Below I will guide you through where to start with your destination wedding. I have broken down my weddings that I've booked from 2017, 2018 and 2019 so you can see how travel costs, wedding prices and promotions work. Here you can see proof of past, current and future weddings. I have included hotels in each destination so you know where to start looking.
Before you start looking up resorts all over Mexico and the Caribbean you need to narrow down 2 budgets. At the same time you need to consider your wedding date, does it fall over a holiday or peak time of year as you may have to increase the travel budget to accommodate or be flexible on the date/month.
1. You and your guests travel budget. 2. Your wedding budget.
Without having planned a wedding before you are asking the same questions... how to estimate travel budget? and wedding budget? without knowing where to start!?
I have calculated the nightly average price from 3 years of weddings that I have booked between Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica to give you an average cost that is accurate to present day.
The average nightly rate worked out to $185.50 per person per night x 2 adults in the room is = $371 per night. If you stayed for a week that is $1,298.50 per person for 7 nights.
Average wedding cost of $7,486 with an average of 42 guests for food, drinks, décor, DJ, dance floor with ceremony, 1 hour cocktail, 3 hour dinner reception.
Average free room or free guest promotion couple received $5,194.
How do free rooms work? One of best promotions that quite a few different brands of hotels are offering is every 6th room free (average is maximum of 3 free rooms). What that means is when final payment of your group is finished the hotel gives the wedding couple the monetary amount of the free room.
To keep it simple if the cost of the week is $2,597 and you have 12 rooms book that is $2,597 X 2 free rooms = $5,194. If you had 18 rooms that would be $7,791 that you would receive.
What most couples do is reduce their travel costs and then put the rest towards the wedding but you may do what you wish.
Total costs for hotel for 1 week =$2,597
Total wedding cost =$7,486
PROMO -$5,194 ($2,597 x 2 free rooms)
New Total = $4,889
What isn’t included is photography and flights to the destination.
Now that you know what an average wedding costs you can decide if you want go up or down in your travel budget and wedding budget.
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Dreams Riviera Cancun – April, May, October, November 2019
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Hard Rock Riviera Maya – September, October, November 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Now Onyx Punta Cana – May, June, October November 2019
Montego Bay, Jamaica – Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall- September, October 2019
Liberia, Costa Rica – Secrets Papagayo- September, October 2019
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"Find yourself at Zoëtry Montego Bay, a boutique all inclusive resort in the upscale Ironshore neighborhood. Just steps away from the Caribbean Sea, all 49 suites were designed with a holistic approach in three main buildings: Wood & Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – a nod to Jamaica’s ecological tapestry.
Connect with nature on our serene, private beach. Cleanse with organic, fresh and locally grown ingredients in each meal. Clear the mind with meditation and yoga. Rejuvenate at the spa. Set yourself to the pace of island life, relax and enjoy the Endless Privilege experience" (Source Zoetry)
What's better than getting married in the Caribbean.....
Getting married in the newly designed overwater chapel at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica!
With crystal clear Caribbean waters providing the perfect backdrop for your "I do" moment, the overwater chapel provides the ultimate wedding location! Offering panoramic views with the optional open-air venue, seating for loved ones, glass floors to see the blue waters below, and plenty of ways to transform the space to make it unique to your wedding theme!
The wide beach adjacent to the chapel is the perfect setting for dinner and end the evening by dancing under the stars!
"Sandals South Coast is also going to make it possible to tie the knot overwater with its new over-the-water wedding chapel, with a breathtaking 360-degree, panoramic water views and a glass floor aisle. Brides and grooms will have the option to make a grand entrance on their special day by arriving to the wedding chapel in style via boat, too." (source Sandals In The News)
Sandals Resorts recently announced the overwater chapel addition to Sandals South Coast, formally Sandals Whitehouse, located on the pristine shores of Jamaica's South Coast. The resort boasts all ocean front rooms, 3 luxury included villages, Butler service amenities, and newly opened Latitudes, Sandals first overwater bar -- drink your nightcap from a hammock suspended overtop of the Caribbean Sea, yes please!
Want to tie the knot here?!
This resort is one of our favorites, just ask how many times we've been here ;)
If you're looking for info, real experiences and making this location the place where your happily ever after begins, let's talk!
