This is How Much a Destination Wedding Costs on Average

Average Destination Wedding Cost

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You could be dreaming about a destination wedding at a luxury resort in Mexico, exchanging 'I dos' at a castle wedding or celebrating alongside your loved ones at a far-flung ceremony location in the U.S. A destination wedding is certainly a special way to celebrate your love, and so we're here to answer your budgetary questions to help you achieve the event of your dreams. We surveyed nearly 10,000 couples who got married last year to find out the average destination wedding cost.

According to The Knot 2023 Real Weddings Study , traveling to a destination to get married continues to be a popular option with 19% of couples married under what they consider a destination wedding (i.e. a location other than where they currently live and/or grew up). So how much does a destination wedding cost? We've got the calculations for domestic and international destination wedding costs versus a hometown wedding along with the average amount spent on vendors hired so you can plan your escape with confidence.

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Destination Wedding Cost: Domestic vs. International Locations

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The average destination wedding cost in 2023 is $41,000, according to The Knot Real Weddings Study—an increase of 15 % over 2022 which was $35,600. As these numbers are averages, use them for baseline knowledge as you begin planning your own destination wedding . It's important to note that destination weddings aren't only beach weddings in faraway tropical locations. In fact most destination weddings take place in the continental U.S . Yes, these may be beach locations, but they can also be in the mountains, at a national park, near a lake or in a favorite vacation spot. A smaller number of weddings were held in international destinations. According to our study, 44% of international destination weddings took place in Mexico, while 20% were held in Europe and 18% in the Caribbean. Here's how the destination wedding costs compare to a hometown wedding:

  • Average cost for domestic destination wedding: $43,300
  • Average cost for international destination wedding: $42,000
  • Average cost for hometown wedding: $33,300
  • Overall average cost for wedding: $35,000

Keep in mind that this number is a national average, meaning we took numbers from couples all over the country with varying destinations, wedding packages, styles and guest counts and divided it by the total number of respondents.

Destination Wedding Cost

Destination weddings tend to cost more than hometown weddings. According to our study, the average cost of a destination wedding in 2023 is $41,000, as compared to the average cost of a wedding overall, which is $35,000. There are a few factors that come into play when explaining the difference in cost.

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Travel expenses such as airfare and accommodations impact costs when planning a destination wedding. One wedding venue option available to couples to help save money is an all-inclusive resort since the hotel room, meals, open bar and group activities are often included in their destination wedding guests' packages. They also typically offer inclusive wedding packages that provide an onsite wedding coordinator, symbolic ceremony, wedding cake and flowers (e.g. bouquets, boutonniere and centerpieces), as well as, perks for the wedding couple like spa treatments.

The time of year when you choose to host your big day may also come into play here—hosting your wedding during the peak season may mean higher travel costs than choosing a wedding date during the off-season.

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Couples were more likely to hire a wedding planner when planning a destination event. According to our study, 55% of couples who planned a domestic destination wedding in the U.S. and 75% of those who hosted an international destination wedding hired a wedding planner, as compared with 34% of those who married in their hometown. While a wedding coordinator is an added expense, if you're getting married in a location that's far from home, having someone to help book an officiant, local vendors and handle all the details along with a travel specialist during the destination wedding planning process is crucial.

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The Knot 2023 Real Wedding Study researched the average cost for vendors hired by couples for their destination wedding. Both domestic and international markets oscillate when it comes to destination wedding prices. Use these costs as a benchmark when you set your budget and research your expert wedding vendor team.

  • Reception venue cost: $14,400
  • Live band cost: $4,700
  • Destination wedding photographer cost: $3,100
  • Destination wedding planner: $2,700
  • Alcohol: $3,200
  • Florist cost: $3,200
  • Rehearsal dinner: $3,900
  • Videographer cost: $2,500
  • Event rentals: $2,500
  • Lighting and decor: $1,900
  • DJ cost: $1,900
  • Guest entertainment: $1,300
  • Ceremony ensemble: $1,000
  • Paper items; $580
  • Wedding cake cost: $580
  • Catering cost: (price per person): $102
  • Local Transportation/Limo: $1,200
  • Favors: $500
  • Officiant: $250
  • Wedding dress cost: $2,400
  • Additional jewelry: $475
  • Hairstylist: (price for one to-be-wed): $164
  • Makeup artist: (price for one to-be-wed): $152

If you haven't set your budget yet, take a look at The Knot Budget Tool . It will help you stay on track while planning your wedding. Prefer Google Docs or Excel? Use our free wedding planning spreadsheet to stay organized and work through budget scenarios.

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If you're wondering how much it costs for a destination wedding in the US, the answer is it varies greatly from coast to coast. Our study reports the average cost of weddings in 2023 for each state (except Alaska and Hawaii). Here are the results for the most expensive and cheapest spots based on the average wedding cost in each state.

The Most Expensive Wedding Destinations in the U.S.

These are the 10 most expensive wedding locations in the United States:

  • New Jersey: $55,000
  • New York: $49,000
  • Massachusetts: $42,000
  • Rhode Island/Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine: $44,000
  • DC-Metro DC, Maryland, Northern VA: $42,000
  • Connecticut: $44,000
  • California: $41,000
  • Illinois: $39,000
  • South Carolina : $39,000
  • Pennsylvania: $38,000

The Most Affordable Wedding Destinations in the U.S.

These are the 10 cheapest wedding locations in the United States:

  • Utah: $17,000
  • Idaho + Montana: $20,000
  • Kentucky: $20,000
  • Nevada: $21,000
  • Nebraska: $22,000
  • North Dakota/South Dakota: $23,000
  • Iowa: $24,000
  • Arkansas & Missouri: $25,000
  • Kansas: $25,000
  • Oklahoma: $25,000

The takeaway is simply that the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. varies greatly, so it's best to do your research and consider all the major cost variables like guest count and travel costs. Find local planners, venues, caterers and other vendors in your preferred destination wedding location on The Knot Marketplace to see what their prices look like—and then compare that to the wedding budget you've set.

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When it comes to wedding planning, the world is your oyster—literally. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the options out there, consider stealing strategies from the couples we surveyed. Nearly six in ten couples said that they chose their location because it was interesting, meaning it was unique or it offered great sightseeing. If you're looking for a way to personalize your wedding day , choosing a meaningful location is a great way to do so. Just over half of couples who wed in 2023 said they decided on their spot because it was special to them and their partner. Consider going back to the place where you first said "I love you" or the spot where you got engaged.

No matter where you decide to exchange vows, The Knot is here to help. Use our wedding website templates to keep your guests informed about destination wedding details, and start an online registry (complete with a cash fund , so you can plan the destination wedding of your dreams).

Maddy Sims contributed to this article.

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How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

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Do you love the idea of exchanging vows at a stunning villa in Lake Como or on a tropical beach on a remote island in the South Pacific? Then a destination wedding might be the right choice for you—assuming you're comfortable with the cost, that is. Before you book a venue and send your save-the-dates , though, it's important to get familiar with the typical price tag associated with a far-flung ceremony and reception. While it may be well within budget for some couples, many pairs find the final price tag to be too steep, so the decision to have a destination wedding or one close to home ultimately comes down to cost.

So, how much does a destination wedding really cost, and what is it that makes these celebrations more expensive than one held close to home? Are there alternatives to a far-away ceremony and reception that feel just as special? Ahead, we have the answers to these questions and more.

What Is the Average Cost of a Destination Wedding? 

The total cost of a destination wedding varies greatly. Prices depend on location, the number of days, the number of events, the U.S. dollar to local currency exchange rate, the time of year, the number of guests, and more. That said, the average estimated baseline cost of a destination wedding hovers around $35,000, according to our experts. Ahead, we explain how hosting a celebration in different types of destination locales impacts the final price.

Beach Wedding Costs

When determining beach wedding costs, you'll want to consider the venue, the location of the beach destination, whether you want a tent on the beach, and the cost of a backup plan, in case of inclement weather. Since beach ceremonies and receptions are typically outdoors (unless using a tent), things can be a bit more unpredictable due to the weather.

Mountain Wedding Costs

For a mountain wedding, in addition to the typical destination wedding costs you'll want to consider (guest count, venue, location, etc.), one of the biggest costs can be getting things up and down the mountain, especially if you're getting married on a very high mountain or at a ski resort . Getting fresh food and catering supplies and the cake up the mountain might require special transportation, which can increase the overall cost of the wedding. You'll also want to consider how to transport guests to the top of a mountain (for example, if marrying at a ski resort in the summer, the resort may let you use the ski lift—but this may come at an additional cost).

National Park Wedding Costs

Costs for national park destination weddings may be less than a beach wedding or a wedding in a far-flung destination. Permits aren't pricey (they usually hover between $100 and $200) and some national parks have strict limits on the number of people that can attend this type of ceremony—so your costs may naturally be lower since the guest count will be lower. However, keep in mind that you'll likely need to hire a photographer who specializes in national park / outdoor / mountain weddings, and that cost may be hire than a regular wedding photographer.

City Wedding Costs

If you choose to host your destination wedding in a city , assume that most costs will be higher than in non-city locations. Venues, hotel prices, transportation prices, catering—it will all be marked up because you're in an urban hub. The best thing you can do for your budget is plan way in advance and expect to pay one-to-two times the regular cost for vendors.

What Influences the Cost of a Destination Wedding?

A destination wedding has the same essential elements as a local wedding. You’ll want invitations , a dress, rings, a venue, catering, a florist, music, a photographer, cake, and an officiant. Travel, accommodations, group activities, little extras, and a full-service destination wedding planner are the factors that will end up costing more.

Planning a wedding from a distance comes with its own set of additional challenges and logistics, so hire a planner who has experience with destination weddings and a trusted network of local vendors.

However, there are some details of destination weddings that could save you money. Destinations in countries where the currency exchange rate works in your favor will typically end up being less costly because your money will go further.

Who Pays for What for a Destination Wedding?

Customarily, travel and accommodations are the guests' responsibility. Depending on the location, your destination wedding might include airfare, a few nights at a hotel, meals and entertainment aside from the wedding itself, and local transportation. In addition, they may have to shop for suitable clothing for the location , and perhaps take days off from work.

In consideration of these expenses (and the fact that everyone is from out of town), you may want to host extra meals and events like a welcome dinner, cocktail hour, or farewell brunch. You are definitely not required to rent a car for anyone, but coordinating group transportation to and from the various events is a thoughtful touch, especially if alcohol is being served.

Ask the hotel(s) whether transportation to and from the airport is offered. If it’s not, you could consider covering that cost for your guests.

