there is no straight answer to that tricky question, but there are many ways to get close to an answer that fits your own wedding.

There are a million concepts to factor in a wedding budget, but regardless of the destination they are celebrated at, and the number of guests attending it, the type of costs will be similar on most occasions.

Wedding table with tropical decor and wooden furniture
A tropical wedding set up at Iberostar Resort

Here, we present you a list of 5 of the most important destination wedding costs you must consider when planning a wedding at an all-inclusive resort, so make sure you include them in your budget!

1. ROOM RATES

All-inclusive resorts come in all shapes and sizes. Certain room and food standards, beach quality, and entertainment activities are only a few of the details people will look at before choosing the perfect location.

Room rates can go anywhere from $130/night per person to above $500/night per person depending on the season. Therefore, it is important to have an idea of what budget your most important guests are willing to spend to come to your wedding.

General view of a caribbean beach resort in cancun
Oh, just another day in paradise at Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Knowing that will help narrow down the options and make sure that all the people you really want at your wedding are attending.

Here are a few resort categories with an average price example for the lead-in room type. Please note that these are just guidelines, the rates can be different based on the season and occupancy.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY RESORTS

  • Sandos Resorts: $130 – $160 per person per night
  • Iberostar Resorts: $140 – $185 per person per night
  • Ocean Resorts: $140 – $185 per person per night
  • Palladium Resorts: $150 – $190 per person per night

MODERATE RESORTS

  • Royalton Resorts: $170 – $195 per person per night
  • Dreams Resorts: $190 – $250 per person per night
  • Hard Rock Resorts: $200 – $245 per person per night

LUXURY RESORTS

  • Excellence and Finest Resorts: $270 – $320 per person per night
  • Secrets Resorts: $295 – $330 per person per night
  • Hotel Xcaret: $325 – $380 per person per night
  • Atelier Resorts: $450 – $490 per night
Oceanfront wedding gazebo with white chairs, pink drapes and greenery
The oceanfront wedding gazebo at Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Complex

2. THE WEDDING PACKAGE

This is the starting point of all destination wedding costs. Every resort will have a few options. The price will vary based on the number of guests and the type of events included in it.

They can go from “Free” packages if you meet certain requirements, up to $15,000 USD in some cases where you don’t need to add anything else to have the wedding of your dreams.

As a general idea, they could be separated into three main categories. This being said, the following is a very wide guideline as to what to expect. There are many possible options. Contact us to know more!

Elopements or Small group wedding Packages (10-20 people or under)

The “free” wedding packages will have lots of limitations and typically include only the ceremony, a toast, personal flowers for the couple, and maybe a cake for 10 people or so.

They will be offered based on a minimum of room nights (the total of rooms reserved multiplied by the number of nights at the hotel) and some resorts will only allow the ceremony to be on certain days and times as well.

Here is an example of a “Free” Wedding Package at the Dreams Tulum. It is complimentary based on a 7-night stay in an upper room category, or with 15 room nights booked in total.

Dreams Tulum
Wedding in Paradise Package
10 guests for $999
Services of the wedding coordinator plus:

Oceanview wedding deck with arch with flowers
Views are incredible at Dreams Tulum!

Wedding day: Symbolic Ceremony / 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) / Personal wedding flowers for wedding couple / Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast (for up to 10 guests)

Other inclusions: Special turn-down service the night of the wedding / 15% discount on all spa treatments (Boutique purchases not included) / Late check-out for the couple / Free Anniversary Nights

These packages are best for elopements or small wedding groups that are not looking to have a private reception or other events.

Mid-Size Wedding Group (20-40 guests)

The average wedding package will cost around the $3,800 mark and will include between 20-30 guests. You are not limited to that number of people, however, there is a cost per guest for each additional one.

These are more complete and will generally include the ceremony with the basic setup, a cocktail hour, and reception as well as personal flowers for the couple, and the cake. Here’s an example of a mid-size wedding package at Planet Hollywood Cancun.

Planet Hollywood Cancun
PH Love Wedding Package
30 guests for $4,199
Services of the wedding coordinator plus:

Wedding set up at a private rooftop with ocean views
Private rooftop with ocean views at Planet Hollywood Cancun

Wedding day: Symbolic Ceremony / Chairs included / Personal wedding flowers for wedding couple / Personal flowers for 2 members of the bridal party (bouquet or boutonniere) / Ceremony table with linen and tropical centerpiece / Personal wedding flowers for wedding couple / Sparkling wine to toast the newlyweds

Cocktail hour: 3 cocktail tables with white linen / 3 appetizers per person / 1hour of standard open bar service / 1-hour couple’s personalized piped music selection for cocktail hour

Private Reception: 3-hour private reception (select buffet or family-style options) / 3 hours of standard open bar / Round tables with white linens / 2-tier wedding cake, ready to be glammed up! / Personalized menu cards

Other inclusions: Celebrity VIP welcome for the wedding couple/ Wedding couple complimentary STAR Class ™status (based on availability, not guaranteed) / “Getting ready” refreshments & fruit platter for the wedding couple / 10% discount on spa services for entire wedding group (selected services) / Breakfast in bed for the morning after the wedding

These packages may have many inclusions, but they will always leave room for you to add details to personalize your event as you wish.

