What percentage of invited guests attend a destination wedding?
For destination weddings, the percentage of guests that will attend will vary significantly, typically on the location abroad, time of the year and cost. We have found that between 35% and 75% of those invited will typically show up for a ceremony or reception. If it’s a domestic destination wedding, as a general rule of thumb, 60% – 70% of the guests invited will attend.
Where can I have my destination wedding ceremony?
Although most couples automatically assume that their only option is a beach wedding, many resorts in Mexico & the Caribbeans now give the option of hosting weddings in different locations (on the Golf Course, Sky Terrace overlooking the ocean which allows for a beach vibe where you can still wear heels, in a Ballroom or Foyer, beach or garden Gazebo, private garden location, etc.).
Couples looking for a religious ceremony, destination weddings allow them to think outside the box with chapels overlooking the ocean. Destination weddings have come a long way from beach only locations!
And, if you don’t envision a beach wedding with toes in the sand, you can skip the beach altogether and choose a cultural/historical setting or a specific location that is special to you. Dreamavoo specializes in custom curated travel planning and can help you plan your destination wedding of your dream.
If we select to have our special event outdoors, what happens if it rains?
Dreamavoo will work with the resorts/venues to always have a contingency plan set in plan. You won’t have to worry about getting stuck outside if it’s pouring on your wedding day. We will help you negotiate your venue contract to always have option 2 stated. The resort will reserve an outdoor location and an indoor location for you. If the forecast calls for rain, your coordinator will ask you that early afternoon if you wish to go ahead and move your wedding to a location inside such as a ballroom or a nice foyer. The wedding coordinators always have a back-up plan so you don’t have to worry!
What are the savings? What is the average cost of a destination wedding?
In 2019, the average cost of a destination wedding was $8,237*, inclusive of airfare, accommodations and the wedding package itself… a much cheaper option than the average US-based celebration, which cost couples nearly $40,000 in 2019 on average. Of course, depending on your style and budget, this cost could fluctuate dramatically. Our couples have had simple weddings for 20 guests, and they’ve had extravagant weddings with all the glitz and glamour for 200 guests. These weddings have ranged from $5K – $50K, but the average is roughly $10K for 50 guests. Remember, the #1 most important factor is guest count. The more people you have, the larger the budget should be. Besides the overall cost savings, keep in mind, when tying the knot at an all-inclusive resort venue, your cost includes all meals, drinks and on-site entertainment/activities, as well as key components to the wedding itself, including ceremony and reception decor, flowers, music, and sometimes even photography!
Nevertheless, most couples are more concerned for their guests to attend their destination wedding and their budget… The cost will heavily depend on the departure city, destination and resort chosen, as well as the time of year. In our experience, if two guests are departing from the United States, and they’re sharing a room to a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean, these guests will pay, on average, $1,500 per person for a package that includes roundtrip airfare, roundtrip airport transfers, and all-inclusive premium accommodations for 4 nights/5 days, As an estimate, the average range is $1,200-$1,800 per person. Dreamavoo can be the main point of contact to coordinate your guests’ travel plans so that you can enjoy this memorable experience.
Is there a specific time of the year that is better?
Specific to Mexico and the Carbbeans, the most expensive time of the year to travel is during holiday weekends or peak travel season which begins in Mid-December and goes into April. Mid-season starts in April and goes through the end of August. This is also a very popular time for weddings since children are typically out of school for summer break. September through Mid-December is considered low season due to the weather and hurricane season. During this time, we tend to see the least expensive travel packages.
What are the First Steps of a destination wedding plan?
First, what do you envision your celebration to be like? Similar to travel, weddings are deeply personal so the couple need to decide first and foremost what the "Pefect Day" should be like. Then, Dreamavoo recommends setting an amount that you feel comfortable asking your guests to spend in order to attend your wedding, and then we can help narrow down the options based on your needs.
When do we need to book and send out the invitations?
For traditional weddings here in the states, you would typically send your invites out a couple of months before the wedding; however, with destination weddings, we recommend that you send out your invites at least 8 months in advance so that your guests can place a deposit on their rooms at least 6 months prior to your big day. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of the resort selling out or the price increasing substantially before your guests book, but it will also allow you to get a more accurate headcount so you can plan accordingly. The sooner you have a final headcount, the sooner you’ll be able to finalize your wedding details!
Do you have other recommendations?
When traveling to a foreign country, it’s important for you and your guests to pre-book your roundtrip transportation between the airport and the resort. We recommend doing this beforehand to ensure your guests have a stress-free arrival and don’t have to worry about hailing a cab in a foreign country or trying to get an Uber that may or may not be available. It also offers the convenience of having a pre-vetted company that handles transfers daily in the destination.