If you’d like to welcome your guests with a basket of goodies, a personal note, and a wedding weekend outline, have the hotel deliver to the rooms upon check-in. Fill them with local items like snacks and fruit, wine and bubbly, or any other token you’d like. It's all to say how happy you are that they made the journey to celebrate with you. 

Tips for Saving Money on a Destination Wedding

You've decided on a spectacular wedding location. Now it’s time to read up on some helpful destination wedding planning tips.

Manage your guest list.

The number of guests will influence your decisions on everything, beginning with the venue. If you have your heart set on a remote location or a site with limited space, you’ll have to be a bit stricter with your guest list. If you’re not able to shorten your guest list, consider a destination close to your home city. “We offer what we call ‘local destinations’—venues that are near the couple's home area but may require having guests stay overnight,” says wedding planner Holly Olsen. “Guests feel like they are attending a destination wedding , but they didn’t have to get on a plane.”

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Holly Olsen is the founder of Seattle’s Perfectly Posh Events . With over a decade of experience professionally planning and designing more than 300 weddings, Holly and Perfectly Posh Events have been named Seattle’s Best Wedding Coordinator, Best Wedding Planner, Best Wedding Vendor by Seattle Bride Magazine.

Consider your wedding date.

If you have your heart set on a popular destination, avoid the high-season crowds, and book your wedding during a quieter time for the locale. A shoulder-season of spring or fall will have the best prices for your guests' airfare and rooms, and you’ll likely get your preferred dates (and perhaps a better deal) at your venue . 

Set up a wedding website.

Create your wedding website as soon as your venue and dates are confirmed. If you’re not hosting all travel and meals for your guests, offer a myriad of choices and details so they can make their arrangements. List luxury, mid-range, and budget suggestions for hotels and include any pre-arranged hotel room blocks or flight blocks from gateway cities with contact information and booking codes. Provide local transportation options , restaurants, sightseeing spots, details about the hosted events, the average temperatures at the destination, any specialty clothing they need, and the dress code for your wedding.

Send save-the-dates.

Mail your save-the-dates with the wedding details and your website information nine to 12 months in advance to give your guests time to determine whether they can attend. It’s helpful to include start and end dates for your entire weekend.

Consider requesting no gifts.

In light of the expenses your guests might incur to attend the wedding, you may want to mention the phrase “your presence is our present" on your website and invitations. Otherwise, if a guest wants to give you a gift, they should have it delivered to your home before the wedding. 

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Planning a wedding is an exciting and joyous occasion, but it can also be accompanied by a fair share of stress, especially when it comes to budgeting. If you’re considering a destination wedding , you may be wondering, “How much would a destination wedding cost ?” Well, fear not! In this article, we’ll delve into the details of destination wedding expenses, factors that influence the overall cost, and offer valuable insights to help you plan your dream wedding while keeping your budget intact.

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When it comes to the cost of a destination wedding, there are several factors to consider. From venue expenses to travel costs, accommodation, wedding packages, food and beverage, decor and entertainment, attire, photography and videography, and even hiring a wedding planner—all these elements contribute to the overall expense. Understanding these factors will enable you to make informed decisions and plan your dream wedding within your budget.

Venue Expenses: Choosing the Perfect Location

The choice of venue plays a significant role in determining the cost of your destination wedding. Different locations offer varying price ranges, and it’s essential to find a balance between your dream location and your budget.

Popular Destination Wedding Locations and Their Costs

  • The Caribbean: With its stunning beaches and breathtaking sunsets, the Caribbean is a sought-after destination for weddings. Prices can range from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the island and the venue you choose.
  • Europe: From romantic castles in Italy to picturesque vineyards in France, Europe offers a wide array of wedding venues. Costs can range from $10,000 to $30,000 or more, depending on the location and the level of luxury.
  • Mexico: Mexico boasts beautiful resorts along its coasts, making it a popular choice for destination weddings. Costs can range from $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the resort and the services included.

All-Inclusive Resorts vs. Independent Venues

When considering venue expenses, you’ll often come across the choice between all-inclusive resorts and independent venues. All-inclusive resorts provide the convenience of bundling services like accommodation, food, and entertainment into one package. Independent venues, on the other hand, offer more flexibility in terms of customization but may require additional coordination and expense.

Travel Costs: Jetting Off to Say “I Do”

Travel costs are another significant aspect to consider when estimating the expenses of a destination wedding. These costs include flights, accommodation, and transportation for both you and your guests.

Flights and Accommodation Expenses

Flights and accommodation expenses can vary greatly depending on the destination, time of year, and how far in advance you book. Consider exploring different airlines, comparing prices, and looking for discounted rates or package deals. Additionally, booking accommodations in bulk for your guests might help secure discounted group rates.

Transportation for Guests

Arranging transportation for your guests, especially if you’re getting married in a remote or difficult-to-reach location, is essential. You can opt for shuttle services, private transfers, or even consider group bookings for rental cars. Providing transportation options can alleviate the stress and cost of navigating unfamiliar areas.

Accommodation: A Home Away from Home

When it comes to accommodation for your destination wedding, there are a variety of options available, ranging from resorts and hotels to vacation rentals and villas.

Accommodation Options and Costs

  • Resorts and Hotels: All-inclusive resorts or hotels often offer wedding packages that include accommodation for you and your guests. Costs can range from $200 to $600 per night, depending on the location and level of luxury.
  • Vacation Rentals and Villas: Renting a vacation home or villa can be an excellent option for larger weddings or if you prefer a more intimate setting. Costs can vary significantly depending on the location, size, and amenities provided.

Group Rates and Negotiations

When booking accommodations for your guests, it’s worth exploring group rates offered by resorts or negotiating deals directly with property owners. Group rates can provide substantial savings and ensure that your guests can stay together in close proximity, enhancing the overall experience.

Wedding Packages: Bundling Services for Convenience

Opting for a wedding package can streamline the planning process and potentially save you money. These packages often include essential services such as venue decoration, catering, photography, and more.

What’s Included in Wedding Packages?

Wedding packages typically vary in terms of what’s included. Common inclusions are the ceremony venue, basic decor, a wedding coordinator, a small wedding cake, and sometimes even photography or videography services. It’s important to carefully review each package and determine if the inclusions align with your vision and budget.

Pros and Cons of Choosing a Wedding Package

  • Convenience: Wedding packages simplify the planning process by bundling various services into one.
  • Cost Savings: Since services are bundled together, packages can often provide savings compared to booking each service individually.
  • Peace of Mind: Having professionals handle important aspects of your wedding, such as decor and coordination, can alleviate stress.
  • Limited Customization: Wedding packages may have limitations when it comes to personalizing certain aspects of your wedding.
  • Lack of Control: Depending on the package, you may have limited control over certain decisions, such as vendor selection.

Food and Beverage: Feeding Your Guests in Paradise

Feeding your guests is a crucial part of any wedding celebration, and destination weddings offer the opportunity to savor local cuisine and unique dining experiences.

Catering Costs and Menu Options

Catering costs can vary depending on the destination, the number of guests, and the menu selections. In some cases, resorts or venues may require you to use their in-house catering services, while others offer the flexibility of bringing in outside caterers. It’s important to consider any additional fees, such as corkage fees for bringing your own alcohol.

Open Bar vs. Cash Bar

When it comes to beverages, you have the option of having an open bar or a cash bar. An open bar means that all drinks are complimentary for your guests, while a cash bar requires guests to pay for their own drinks. It’s important to carefully consider the preferences of your guests and your budget when making this decision.

Decor and Entertainment: Creating the Perfect Atmosphere

Decor and entertainment contribute to the overall ambiance and atmosphere of your wedding. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to hire local vendors or bring your own decor and entertainment.

Hiring Local Vendors vs. Bringing Your Own

Hiring local vendors, such as florists, decorators, and musicians, can provide an authentic touch to your destination wedding. It’s essential to research and communicate with local vendors in advance to ensure they understand your vision and budget. Alternatively, bringing your own decor and entertainment can offer a personalized touch while potentially reducing costs.

Entertainment Options and Their Costs

Entertainment options for a destination wedding can range from live bands and DJs to cultural performers or even firework displays. Costs will vary depending on the type of entertainment and the duration of their performance. Research local entertainment options and read reviews to ensure they align with your preferences and budget.

Wedding Attire: Looking Fabulous on the Beach

Choosing the perfect wedding attire for a destination wedding involves considering both style and practicality, as you’ll be in a different environment compared to a traditional wedding.

Wedding Dress and Groom’s Attire Expenses

The cost of wedding attire will depend on various factors such as designer, style, fabric, and alterations. Destination weddings often call for lighter, breathable fabrics suitable for warm weather. Depending on your preferences and budget, you can find wedding dresses and groom’s attire ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Shipping and Alteration Costs

If you’re purchasing your wedding dress or groom’s attire from a different location, consider the additional costs of shipping and alterations. These expenses should be factored into your overall budget to avoid any surprises.

Photography and Videography: Capturing Precious Memories

Photographs and videos are cherished mementos that capture the emotions and memories of your special day. Hiring professional photographers and videographers is essential to ensure your memories are preserved.

Hiring Local Photographers and Videographers

Researching and hiring local photographers and videographers can offer unique insights and a deep understanding of the destination’s aesthetic. Prices will vary depending on the experience, reputation, and package inclusions of the professionals you choose.

Additional Costs for Extra Services

When budgeting for photography and videography, consider any additional services you may want, such as drone footage, pre-wedding shoots, or extended hours of coverage. These additional services may come at an extra cost but can greatly enhance your overall wedding album and videos.

Wedding Planner: Enlisting Professional Assistance

Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming, which is why hiring a wedding planner can be a wise investment.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Destination Wedding Planner

  • Local Knowledge and Connections: A destination wedding planner has extensive knowledge of the location, local vendors, and venues, which can help streamline the planning process.
  • Time and Stress Management: Wedding planners handle the logistical aspects, allowing you to focus on enjoying your wedding experience.
  • Budget Management: A wedding planner can help you stay within budget by offering cost-saving tips and negotiating with vendors.
  • Additional Expense: Hiring a wedding planner adds to the overall cost of your wedding. However, their expertise and ability to negotiate may help offset some expenses.
  • Limited Control: Some couples may feel a lack of control over certain decisions when relying on a wedding planner. Communication and clear expectations are crucial to address this concern.

Average Cost of Hiring a Wedding Planner

The cost of hiring a wedding planner for a destination wedding varies depending on several factors, including their experience, the level of involvement required, and the location. Wedding planners typically charge a flat fee or a percentage of your overall wedding budget. The average cost can range from $2,500 to $10,000 or more, depending on the scope of services and the planner’s reputation.