Large Wedding groups

Then you have the wedding packages for the larger wedding group. They always offer a private reception as the semi-private are not usually possible for this size group.

These are pretty complete with the ceremony, may or may not include a cocktail hour and a private reception. Some offer a rehearsal dinner and a few extras as well.

TRS Yucatan
Party Lovers Deluxe Wedding Package
50 guests for $7,900
Services of the wedding coordinator plus:

Oceanfront wedding gazebo with pink drapes and white flowers
Weddings are dreamy celebrations at TRS Yucatan Resort!

Wedding day: Symbolic Ceremony / Decor according to selected wedding collection / Personal wedding flowers for wedding couple / White folding garden chairs or Tiffany chairs / Couture chair caps and/or chair scarves in your choice of colors from the collection / Two-tiered wedding cake with naked or buttercream icing and fresh flowers

Private Reception: 4-Hour private event: delicious food and open bar included (venue subject to availability and group size) / 5 centerpieces according to wedding theme / Cotton napkins in any color from the collection / White Bentley overlay for your tables / DJ to play during the event (4 hours)

3. PHOTO AND VIDEOGRAPHY

The wedding itself is great but the photos are what makes the memories exceptional! Some wedding packages do include a few photos. However, the number of pictures included is limited and the time frame is usually only for the ceremony or 1-hour.

So when it comes to a photographer (outside of what is included in the wedding package), you have 3 main options:

  • Use the resort’s preferred vendor,
  • Hire a local professional photographer
  • Bring your own photograper
A bride and bridesmaids having fun while getting ready for the big day
A professional photography service can really make a difference! Photo Novski Photography

Resort Photagrapher

All resorts have their preferred vendors for photography. On the Riviera Maya, there are 2 main ones that you can find and that have contracts with a lot of resorts. They are Adventure Photo and Romanza.

You are allowed to use a different company but they will charge outside vendor fees in order for them to come and work on the resort. Here is an idea of their destination wedding photo/video packages and the costs:

Adventure Photos:

Romanza:

Local Professional Photographer

You can also hire a professional photographer locally, but all resorts will charge you an outside vendor fee for them to be able to work on their property.

This fee can vary between $200-$1,000 per service or per person, according to the hotel. However, this can ensure you are working with a photographer that is completely in sync with your vision.

Bring your own Photographer

Lastly, if you are absolutely in love with one particular photographer or videographer, you could include them as part of the wedding party, most properties will waive the outside vendor fee if they stay at least three nights within your room block.

That’s why some couples opt to bring their own from home as another option.

4. DECOR AND FLOWERS

Ok, so this is where the wedding couples can go wild! You can add as little as you wish for a minimalist wedding, or add lots of florals, candles, and even fireworks to make your day extraordinary grand.

See a gallery of popular decor and the average rent pricing per item, courtesy of Canteiro Weddings.

Since most resorts will offer the basic setup, you may also need to upgrade if you wish a specific style of chairs, silverware, napkins, glasses, tablecloths, or anything outside the standard items included in the wedding package.

5. PARTY ACCENTS

If a great party is what you are looking for, here is where you really want to splurge! Since most weddings are celebrated in the evening, and most wedding venues have minimal lighting and decor, you may need to invest a little in here.

  • 1 line with 10 paper lanterns: $174 USD
  • 1 Tiki torch: $17.4 USD
  • 45-minute soloist set: $500 USD
  • 4-hour Dj service for up to 100 guests: $1,300 USD
  • 6-element versatile band: $1,100 USD
  • Votives with led candle: $4 USD
  • Wooden dancefloor for up to 35 guests: $510 USD
  • 1 line of 20 string light bulbs: $116 USD
  • L.O.V.E light letters: $232 USD
  • 45-minute mariachi trio: $600 USD
  • Mayan show with live music: $1,530 USD
  • Personalized signature welcome drink: $3 USD each
  • One disco ball with led light: $350 USD
  • Digital Led dancefloor for up to 35 guests: $900 USD
weddings with string lights on the beach at Finest Playa Mujeres
Beach wedding reception at Finest Playa Mujeres

CONCLUSION

As you can see, there are many destination wedding costs to include in your budget when getting ready to walk down the aisle. We know, it looks like a true challenge, but once you have a clear idea of what your vision is, it will all come to place.

Already feeling overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Find out why you’ll love to work with a travel agent! If you need professional assistance from experienced wedding experts, you can find our info below.

Get in touch, we love to help!
1-888-472-7077
hola@holaweddings.com

Jeff Lanno

Having worked in travel agencies for the past 15+ years, this morphed into managing groups and wedding groups. Travel is my passion. I backpacked the world for 7 years in my 20s and now keep going as much as family life permits it! I visited more than 35 countries (so far), 4 continents (so far) and lived in 6 countries (so far). My goal is to make the travel and destination wedding experience a beautiful and a memorable experience. I love helping people discover new places and experience new things. I can work with people from the USA and Canada, and I am a legally certified Canadian travel agent with an OPC license from Qc.

You May Also Like

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.