Breathless Resorts are known for chic and contemporary style, lots of fun and activities, superb food and drinks and ideal for groups! This resort will be a top choice for destination weddings in Jamaica!
Opening December 15, 2016 – Luxe and ultra-modern, Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa has been re-imagined for sophisticated singles, couples and friends who want to live big, breath deep and experience life at its fullest. Located minutes away from the heart of downtown Montego Bay, the highly anticipated and stylish resort will offer guests a unique experience focused on exhilarating parties, weekly and monthly themed events and around the clock entertainment designed to entice and arouse your senses. The stunning 5-story adults-only resort will boast 150 ultra-chic and lavish suites with state-of-the-art technology, all carefully designed to exceed expectations with furnished private balconies and terraces, stunning mountain and bay views, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, gorgeous marble bathrooms and more.
A social atmosphere is infused into all aspects and areas of the resort, encouraging guests to mix and mingle while enjoying all of the benefits of an Unlimited-Luxury® experience, where everything is included. Limitless access to seven specialty-themed restaurants featuring communal tables and unique culinary experiences, five trendsetting bars and lounges serving top-shelf spirits and handcrafted cocktails, 24 hour room and concierge services, endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment; all without limits, reservations required or expected gratuities.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa
We are super excited to visit this resort for it's opening! Having experienced all other Breathless Resorts we're sure it'll live up to it's expectations! Each resort is unique on it's own and still in keeping with the ultra chic and contemporary style that Breathless has become known for! Each Breathless Resort is ideal for wedding groups wanting a lively and fun resort to celebrate their wedding festivities. Perfect for groups of friends and family to come together and share in all the love and laughs during your wedding week!
We cannot wait for this resort to open! Ready to get started planning your big day!?
We've been lucky enough to travel to some of the world's most glamorous and awe-inspiring places, including Bora Bora.
On our last trip to Bora Bora we went all out -- I mean ALL OUT. We stayed at the Hilton Nui in the only two-story overwater bungalow in the South Pacific featuring a sauna, massage room, 2 suites, 3 full bathrooms, hot tub, infinity pool, and multiple decks and places to lounge around in the bungalow. It was totally fabulous!
Now we won't need to travel as far to experience the glamour and lifestyle of the rich and famous with the opening of the overwater bungalows in Jamaica at Sandals Royal Caribbean! Sandals is already know for offering luxurious accommodations and amenities featuring services that no other resort would include for free. And these overwater suite take the cake!
Reminiscent of a Tahiti–style bungalow, these gorgeous Over-the-Water Villas convey an intimate connection to the Caribbean Sea. From floating water hammocks to private glass floors—your villa delivers an immersive journey of the Caribbean's finest turquoise waters and rich marine life. Plus, guests can enjoy private boat transfers to and from the resort – all included.
Couples can admire the majestic beauty of the ocean from their private infinity pool and Jacuzzi with outdoor shower. You don't even need to step outside to appreciate the Caribbean's best crystal-clear waters. With see-through glass floors, you can experience the ocean from the comfort of your luxurious villa. Lit water ensures you can enjoy the sea anytime day or night.
And of course in true Sandals style your own personal butler. Trained in accordance to the exacting standards of the Guild of Professional Butlers, who provide butlers to nobility and celebrities, your personal butler handles every detail of your vacation with unobtrusive grace.
Although these suites can be a one in a life time experience due to high demand and limited number of bungalows they are certainly worth the wait. Just imagine a stress free relaxing vacation. Where you can literally not move form your opulent room. Your butlers can bring your morning fresh Jamaican coffee and muffins. Then stick your toes into the clear Caribbean waters and see the abundance of fish and marine life floating all around you. Needing an afternoon siesta, just lay back in your over water hammock, or deck lounge chair or one of the many other soft cozy curl up spots!
When nightfall comes your butler will draw you a rose scented bubble bath completed with petals and champagne, perfect to unwind after a day in the sun.
This room is all about luxury and luxury comes at a price tag - And these oversized suites are approximately $2900 USD per night. Remember you get so much more than just a gorgeous luxurious room you also have a fully luxury included resort at your fingertips with fine dining, activities, spas, salons, pools, bars, delis and other amenities to dive into
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