Budgeting Tips: Stretching Your Dollars Further

Budgeting is a critical aspect of planning a destination wedding. Here are some tips to help you stretch your dollars and make the most of your budget:

Setting a Realistic Budget

Before diving into the planning process, determine how much you can comfortably spend on your destination wedding. Take into account your savings, contributions from family, and any additional sources of funding. Setting a realistic budget will guide your decision-making process and help you prioritize expenses.

Prioritizing Expenses

Identify the elements of your wedding that are most important to you and allocate a larger portion of your budget to those aspects. For example, if photography is a top priority, allocate a larger budget for a professional photographer while adjusting other areas accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQ 1: How much would a destination wedding cost on average?

The average cost of a destination wedding can vary greatly depending on factors such as location, number of guests, and the level of luxury desired. On average, destination weddings can range from $15,000 to $40,000 or more.

FAQ 2: Can I save money by having a destination wedding?

Yes, destination weddings can often be more cost-effective compared to traditional weddings, especially when factoring in smaller guest lists and potential package deals offered by resorts or venues.

FAQ 3: How far in advance should I start planning a destination wedding?

It’s recommended to start planning a destination wedding at least 12 to 18 months in advance. This allows ample time for researching and securing venues, coordinating with vendors, and giving guests enough notice to make travel arrangements.

FAQ 4: Are there any hidden costs to consider?

Yes, there can be hidden costs associated with destination weddings. These can include marriage license fees, taxes, additional transportation costs, and gratuities. It’s important to thoroughly research and budget for all potential expenses.

FAQ 5: Can I negotiate prices with vendors?

In some cases, vendors may be open to negotiations, especially if you’re booking multiple services or during off-peak seasons. It’s worth discussing your budget and exploring potential cost-saving opportunities with vendors.

FAQ 6: Should I consider wedding insurance for my destination wedding?

Wedding insurance can provide protection and financial coverage in case of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies. It’s advisable to discuss your options with insurance providers and assess whether it’s a necessary expense for your specific situation.

In Conclusion

How Much Would a Destination Wedding Cost

A destination wedding can be a magical and unforgettable experience, but it’s essential to consider the costs involved and plan accordingly. From venue expenses to travel costs, accommodation, catering, and more, budgeting is key. By carefully managing your expenses, exploring package deals, and considering the tips mentioned, you can have the destination wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Remember, every couple’s wedding budget and preferences are unique, so it’s important to adapt these suggestions to your specific situation. Start early, research thoroughly, and enlist the help of professionals as needed to make your destination wedding a beautiful and memorable celebration of love.

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Where is the Cheapest Place to get Married in the World?

Do you dream of warm golden sand between your toes? A cliff-top breeze? Or a magnificent country manor? When wedding bells are ringing in your future, where you choose to get married can make all the difference to your day and your bank account.  A tropical wedding might seem way beyond your price range, but we’ve crunched the numbers and found that getting married in a tropical climate could be more affordable than you think. Using a variety of sources, we have calculated the cost of a wedding in some of the most popular wedding destinations around the world. From flowers to photographers and the all-important venue, we have analysed the cost of all of the finer details which quickly begin to mount up when you start planning a wedding.

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The Most Expensive Place to get Married in the World

We’ve compared the costs of a wedding around the world and can reveal that the most expensive country to get married in is France. With an average all-inclusive cost of £26,059, a wedding in France is pricier than the UK and almost twice as expensive as the cheapest destination wedding on our list.  Whilst getting married in a French chateau might be the dream, it could soon become a nightmare if you are planning a wedding on a tighter budget.  Pricey weddings were most common in Europe with Italy, the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal all taking the top spots for the most expensive places to get married at over £19,500.

The Cheapest Place to get Married in the World

The Indian Ocean is often perceived as an expensive destination. However, our data has revealed that the tropical island of Mauritius is the cheapest country to get married in the world.  Costing an average of £12,492 for the full package, a destination wedding in Mauritius is cheaper than every European wedding destination by over £6,500! A pretty sizable saving and a dreamy location too. 

Tropical islands in the Indian Ocean proved to be the cheapest wedding destinations time and time again with Sri Lanka, Maldives, Zanzibar and Seychelles all coming in at less than £14,000 for the full wedding package.

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The Cost of Getting Married in the Caribbean

With its picture-perfect beaches and stunning landscapes, it’s no surprise that the Caribbean is one of the most popular places for a destination wedding. According to this research, Antigua is the cheapest Caribbean island to get married abroad costing just £4120 excluding the cost of extras like the wedding dress and rings, making it 69% cheaper than getting married in the UK.

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Saint Lucia comes in a close second place with the cost of a wedding at £5664, followed closely by Dominican Republic, where a comparable wedding will likely cost £5740.

Venues in the Caribbean are considerably lower (in actual fact many are free if staying at a resort but we haven’t included this as we wanted to compare like for like data). London venue hire costs an average of £5,564, whereas the most expensive destination in the Caribbean is Jamaica, which is priced at £1,417.

Changing Caribbean islands can push venue hire down dramatically, with the Dominican Republic priced at £690 and Barbados priced at £704. This represents a possible saving of over 87%. Take a look at our Caribbean wedding infographic .

The Cost of Wedding Venues

Finding the right venue is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Of course, you want everything to be perfect – but perfection can often come with a price. It’s probably no surprise that hiring out an entire country villa for the day is more expensive than getting married on a beach. But it may surprise you to learn that it can be more than ten times as expensive.

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Once again, Mauritius had the cheapest wedding venues at an average price of just £511! This was accompanied by other tropical destinations including the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Mexico and the Maldives, which all came in at less than £750. These findings suggest that it really does not cost a lot to get married with the sand between your toes.

The Most Expensive Country to Hire a Venue

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Europe proved to be the most expensive place to hire a wedding venue. Our data revealed that France is the most expensive country in the world to hire a wedding venue, costing an average of £9398. This was almost £3000 more than other expensive European destinations including Italy, the UK, Greece and Spain, which were all more than £5000. If you are planning a wedding abroad and your mind first drifts towards Mediterranean coastlines, perhaps these findings may encourage you to look further afield.

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Other Costs to Expect

When you have decided on your destination and selected a venue, there are still the finer details to consider taking your wedding day to the next level. If you book your wedding abroad with SN Travel, lots of the finer details are often included in the price, as well as huge discounts. However, if you want to source independent suppliers, we have priced the cost of a photographer, videographer, DJ or band, florist and officiant, as well as a hair and makeup artist.  When combining the cost of the finer details, it came as no surprise that European destinations had the priciest suppliers, with Italy being the most expensive country at an average of £8831. This was followed by the UK, Greece, and France. These countries all had a combined total of over £6000, per destination, for sourcing independent suppliers.  In comparison, sourcing individual suppliers came to a total of £2074 in Sri Lanka, which is less than a quarter of the cost of suppliers in Italy. Mauritius, Zanzibar, Maldives and Kenya were amongst the cheapest destinations, all costing less than £3500 for individual suppliers.

How Much Can You Save by Getting Married Abroad?

We are pleasantly surprised that a tropical wedding is considerably cheaper than getting married in Europe and, more specifically, the UK. You can save up to a staggering £13,500 by getting married abroad. Not to mention you also get the best backdrop for wedding photos!  If you were to get married abroad with SN Travel, the cost of the venue, flowers and cake will generally already be included (see what we mean in these example destination wedding packages ). Therefore, the price for weddings in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and other long-haul destinations will be considerably less than this data suggests, with wedding packages including accommodation and flights for the bride and groom from around £4000 (this is based on a Caribbean destination).

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For the purpose of this study, we have calculated the cost of a wedding by sourcing the individual cost for each aspect of the day. We have not considered the cost of wedding packages as we required like for like prices for each aspect of the day. Therefore we could not guarantee each wedding package from destinations around the world would include the same things.  The total cost of a wedding in each country was calculated by sourcing individual quotes in each destination and working out the average. This research report was in partnership with Virgin Atlantic , findings from this report are sourced by an independent party to keep the results fair. Therefore, the figures don’t take into account the discounts SN Travel can obtain with our trusted suppliers. Of course, we have only covered the cost of the actual wedding day in our data analysis. There will inevitably be other costs associated with your day too. We calculated the average cost of the wedding dress, grooms suit, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen suits, rings, wedding cake and stationery at £9,500. This would be the same worldwide as you, assumably, would source these items beforehand and take all of them with you to your chosen destination.  Destination weddings obviously come with the added cost of flights and hotels. But, if you are planning on eloping anyway, a tropical destination could still work out much cheaper than a European wedding. And, if you have your wedding and honeymoon in the same place, you don’t have the added cost of a honeymoon to think about.

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How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost in 2024? (+ Pricing Influences)

Delving into the world of destination weddings, I’ve seen their appeal skyrocket; it’s no wonder many couples are drawn to the romance of exchanging vows in a stunning locale far from home. 

There’s a certain thrill in the journey, marrying the love of your life surrounded by picturesque scenery – but amidst the excitement, grasping the full scope of destination wedding costs is crucial. 

As you picture that perfect day in paradise, understanding the expenses that come with it becomes just as important as the dress or the ‘I dos’. 

Figuring out the true cost of a destination wedding —the average expense, the nitty-gritty of location influence, the myriad packages and unexpected add-ons—demands attention and careful planning.

Let’s jump into the factors that affect the cost of destination weddings !

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Breaking Down Destination Wedding Costs

Digging into the nitty-gritty of destination wedding costs , it’s clear they’re not a one-price-fits-all affair. The pivotal elements that you’ll grapple with include the ever-influential setting, the varyious packages and their inclusions, and those exciting add-ons that can escalate the price tag. 

Trust me , I’ve seen countless couples navigate through this maze.

Whether you’re exchanging vows on a sun-drenched beach or in a historic European castle, each location comes bearing its own price tag, influenced by its fame and the amenities on offer.

Then there are the packages—many resorts throw in essentials and frills into a neat bundle, often yielding savings compared to à la carte selections. 

Yet, it’s a balancing act; while packages can help you save money , they may contain elements you’d rather skip. And those add-ons, oh, they can be seductive! 

Customizing your day with every extra touch reflects your personality, sure, but it also pads out the final cost. Keep a keen eye on these facets, as they will define the financial blueprint of your destination ‘I Do’.

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Location, Location, Location!

Let’s get real about the power of place – I’ve seen firsthand how the location of your destination wedding isn’t just a backdrop; it’s a budget game-changer. 

Imagine the sunsets in Bali versus the cliff top views in Santorini; both exude romance but come with vastly different price tags. 

And while the pristine beaches of Mexico might lure you with affordable luxury, jetting off to a château in the French countryside will tally up the euros faster than you can say “I do”. 

Think of location as the multiplier in your wedding equation – picking a hotspot or a hidden gem can mean a world of difference for your wallet. 

From the airfare to the accommodations, every mile added to your love journey can stack up the coins. So, map out your dreams, tally up the costs, and choose the place that ties the knot on your budget perfectly.

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Package Deals Versus A La Carte

Deciding between the ease of package deals and the customization of a la carte services for your destination wedding can feel like navigating a maze. 

All-inclusive packages streamline the process—imagine having your venue, catering, decor, even photography bundled together. This often means a single price tag, fewer invoices to juggle, and less chance of something slipping through the cracks. 

But here’s the clincher : are you really saving , or are you paying for conveniences you don’t need?

Dive headfirst into the a la carte route, and you’ll see a world of possibilities unfold. Every choice, from the beachside DJ to the floral arch, fits your vision perfectly. 

But beware the budget creep, as individually selected services can quickly add up, turning your dream wedding into a financial nightmare. 

My tip? Sketch out a clear budget and stick to it like your love story depends on it. Ask yourself, does this vendor or service make the cut for our big day? Is it worth the extra spend? 

Whatever you decide, let your budget be your compass—it’ll lead you to a cost-effective celebration that’s every bit as unique as your love story.

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Hidden Extras That Add Up

Let’s talk about those sneaky costs that can creep up on you. Consider your foreign transaction fees – each swipe of your card can add a nibble to your budget. 

Don’t forget about gratuities , often not included in your package but oh-so-necessary to thank the staff making your day magical. 

Vendor travel costs and fees might also pop up, especially if you’re bringing in a photographer or DJ you just can’t say ‘I do’ without. 

And have you thought about postage for those overseas invites ? Adds up, right? Do yourself a favour; pad your budget with a cushion for these often-missed extras. 

It’s like wearing a wedding veil – better to have it and not need it, than need it and be caught without.

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The Real Average Cost of Destination Weddings

Digging deep into my years of experience, I’ve seen the sticker shock too many times to count when couples discover the average cost of a destination wedding. 

While I stress that the average cost of a destination wedding varies greatly (that’s an understatement!) and there is no real answer , I can give you my best estimate.

Setting foot in this realm nearly a decade ago, I’ve crunched the numbers and can tell you that prices widely vary, but the average destination wedding costs somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000 USD.

This can be significantly higher for more extravagant affairs or in popular and luxurious destinations.

Ok. I know. You may be thinking this really isn’t an answer to my question! And honestly? It’s a hard question to answer because there are SO. MANY. FACTORS. that go into the price of a destination wedding!

While this is a wide price range, this estimate includes expenses such as travel, accommodation, wedding packages offered by resorts, food and beverage costs, decor and florals, and other wedding-related expenses.

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It’s essential to consider additional costs , such as travel and accommodation for guests, as well as any legal requirements or fees associated with getting married in a foreign country. 

Keep in mind this is an average. If you’re a past bride reading this and think, “hmm, I only spent $5,000!”, yes, I absolutely believe you. Our own destination wedding was $10,000, factoring in every single detailed cost!

Pricing will also be heavily influenced by your guest count , too.

The average cost of a destination wedding nestles quite competitively against the backdrop of traditional weddings, which can easily soar above that range. 

It’s the appeal of exotic locations versus hometown venues that often levels the playing field. 

Understanding that each love story is accented by its own budget and vision, these figures serve as a guide and gently reminder that ‘I do’ doesn’t have to mean ‘I owe’.

All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Cost

If you read $30,000 and thought, wow, this really isn’t for me, let me break down an all-inclusive destination wedding average cost for you.

Flights: You can expect to pay roughly $1000 for flights, depending where you’re flying from, to the Caribbean.

All-inclusive resort : Depending on what type of room you get, you’re looking at around $3,000-$5,000 for 7 nights for a couple. Again, this is an estimate!

Wedding package: Many all-inclusives offer free wedding packages, so that could essentially cost you $0! Of course, if you want to upgrade or have a larger guest list, wedding package prices can go up. The average all-inclusive wedding package ranges from $999 – $5,000. This depends on your guests and any upgrades.

All in all, a rough cost of a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort is around $4,000-$11,000. See how the pricing varies?

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Tying the Knot on a Budget

Dreaming of a sun-soaked beach ceremony without drowning in debt? 

Let me spill the beans on how to make that happen! 

First off, hone in on what’s crucial for your big day – maybe that’s killer photos over extravagant decor. 

And don’t clock out on haggling; vendors often have a little wiggle room, so flex those negotiation muscles.

Consider tying the knot midweek or in off-peak seasons; venues can be a steal, and your guest list might just shrink to those who truly matter. Definitely work with a destination wedding travel agent to help you score the best deal – and they’ll also whisk away your stress when it comes to the travel aspect!

Lastly, say ‘I do’ to local flowers and eats—it’s not just budget-smart but gives that authentic touch your guests will rave about!

I have a ton more tips to have a destination wedding on a budget to help you plan your perfect day!

Above all, weave your narrative into the day—personal touches are priceless yet need not cost a dime.

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Smart Spending for Your Wedding Day

Doling out dollars for your destination wedding can be a savvy affair if approached with keen foresight. Remember, splurging on every detail isn’t a prerequisite for an unforgettable ceremony. 

Instead, prioritize elements like photography or a unique local experience, which will resonate with you for years to come. 

While the average cost of a destination wedding might be a shock to you (or not!) you can certainly change that narrative and cut costs where they need to be cut, without compromising an amazing day.

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Destination Wedding Cost + How to Budget

How much does a destination wedding cost? Is it really cheaper than an at-home wedding? As a travel advisor , I get these questions all the time! And for the penny-pinchers and travel bugs out there, there’s good news: a destination wedding is the smartest choice for your wallet. 

However, most couples I speak to don’t know how to create a destination wedding budget . That’s okay! I know it’s not always easy to find information that applies to your situation, let alone build a line-by-line budget. That’s why I’m here to walk you through all the costs of a destination wedding! We’ll cover what’s part of an “all-inclusive” package, what isn’t, and how to budget accordingly. So, grab some frosty margs and cozy up—before you know it, you’ll be hand-in-hand on the beaches of Cabo!

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Average Destination Wedding Cost

Most destination weddings I book for couples clock in at $15-$20k. That figure includes the cost of your wedding package, travel, photographer, and any minimal decor upgrades you’d like to make. It’s a staggering savings, considering that the average cost of a domestic wedding in the United States last year was $30k. 

Resorts usually offer a few wedding packages for you to choose between, depending on how extensive you’d like your coverage to be. More amenities will mean a more luxurious experience but a higher price tag. However, there’s another way to save! Many resorts offer a free wedding (yep, FREE) to couples who book a predetermined number of nights with a minimum amount of guests. It pays to stay! In some cases, you can even earn some of that money back—more on that to come.

Decor Enhancements

If you’d like to upgrade the resort’s decor or floral arrangements, these will be additional lines on your budget sheet. Your wedding package won’t have any enhancements built into it.  With that said, most of my couples don’t spend much on decor or flowers. Instead, they use the beautiful, natural backdrop of the destination as their main focal point!

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Photo and Video

Most wedding packages also exclude photo and video services. That is a good thing! Why? Because you should be very picky about the photographer and videographer who capture your special day. There are so many styles and personalities out there, and it’s important to book the person who’s right for you. After all, you’re planning to travel a long way for the destination wedding of your dreams. Make sure you find a vendor you trust to capture it all!

I advise couples to budget at least $5k for their photo and video packages. You may need more or less, but this is a good, average starting point.

Comps (& How They Work!)

Here’s where I tell you the best-kept secret of the destination wedding industry: you can put money back in your pocket when you book your wedding at an all-inclusive resort! When you sign your room contract, you’ll automatically earn comps (a.k.a. free rooms). These will help offset your wedding expenses once you’ve booked your rooms. For example, say you booked 30 rooms and received every 6th room comped up to a maximum of three rooms, per your contract. That figure could easily add up to $5k! 

I can’t tell you exactly how much you stand to save since there are many variables to consider (average length of stay, lowest room category booked, room cost, etc.). However, knowing you’ll receive money back is always helpful when budgeting! One recent couple of mine received a jaw-dropping $10k back from the resort. That was HUGE—enough to cover their entire wedding package!

Cost of a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort

To sum up, destination wedding cost is the product of a few factors. But you can always count on paying less than you would for an at-home wedding, and you might even make some of that money back in the process! Ready to start coordinating your special day with the help of a certified travel advisor? Get in touch today !

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How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

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Destination weddings are an unforgettable way to tie the knot. But before you put together your itinerary, it’s important to crunch the numbers! 

So, how much does a destination wedding actually cost? From travel to accommodation and group activities, there are a number of things to factor into your overall budget.

Read on as we unpack exactly how much you should expect to fork out for a destination wedding, including some of the key expenses you’ll need to consider.

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The Average Cost of a Destination Wedding

When it comes to the cost of a destination wedding, the answer is… it depends! Your destination wedding budget will be influenced by a number of factors including your chosen location, guest numbers, and whether or not you’re chipping in for accommodation, activities, and other expenses.

With this being said, the average cost of a destination wedding is reported to be anywhere between $10,000 – $15,000 for an intimate wedding, and between $25,000 and $30,000 for up to 50 guests. Let’s talk about where this number comes from!

Travel and Accommodation

The first expense for a destination wedding will be travel and accommodation costs. This includes your airfares, lodging, and any other transport needed for the duration of your stay.

Costs for travel and accommodation will vary significantly depending on the distance, time of year and destination itself. If you’re planning your wedding during peak holiday season, you can expect these costs to be more expensive – so if you’re trying to save some extra dollars, consider choosing a date in the low season instead.

Accommodation will also be a significant expense for your guests, so try to choose a location with some budget-friendly options. Many hotels offer discounted rates for group bookings, and may even be able to negotiate added extras like a honeymoon suite or free breakfast. Read our guide on how to book a hotel room block for your wedding here !

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Venue and Wedding Package

Most destination wedding venues will offer all-inclusive packages that cover the essentials needed to plan your wedding. This will typically be your biggest expense and usually includes the venue hire fee, ceremony, and reception decor, officiant, catering, and entertainment. 

All-inclusive packages are a great way to manage your budget, and often work out cheaper than booking each service separately. Just be sure to carefully review what each package includes to find the best fit for your requirements.

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Destination Wedding Planner

Hiring a destination wedding planner can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re planning your wedding from abroad! They’ll have the knowledge and connections to navigate the local wedding industry, handle the logistics, and ensure everything runs smoothly. 

The average cost of a destination wedding planner hovers between $2000 and $4000 (or higher for luxury events). While this is an optional expense, it can definitely alleviate stress and allow you to enjoy your wedding without worrying about the finer details.

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Marriage License and Legal Fees

Depending on your chosen destination, there may be certain legal fees associated with obtaining a marriage license – sometimes a few hundred dollars. These costs can vary greatly from country to country, so be sure to research the specific requirements of your location.

Group Activities

Destination weddings offer unique opportunities for group experiences, such as pre-wedding excursions, welcome dinners, or post-wedding activities. These extras can significantly enhance your guests’ experience, but will also need to be included in your budget!

Many local tours, activities, and restaurants will offer special rates for group bookings, so be sure to see what deals are available to get the best value for money.

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Photography

Capturing the special moments of your destination wedding is a must! Hiring a professional photographer will ensure you have memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

Costs for wedding photography can vary depending on the destination and the package you choose, but typically range between $3000 – $5000. You’ll be able to save money by hiring a local photographer, rather than paying additional travel costs to fly someone in.

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Once you’ve mapped out your destination wedding budget, it’s time to start planning the perfect itinerary for you and your guests. Read our top tips for planning a destination wedding , or explore our destination wedding etiquette guide here !

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Destination Wedding Invitation Wording Examples and Etiquette

From timelines to travel tips, read on as we share some wedding invitation wording examples for your destination wedding – and a few etiquette rules to keep in mind along the way.

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The Average Cost of a Wedding vs. Destination Wedding in 2024

The love of your life popped the question and you said “yes.” Now, where should you host your wedding ceremony? One of the most critical decisions you have to make in preparation for your wedding is the location. If considering a traditional or destination wedding, cost is probably the top deciding factor.

Here are some things you should know about wedding planning and the average cost of a destination wedding versus a traditional wedding today.

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Basically, there are two locations you may consider for your wedding. Most choose between a traditional (at-home) wedding location or a wedding location abroad. Which you choose can depend on a few things:

  • The number of people who will be celebrating with you
  • Your budget to pay for the wedding events
  • Venue capacity to accommodate your wedding guests
  • Type of ambiance you would like to create

The average cost of an at-home wedding

Most traditional weddings take place either where the wedding couple has settled or in one of their hometowns. The ceremony and reception could be at a church or other venue nearby. Many assume this is the most affordable way to get married because it does not involve international travel, but that’s rarely the case.

Unless you have been saving for your wedding as long as you have been dreaming of it, you need a budget and the most affordable option. The Knot Real Weddings Study shows the overall average cost of a wedding in 2023 was $35,000. The cost could increase depending on what part of the US you’re marrying and the kind of wedding venue you choose. For instance, certain parts of New York rack up wedding costs of over $80,000.

Getting married where you grew up makes it easier for family and friends to attend, but more expensive for those financing the wedding. A longer guest list means a higher price tag for the venue, food and drinks at the reception. That is the bulk of your expense, but it also includes a long list of to-dos that come with a price. Make sure your budget has room for these details:

  • Wedding dress and accessories (between $1,800 and $2,500)
  • Venue for the wedding processional and reception
  • Travel and accommodations
  • Wedding décor, flowers ($2,800), decorations, etc.
  • Entertainment ($1,700 for a DJ), catering (about $85 per person), and other vendors
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The average cost of a destination wedding

A destination wedding takes place in a location outside the wedding couple’s hometown vicinity. This type of wedding opens a world of choice for where they want to exchange vows. It all depends on the couple’s preferences and, of course, budget. Legal marriage requirements can sometimes play a part in it, too, but most couples opt for symbolic destination weddings so they avoid any legal restrictions.

The exact location of your destination wedding plays a huge part in how much you should plan to spend. Many couples opt for all-inclusive resort wedding venues, mainly because they are a great bang for your bunk and provide everything needed to have a stress-free celebration.

Over the course of the past decade, we’ve seen the average cost of a destination wedding remain much lower than the average cost of a domestic wedding. In 2023, the average cost of a destination wedding was $9,850*, inclusive of airfare, accommodations and the wedding package itself. Of course, depending on your style and budget, this cost could fluctuate dramatically. Still, destination weddings have proven to be a cheaper option than the average US-based celebration, which cost couples nearly $40,000 in 2023.

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!

Since many couples are also concerned about the cost for their guests attending their international celebration, we’ve broken down the average cost of accommodations for the most popular destination wedding locales around the world:

  • Mexico: $2,284 per room
  • Dominican Republic: $2,095 per room
  • Jamaica: $2,585 per room

Depending on your origin and destination, the typical cost of airfare can be budgeted for around $1,000 for two round-trip tickets.

The average length of stay for guests attending an international destination wedding is 4 nights.

And don’t forget, things such as food and drink, on-site entertainment and ground transportation are also included in the upfront cost!

With so many  all-inclusive wedding resorts and packages  to choose from, it’s important to have an expert Certified Destination Wedding Specialist helping you choose the best option for your budget.

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*This data represents Destination Weddings Travel Group customers and is inclusive of the couples spend only. 

Choosing your destination wedding location

There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to destination wedding locations . Some ultra romantic options include tropical beach weddings in Mexico or Hawaii, Caribbean Island weddings, cruise weddings, mountaintop weddings, bayside weddings, lakeside weddings, and exotic European castle weddings.

Destination weddings at an all-inclusive resort give both couples and guests the best deal alike. Meals and beverages come included with the upfront price, as well as many wedding planning resources to lighten the load for the couple, including an onsite wedding planner. And, many resorts have a variety of venues onsite; whether you wish to exchange vows on the beach, in a garden, or atop a beautiful sky terrace with panoramic views of the sea. If having a religious destination wedding is important to you, check out these all-inclusive resorts with  onsite wedding chapels. 

The time of year you wish to get married will also have a role in where to tie the knot. It’s important to take into account peak season price spikes as well as hurricane season should you be looking for a tropical atmosphere.

Cost-saving tips for wedding planning

A destination wedding is an investment for both the couples and guests. Since the celebration lasts longer than just one day, it’s important to aim to save wherever you can. Below are the top cost-saving tips for destination wedding planning .

  • Plan and notify well in advance. Give yourself time to save and plan for incidentals. That way you can enjoy being newly married instead of working hard to bounce back. Potential attendees also deserve a heads up with some form of a save-the-date. Remember, they will be coming out of pocket too.
  • Look for deals and all-inclusive plans. Most international all-inclusive resorts have affordable destination wedding packages that are customizable to your exact vision. Many of them also have special group rates that could save your guests money too. Work with your destination wedding specialist to put together your perfect package.
  • Consider the current season of the year. Of course you want nice weather, but a wedding at the height of travel season is pricey. Climates vary across the globe based on the season, but some tropical areas are warm and comfortable year round. Setting the date outside of tourist season could save a few bucks.
  • Take advantage of reward points to shave off extra travel costs. What better time to use those credit card and airline points than to chip in on wedding guests’ travel costs—or even your own?

If your heart is set on saying “I do” to a destination wedding, you can have all you desire and stay within your budget . Now, you have the facts on the average cost of a wedding, domestic and abroad, so the planning process can be as lovely as the big day!

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If you’re thinking about hosting a destination wedding , you’re probably wondering: How much does a destination wedding cost? Is a destination wedding more expensive than a hometown wedding? The answer to that question is yes—a destination wedding does cost about 11 percent more than a hometown wedding, according to a recent WeddingWire survey. The average cost of a destination wedding is $32,000, as opposed to the $28,600 couples spend on a hometown wedding. But why is this the case? What’s more expensive about a destination wedding? Wondering how much a destination wedding costs? We’re here to break it down and explain why you may shell out more for a destination event—and how you can save some cash.

Okay, so what actually is a destination wedding?

When you think of a destination wedding, you probably imagine a beach event in a faraway country.  Turns out that’s not usually the case.  According to the WeddingWire survey, 1 in 4 couples consider their wedding to be a destination wedding—but only 13 percent said it took place in a different country and 22 percent said their destination wedding took place in a tropical location. So, destination weddings nowadays are less about jetting to a far-off setting, and more likely to be at city or vacation spot that’s meaningful to the couple.

You’ll Pay More: Travel and Accommodations

When thinking about how much a destination wedding costs, you’ll definitely need to factor in accommodations, airfare, and other travel expenses. About one-third of couples hosting a destination wedding had to fly to their wedding location, and as we all know, airline travel costs can be quite steep. And even if you’re not flying to your wedding location, you’ll probably have to book a hotel room or rooms, which can add expense, even at an all-inclusive resort. While some hotels may offer  all-inclusive wedding packages  or certain other freebies to help keep pricing on the low side, you’ll still have to budget for your travel and hotel. And if you're planning a destination wedding during your location's high season (late December through Easter in Mexico and the Caribbean, for example), you'll likely pay even more—so be mindful of the time of year as you set your wedding date. Some couples even help pay for their wedding party’s travel and accommodations—not necessary, but definitely a kind gesture.

You’ll Pay More: The Guest Experience

It shouldn't be too surprising to learn that destination weddings tend to have fewer guests than hometown weddings. In fact, the average destination wedding has 94 people on their guest list, whereas the average hometown wedding has 132. This means the couples are spending more per guest than they would at a hometown wedding. It’s clear that couples are trying to create a special experience for their guests at a destination wedding, whether that means  filling welcome baskets with local treats , hosting pre- or post-wedding parties and events (a welcome dinner, for example), or providing unique food or entertainment. Just as wedding guests shell out more money to attend a destination wedding, it’s clear that couples try to make the experience as enjoyable and carefree for their loved ones as possible.

You’ll Pay More: A Full-Service Destination Wedding Planner

Destination wedding planning  from a distance can be tricky.  Meeting with local vendors, visiting wedding venues, scheduling a menu tasting, and other tasks can be exponentially more difficult. That’s why hiring a local wedding coordinator is even more of a must. According to the WeddingWire survey, 36 percent of destination wedding couples hire a wedding planner, as opposed to 24 percent of couples hosting a hometown wedding. And couples hosting a destination wedding are more likely to host a full-service wedding planner than those hosting a wedding closer to home. Yes, a full-service wedding planner costs money, but he or she can actually help you save money in other areas by connecting you with vendors who are within budget and keeping your spending on track. 

You'll Pay Less: Décor, Attire, and a Honeymoon

While thinking about how much a destination wedding costs can be somewhat stressful, it’s helpful to realize that  there are aspects of a destination wedding where you can save a bunch . For example, many couples choose their destination wedding location because of the area’s beautiful scenery. Let the natural beauty speak for itself and skip the over-the-top décor. If your destination wedding has a relaxed and informal vibe, you’ll likely save money on your attire—a simple beach wedding dress usually costs less than a heavily-adorned ballroom, for example. And, some couples hosting a destination wedding may stay a few extra days at their wedding location instead of taking a major honeymoon and save the big trip for their first anniversary or a different time. While destination weddings do tend to be more expensive than hometown weddings, careful planning can ensure that your big day is stress-free and doesn’t break the bank.

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$10,000 – $35,000 average total cost, $2,500 – $20,000 average wedding package price.

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Average cost of a destination wedding

The average cost for a destination wedding is $10,000 to $35,000 , including costs for travel and accommodations. All-inclusive wedding bundles cost $2,500 to $20,000 for a package that includes a wedding planner, ceremony, and reception for a limited number of guests but does not include airfare or resort stays.

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Cost data is from research and project costs reported by Fash members.

Destination wedding package prices

Destination weddings package prices are $2,500 to $20,000 for a limited number of guests, with most couples inviting around 20 guests. The package includes the ceremony and reception site, décor, music, catering, and a dedicated wedding coordinator, but does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

Planning a destination wedding using individual vendors instead of a package is more costly and time-consuming but allows for more guests and customized options.

Be sure to confirm if your wedding package includes taxes and gratuities, which can add 10% to 20% to the wedding costs.

A wedding arch in a beautiful coastal mountain setting.

Destination wedding cost by location

Destination weddings are increasingly popular with couples who want an intimate wedding in a memorable location. Costs vary by location, with Las Vegas offering the cheapest destination weddings. Aruba and the Dominican Republic are the most affordable foreign locations and Hawaii is the costliest island destination.

Most foreign countries require you to arrive at least 24 hours before the ceremony to apply for a wedding certificate and present your documentation, including your passports, birth certificates, and proof of divorce or death for previous marriages.

Destination wedding cost breakdown

One of the reasons that destination weddings cost as much or more than a local wedding is that travel and accommodation costs are included in the wedding budget. Some couples cover all of the trip costs for the wedding party and close family members.

Other factors that contribute to the cost of a destination wedding include:

Domestic vs. international destination – Domestic destinations have reduced travel expenses, but international destinations often have better package prices.

Season – Off-season destination weddings offer cheaper accommodations and airfare, as well as less crowded venues and activities.

Number of guests –Destination wedding packages are priced according to the number of guests. Larger parties require more seating and staff, increasing the costs.

Airfare – Airline tickets cost around $1,000 for two round-trip tickets, with some wedding couples covering the cost for the entire wedding party.

Accommodations – A budget-friendly hotel costs $100 to $150 per room per night , while a luxury resort can easily exceed $250 per room per night . Some wedding couples cover part or all of the room expenses for guests, with an average 4-night stay.

Local ground transportation –Depending on the resort amenities, some couples book a limo costing $500 to $1,100 or a shuttle-bus package for $1,200 for off-site excursions.

Additional meals – The couple may choose to cover the cost of meals throughout the trip for their guests. When booking an all-inclusive resort, meals and drinks are included in the room rate.

Activities / sightseeing – Most couples pay for their guests to participate in group activities at the resort or take sightseeing excursions to local tourist attractions.

All-inclusive vs. individual vendor bookings – If you don't purchase an all-inclusive package, you'll need to book these vendors separately:

A wedding planner costs $1,200 to $3,500 .

A wedding officiant costs $200 to $1,000 .

Wedding catering costs $30 to $150 per guest for a sit-down meal.

Wedding cake costs $3 to $8 per guest , while a cupcake or dessert bar costs $2 to $6 per guest .

A wedding photographer costs $ 1,600 to $3,600 .

A professional videographer costs $500 to $2,300 .

A wedding DJ costs $800 to $1,600 , while a wedding band costs $2,000 to $8,000 .

Wedding flowers cost $500 to $3,500 .

Beach wedding cost

Holding your wedding on a public beach requires a permit costing $50 to $350 , depending on the destination. In addition to permits, a public beach wedding requires chair and table rentals, which cost $200 to $500 . A DIY or rental wedding arch adds $50 to $300 to the total cost.

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Mountain wedding cost

Mountain weddings can cost as little as $ 100 to $200 for permits to hold the ceremony in a public park or as much as $25,000 to $30,000 to host the ceremony and reception at a private mountain resort. Mountain-top elopements are popular, with couples renting a vacation home and marrying on the property.

National Park wedding cost

National park destination weddings cost $50 to $250 for a special use permit. Some parks have strict limits on the number of people that can attend the ceremony, so your wedding costs will be less than other destinations with a larger guest list.

Apply for a permit as early as possible, as parks limit the number of weddings each day and some do not offer permits on holiday weekends or holidays.

City wedding cost

A city wedding costs $50,000 to $75,000 on average for a luxury wedding at a high-end metropolitan resort. More affordable city options include weddings at a museum, library, or park. City weddings are more costly but also more convenient with easy airport access and numerous venues and vendors to choose from.

Destination wedding FAQs

What is a destination wedding.

A destination wedding is a wedding and reception held in a location away from home. Most people think of destination weddings as beach ceremonies on a tropical island, but mountaintop resorts and foreign cities are also popular options.

A destination wedding can be booked as a bundled package for a small number of guests that includes the ceremony and reception, an officiant, and a wedding coordinator. Some couples book a larger or more custom wedding by reserving a wedding venue and hiring their own vendors.

Are destination weddings cheaper?

Destination weddings can cost the same, less, or even more than a local wedding, depending on the wedding size and location. The average cost of a wedding near home is $25,000 to $35,000 for about 100 guests. Destination weddings are smaller with 20 to 40 guests, but travel expenses increase the total price.

Who pays for a destination wedding?

For many destination weddings, the parents and wedding couple contribute to a wedding fund that pays for the venue package, travel expenses, and accommodations for the wedding couple. Some choose to cover costs for their entire wedding party, while others have guests pay for their own travel and stay.

How much do guests pay for a destination wedding?

Attending a destination wedding as a guest can cost as much as $1,000 to $2,000 per guest for airfare or transportation to the destination, accommodations, local ground transportation, and additional meals. Some couples request no wedding gifts to help reduce the cost for their guests.

The wedding fund often covers the costs of sightseeing, planned activities, and local transportation. The wedding couple typically hosts a welcome lunch on arrival day and breakfast on the morning after the wedding.

Planning your destination wedding budget

When planning your destination wedding budget, first see if your family is willing to contribute to a wedding fund. Once you know how much you can spend, select a destination and venue package that fits your budget. Choosing off-season dates and less popular locations can help keep costs down.

Any destination wedding needs the services of a wedding planner to reduce the stress of organizing a wedding from a distance. To choose a wedding planner, consider these suggestions:

Ask for referrals from recent wedding couples.

Read online reviews from Fash and Google.

Talk with several planners and resorts to ensure they are a good fit for your vision and personalities.

Make sure their portfolio matches your vision for the wedding.

Ask for references from past clients.

Get everything in writing.

Questions to ask destination wedding planners

Before hiring a wedding planner, ask these important questions:

How long have you been a wedding planner?

What experience do you have with planning destination weddings?

What is your availability?

How often will we meet through the planning process?

Will you be there on my wedding day?

Are you connected with local vendors or venues or a particular resort?

Can you assist with the legal requirements and paperwork for a destination wedding?

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So, you’re considering a destination wedding! As you begin wedding planning, you realize one major thing: Weddings are expensive—and destination weddings can be even more costly. Don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to plan a destination wedding on a budget and stick to it. Here’s how to cut destination wedding costs—no matter where you’re daydreaming about saying “I do.”

The average cost of a destination wedding is around $27,000 . However, you can do a cheaper destination wedding starting at under $10,000 if you plan carefully. Compared to the average price of a traditional wedding ( $20,000 to 90,000), this isn’t awful—and, in some cases, it’s equally affordable.

That said, your destination wedding cost can vary wildly thanks to many factors, including the length of your guest list. Fortunately, those many factors create a lot of wiggle room to whittle down the cost.

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Let’s get to the fun part: choosing your location! Are destination weddings cheaper? Well, they are if you choose a budget-friendly location like the ones below.

Jamaica

This picturesque Caribbean island is a top choice when it comes to the best affordable destination weddings. It’s home to stunning beaches and lush mountains—AKA the best kind of backdrops for your just-married photos.

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Mexico is a cheap destination wedding spot with all the trimmings. Whether you prefer the Pacific or the Caribbean coast, Mexico has plenty of options for cheap destination wedding packages, with beautiful resorts, charming towns, and ancient ruins.

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

This U.S. territory is easy to access from the mainland, so you (and your wedding guests) don’t need a passport to visit.

Check into: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This resort town on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic is known for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and all-inclusive packages.

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Belize

This Central American country is a hidden gem for those looking to reduce destination wedding costs, with its lush rainforests, ancient ruins, and barrier reef.

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Colombia

Colombia has plenty to offer for all kinds of international wedding vibes, from the Caribbean beaches of Cartagena to the palm trees and coffee plantations of Salento. Fly here for affordable destination wedding packages and plenty of sunshine.

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Riviera Maya in Mexico often takes the crown for the cheapest place to host a destination wedding. This stretch of Caribbean coastline is well-equipped for all kinds of destination events, with wedding packages to suit all budgets. Its beautiful turquoise water and sunshine add to the appeal.

Destination weddings aren't a one-size-fits-all expense; the price tag for your big day can vary wildly based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Travel expenses associated with your destination
  • Number of guests
  • Type of wedding venue
  • Whether you hire a destination wedding planner
  • Whether you cover costs for your wedding guests (more on this shortly)

The good news? With so many variable costs, there's a lot of room to bring down expenses.

Hidden destination wedding costs

You and your partner will also need to keep an eye out for hidden costs. These include:

  • Added taxes after the final quoted amount
  • Resort fees for anyone staying at the hotel
  • Wedding access daily fees for guests who don’t stay at the resort
  • Service fees for (or rule against) bringing your own vendors
  • Rooms and suites not available at the hotel’s quoted “prices start from” amount
  • Planning costs, especially if you need to fly to the destination before the big day

1. Drive, don’t fly—if you can.

Quick fact: 60% percent of all destination weddings are domestic. So, if your wedding fits into that (getting married in your home country), consider driving instead of flying. This is a no-brainer if your wedding ceremony is only a few hours away. You and your partner could save hundreds—maybe more—by not flying. Even if a plane to your location ticket isn’t too expensive, you have to consider the cost of checking bags to accommodate your wardrobe and likely much more.

If your domestic destination wedding is a little further than a day’s drive and you don’t get car sick easily, consider driving. You could even rent a van and turn it into a mini road trip. You’ll spend less, have more freedom over your travel itinerary, and spend some quality time with your partner before the wedding day mania.

2. Cash in on rewards.

If you fly, don’t forget to take full advantage of any points programs for travel expenses. Look into what rewards you’ve accrued and see if you can apply those to your trip.

Additionally, if you’re a member of any Caribbean hotel chains or a rental car company, keep them in mind for lodging and transportation needs. Using a brand you’re loyal to could mean discounts on your destination wedding cost or a massive influx of points after the fact—thank you, room blocks.

Also, when traveling for your dream wedding, be upfront that you’re a wedding couple. You’d be surprised how willing companies are to celebrate you, even with small discounts.

3. Keep the guest list small.

On a per-person basis, destination weddings are often more expensive than traditional ones. So, the good news is you can significantly cut your budget by inviting fewer people . For perspective, here are some of the main things you need to expense for wedding guests:

  • Airfare: If you fly and also plan to cover travel costs for your loved ones, this could quickly add up to several hundred dollars per person.
  • Accommodations: Destination weddings almost always span more than one evening. As a result, most are a weekend affair. This makes accommodations—like all-inclusive resorts or similar lodging—a must.
  • Transportation: From the airport to the hotel, from the hotel to wedding venues, and vice-versa, you’ll need to provide at least some transportation for your guests.
  • Activities: Some couples will pay for a portion or all of any group activities at destinations like Jamaica.
  • Meals: Rather than having one large meal and wedding cake, your guests will have around three meals daily. Often, couples will cover a few of the additional meals throughout the trip.

This is in addition to standard special day expenses, such as your venue, rings, and officiant. Even so, most destination weddings are less expensive than traditional weddings. The key? A much smaller guest list. The above can add up per person, but fewer people will attend than if you had a local ceremony. With fewer guests, you can save money while still providing an opulent experience for any number of guests.

4. The date matters.

Booking off-season is possibly the easiest way to save money on your destination wedding. This means booking your location during a non-peak, less popular season. For example, having a Hawaii mid-summer beach wedding will cost more than going in the spring or fall time of year. Do some in-depth research on your ideal spot and consider an off-season wedding to reduce your destination wedding cost.

Also, ask yourself if your dream place is particularly trendy. If so, you’ll also run into high demand—and, therefore, high cost. Take these factors into account when deciding your location and wedding date. Thoughtful planning can dramatically affect your bottom line.

5. Choose an off day.

In that same vein, consider hosting your nuptials on a weekday. Chances are there’s a significant price difference in booking your venue for a Saturday—or popular holiday weekend—and a Monday. By pushing the date forward or back a few days, you’ll spend less on everything from your venue to your hotel room to travel.

6. Actively look for deals.

All-inclusive packages, resort promotions, and group rates are all key phrases to keep an eye out for when planning your destination wedding. All-inclusive packages wrap everything up for you, usually at a reduced rate.

Similarly, most resorts work with local vendors and suppliers. They can also coordinate on your behalf and organize discounts, too. If you’re worried about losing your big day’s personal feel, don’t be. You can still ask for customizations and make suggestions and recommendations as you would with traditional vendors.

Don’t forget also to seek hotel promotions and group airfare rates when booking travel. Often, if you have enough people, you’ll be eligible for group pricing. You might even earn a complimentary flight or night.

7. Book a venue with built-in beauty.

You’re probably not going to Hawaii (or Rome or New York) to hold your reception in a ballroom. You and your SO chose your destination because you want to embrace the location and all it offers. Therefore, search for natural beauty—on the coast, in the mountains, on a lake, or in the desert. Let your surroundings do the talking. A cityscape can be all the backdrop you need. Plenty of destination venues require little to no added decoration and have a wedding planner , which helps you save big.

8. Embrace local vendors.

Don’t waste your precious wedding budget on shipping. Instead, hire local vendors close to the destination wedding venue. Understandably, you want to see what you’re going to get, but the venue and vendors should have tons of photos that showcase their work. At the same time, meeting your vendors via video chat is extremely effective.

If you must bring things from home, be careful in how much you ship if you’re looking to save. Paying to send a few pieces instead of upwards of 50 things to your destination with you will cut costs astronomically. You also avoid the possibility of something (centerpieces, florals, etc.) being ruined in transit.

9. Honeymoon at the same location.

There’s no need to scurry off to the airport after your reception. With a destination wedding, your honeymoon is built-in. So book your trip to include your honeymoon dates, too. You may unlock incredible wedding packages and perks (room upgrade, anyone?). You’ll also save on airfare since you won’t be getting home just to turn around and fly somewhere else. So extend your stay, earn great deals, and make more memories.

10. Get legally married locally.

Before jetting off, consider having a stress-free, local wedding. Unknown to many, getting married abroad can incur some unexpected expenses. Every destination has legalities regarding getting married, such as residency periods, paperwork, and even blood tests (Mexico, in case you were curious). A few extra days abroad to meet the residency requirement can be shockingly expensive. You save on legal fees, transportation, and additional days by obtaining your marriage license pre-trip.

You’ve made some headway choosing your location, and the excitement’s starting to build. Here are a few next steps to plan a special destination wedding:

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Planning on a destination wedding outside of the US? Read our Guide to Getting Married in Another Country for everything you need to know.

Who pays for what at a destination wedding?

The couple will generally pay for all wedding essentials (wedding attire, ceremony, reception, and vendors) and maybe some extras like excursions. It's usually expected that guests will pay to cover their travel and accommodation costs, although some hotels offer discounts for guests.

What is the cheapest country to get married in?

The cheapest country for couples to get married in is Mexico. A destination wedding in Riviera Maya can come in at less than $9499, which is far cheaper than the $30,000 average for an at-home wedding. Other cheap places to get married include Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

What is a good budget for a destination wedding?

The average cost of a destination wedding depends on the number of guests, the location, the time of year, and the type of venue. DestinationWeddings.com estimates a destination wedding cost starts from around $10,000 for the most budget-friendly affair with a small number of guests.

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Use points and miles wisely, book flights early, hotels later, avoid baggage fees, be realistic about your financial commitments.

Remember weddings? You might have skipped them over the past couple years, but they're back and bigger than ever (and with steep travel price tags).

Wedding travel is a perfect storm of high-priced factors. For starters, weddings are almost always held on weekends, which is when everybody is trying to fly. They also fall on specific dates, which renders travel flexibility nearly impossible. And, of course, they're often during peak summer travel season, when hotels and rental cars are hardest to come by. Plus, packing formalwear can mean checking a bag, which can balloon the cost still further.

And if you're like most Americans, you'll attend more ceremonies this year than ever before. America is expected to see 2.6 million weddings in 2022, up from just the 2.2 million weddings held in 2019, pre-pandemic. That's according to the latest Real Wedding Study from wedding planning website The Knot.

There’s no way to avoid these realities altogether (short of not attending — no judgment). But each cost can be mitigated. Here are tips for traveling to weddings for less money.

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If you’re flying to a wedding that’s held on a Saturday, it can seem natural to leave on Friday and return on Sunday. Yet this option is often the most expensive one. According to airfare data from Hopper, Tuesday and Wednesday are almost always the cheapest days to fly, while Friday is almost never the best time to leave in terms of cost.

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“You can save close to $50 round-trip on average by flying midweek or by departing on a Saturday,” says Adit Damodaran, an economist at Hopper.

Flying early on Saturday rather than late on Friday can also save you a significant amount on hotel costs, since you won’t need a room for that night. But if that isn’t feasible, consider extending your stay, turning it into a mini vacation and returning on Tuesday, when airfare could be cheaper.

Wedding travel can offer the perfect opportunity to offload your airline miles and hotel points that have been collecting dust for the last year. Since the prices for award travel are often less dynamic than cash rates, they’re less likely to spike during high-demand wedding dates.

That said, you should always compare the cost of using points or miles with the cash price. Use a calculator (or your own math skills) to determine which offers the best value.

It can be tempting to book your whole trip as soon as you receive a “save the date” in the mail, but if your goal is affordability, that isn’t always the best strategy.

While airfare is often cheapest when booked far in advance, hotel prices are often lower close in, according to data from NerdWallet .

The average cost of main cabin round-trip airfare booked six months in advance is $465, but jumps to $577 across the same routes when booked only 15 days beforehand.

The story is completely flipped for hotel bookings, which average $290 per night when booking far in advance and drop to $209 at the last minute.

These prices are averages, and they don’t mean you’ll always get a better deal by booking hotels at the last minute. But they do mean you shouldn’t rush to book your hotel as quickly as possible, especially if your plans are in flux.

And while we’re on the subject of booking hotels: If the wedding planners are offering a discount on rooms at a specific hotel, make sure to check these prices against others nearby. These discounts aren't always as beneficial as they seem, and you might be able to snag a much cheaper room elsewhere that fits your preferences.

It’s tough to pack everything you need for a wedding — especially formalwear — in a carry-on bag. Yet airline baggage fees, which must be paid both ways, can drastically raise your travel costs.

Here are three ways to avoid or defray these fees:

Sign up for an airline credit card that includes free checked bags. Even a single trip might cover the cost of the card’s annual fee.

Get your clothes delivered. Formalwear rental services, like The Black Tux and Rent the Runway, will deliver to your hotel and let you send your clothes back the day after the service. That way you don’t have to worry about packing your duds. You might even be able to get away with bringing just a small carry-on and purchasing a simple Basic Economy airfare .

Wear your clothes on the plane. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about packing your fancy shoes in a checked bag if you wear them on the plane.

Wedding travel can be expensive by any measure, even when employing all of these strategies. So if you’re experiencing financial hardship or trying to stay within a strict budget, it’s worth asking yourself whether you can afford to make it at all.

If you really have no option, get creative about how you travel. Maybe you can drive or take the bus instead of flying, or share a hotel room with a friend or relative.

The point is: Weddings should be a fun celebration, not a cause for financial distress.

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Wedding Abroad Cost For Your Guests

I know this is an area most couples are mindful of when having a wedding abroad…”what will it cost our guests to attend our wedding”.

First things first…being invited to a wedding costs money!

Remember this is true whether you are having your wedding at home or abroad.

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In a survey published by Mintel it states the average wedding abroad cost for a couple to attend a wedding is £1000 – £2,200 .

Generally the further afield your wedding is the more expensive it will be for your guests. For example, if you decide to get married in the Caribbean travel costs will be more expensive than if you choose to get married in Continental Europe, and accommodation costs may rise if your guests choose to combine your wedding with a holiday.

When planning a wedding abroad, I do think it is important to think about the cost to your guests.

If you were going to have your wedding at home, think about where it may have taken place. Would the majority of your guests have had to travel to your wedding location and spend a night in a hotel or B&B? If yes, would there be a significant cost difference between this and attending your wedding abroad? Looking for accommodations that can host larger groups can help cut costs and is easier to organise rather than renting individual hotel rooms.

You know your guests better than anyone so ultimately it is your decision about whether you feel comfortable asking them to come to your wedding abroad.

On this subject my advice would be:

Make your guests’ experience of attending your wedding abroad outweigh the cost of attending.

As well as asking your guests to celebrate your marriage with you, sell them the additional benefits of going to a wedding abroad. Prospective guests wouldn’t be human if there wasn’t just a small element of “what’s in it for me?” involved in their decision to attend!

Attending your wedding abroad will be a once in a lifetime event for your guests, it will be unique and unlike any wedding they have been to before. Going to your wedding may be a chance for your guests to visit a beautiful location they may not have otherwise visited. Let’s face it your choice of location must be fantastic; otherwise you wouldn’t have chosen to have your wedding there!

I recommend getting your guests excited about your wedding destination, let them know what awaits them. A great way to do this is by setting up a Personal Wedding Website  which will outline everything they need to know about your wedding and wedding destination.

There is nothing better than going away to a foreign country, sightseeing, being on holiday, relaxing, eating delicious local food, drinking local wine and having fun with family and friends in a new environment. Your guests can experience all this and go to a wedding as well! I don’t think you will find anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this experience.

In relation to the wedding abroad cost for your guests, one thing you may wish to think about is your Gift List . Our philosophy was “we value for presence not your presents” . We appreciated the considerable time, effort and expense our guests went to, to attend our wedding and as such asked them not to buy a wedding present.

That being said, were were surprised by how many of our guests still wanted to buy us a gift, so in the end we set up a wedding registry. An idea I love and an option well worth looking into if you are having a wedding abroad, are  Honeymoon Gift Lists .  This is where guests contribute towards your honeymoon or holiday activities, such as romantic dinners, scuba diving, upgrades to flights, hotel rooms and transfers.

You now know what the average cost is for a guest to attend a wedding abroad but the all important question is what will it cost you to have your wedding abroad?  

For the average wedding price abroad click here

Wedding Abroad Etiquette

The Finer Details of Inviting Guests

Whether you’re planning an intimate or a grand affair, if you are inviting guests to a wedding abroad they will need extra special attention! Here you will find advice on all things to do with guests & weddings abroad.

The Finer Details of Inviting Guests

Wedding Websites

A personal wedding website is the perfect way to provide your guests with all the information they will need about your wedding. All the information you should include is outlined here.

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Should you Cover any of your Guest's Expenses?

Will your guests expect you to cover any of their costs? Different ways you can help ease the financial cost of going to a wedding abroad.

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How Much Does A Destination Wedding Cost?

D oes this sound familiar? You’re excited about the idea of having a destination wedding, and you have been putting in hours trying to figure out what everything is going to cost.  “How much is this destination wedding really going to cost?”

Your eyes are hurting from the amount of scrolling you’ve had to do searching out prices for resort wedding locations & venues.  And you’ve read enough mixed reviews for every resort venue you are interested in to make your head spin.  

You need to have a  well-rounded breakdown of how much your destination wedding will actually cost you!  Knowing this can save you a ton of wasted time looking at the wrong locations & venues that may or may not fit your budget.  

Here’s a breakdown to help you know what you can expect to pay for a typical destination wedding .  

Cost Factor #1: YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING LOCALE

First, an Instagram-worthy destination wedding starts with a great location!  Maybe you choose locations that are closer to the continental U.S, such as Mexico & the Caribbean. You may be looking for a more exotic destination wedding locale, such as Hawaii, Fiji, Bora Bora, or even Europe.

Usually, the farther away & more exotic a destination is, the more expensive it can be. 

NOTE: if you are still trying to decide on your destination wedding locale, check out the Top 5 Destinations for a Dream Destination Wedding.  

Cost Factor #2: Airfare Prices

Obviously, airfare can take up a chunk of your guest’s budget but only a small portion of your overall destination wedding budget. And if you’re flying during “high season” (Dec-April), flights are going to be more expensive than low Season, (May- Nov). 

With that being said, here are some current averages based on May 2023  travel: 

  • Depart From Midwest or East coast to the Caribbean or Mexico:  $450-$1000 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 
  • Depart From Midwest or East coast to Hawaii:  $600-$1600 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 
  • Depart From Midwest or East coast to the South Pacific:  $2000-$2500 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 
  • Departing From West Coast to the Caribbean or Mexico:  $500-$1000 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 
  • Depart From West Coast to Hawaii:  $600-$1600 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 
  • Depart From  West Coast to the South Pacific:  $2000-$2500 per person, round trip, depending on flight itinerary & destination. 

PRO TIP : There will always be fluctuations in price based on the time of year and even the day of the week. If you find an unbelievable air deal, double-check the type of seat it is and the air schedule.  Many really cheap tickets have incredibly harsh restrictions as well as horrible air itineraries that could get you to your resort so late that you miss all of your first day at your resort. Therefore, they ultimately waste money and delay the start of your “wedcation” bliss! 

Cost Factor #3: DESTINATION WEDDING RESORT VENUE

Every resort offers different wedding locations, amenities, room options, restaurants, and activities. They also offer several food and beverage plans.  AI (All-inclusive) resorts include all of your food and beverages with your package price. EP ( European Plan) resorts offer an ala carte menu where you pay for each meal or beverage just as you would going out to dinner or bar stateside. 

In general, an All-Inclusive resort will usually offer you better value for your wedding group. I highly recommend Karisma Resorts. Check out my blog post on my reasons why HERE!

You definitely need to take your time to look through all the available options. This way you can make sure to book the best resort wedding venue for you and your unique wedding vision. 

YOUR ROOM OR SUITE: 

Another important item on the checklist is the room/suite you choose. The room or suite you choose will impact the overall cost for you & your guest’s destination wedding stay. 

For example, you could love resort (A ) with a base price of $1500 for 4 nights that includes a “standard room.”  But if you choose a swim-up suite for your room option.  The price for your resort stay at resort (A) will now be $2,000 for 4 nights because of the upgraded room option.  

Below is an average cost you & your guests can expect to pay for different types of room stays for 4 nights based on current rates:  

NOTE:  Most destination wedding guests will stay 3 to 7 nights for a destination wedding, with the average being 4 days.  It will really depend on how much each guest wants to spend on their stay.  

Because I won’t send anyone to a resort that is average or below quality, you can assume that all of these prices are going to be 4 stars and higher in quality.  

Luxury Resort: Adult Only  AVERAGE RATES based on 4-night stay:  

  • Deluxe Room:  $1,500-$3,500
  • Suite:   $4.000-$8,000  
  • Butler:  $8,000-$11,000

Highest Room Category:  

  • $16,000-$25,000

GOOD NEWS FOR YOU: 

The good news is, that many resort wedding venues will offer you free nights and room upgrades depending on the size of your wedding group!  In many cases, you can get either part or ALL of your stay comped. There is a way to get parts of your wedding comped too because you’ve earned so many free nights and extras from your wedding group.  

Cost Factor #4: THE WEDDING PACKAGE & DECOR YOU CHOOSE

Most high-quality destination wedding resorts will have stunning wedding packages that will include several options. Those include your ceremony location, music, lighting, cocktail party, decor, wedding cake, reception location, entertainment, food & cocktail menu, and an open bar.   

NOTE: You have to make sure that your wedding group is going to be set up correctly in order to earn the wedding amenities and free nights.  Booking directly with the resorts will not always get you this information, as most resorts don’t seem concerned with letting you know what you can earn.  Booking with a destination wedding specialist will guarantee that your wedding group is set up properly to earn everything you qualify for.   

Cost Factor #5: ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS FOR YOUR GROUP

A great way to connect with all of your wedding guests and to give them a memorable experience during your wedding week is to do a group activity. Depending on your location, you can do an ATV tour, visit a waterfall, bathe in hot mud baths, shopping in a local village, zip lining, golf, rum tasting, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins, etc.  You get the idea!   Due to the size of a wedding group, I recommend you book your group activity in advance

NOTE:  There are MANY tour companies out there. Usually the lower the price the more sketch the company.  Only go with companies that are licensed and insured, and have great testimonies. Check out some of the options here .

For a good quality tour, you can expect to pay around $120+ per person, depending on the type of tour, and activities that are included.   

ULTIMATELY IT IS UP TO YOU!

Your destination wedding can be whatever you and your new spouse want it to be. If you plan ahead and are smart about where to splurge on your destination wedding here and there,  You can have a WOW-type destination wedding without killing your budget. 

If you’ve been struggling or frustrated trying to get your destination wedding all figured out, and you’re ready for a little help,  schedule a free destination wedding consultation with me today , so that you can get unstuck and moving forward on with your destination wedding planning!

Does this sound familiar? You’re excited about the idea of having a destination wedding, and you have been putting in hours trying to figure out what everything is going to cost.  “How much is this destination wedding really going to cost?” Your eyes are hurting from the amount of scrolling you’ve had to do searching out prices for resort wedding locations & venues.  And you’ve read enough mixed reviews for every resort venue you are interested in to make your head spin.   You need to have a  well-rounded breakdown of how much your destination wedding will actually cost you!  Knowing this […]

Five Cost-Saving Tips for Wedding Guests to Consider

Attending a wedding can get very expensive very fast, especially if you go out of town, so here are some considerations for keeping the cost in check.

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Being a guest at a wedding can be a great time: good food, flowing drinks, dancing and memories made. As someone who has planned her own wedding and attended many weddings, I find it much less stressful both financially and emotionally to attend one vs planning your own. However, being a wedding guest isn’t without its financial considerations.

The cost of attending a wedding can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including who the wedding is for, the location of the wedding, whether travel is involved and the related events leading up to the big event. In one study, the Knot reported that the average cost to attend a wedding last year in one’s hometown, where lodging and travel were unnecessary, was $250. Once you add in travel and hotel for out-of-town weddings, the cost jumped dramatically to an average cost of $1,600.

Here are some aspects to consider as a wedding guest to help you plan, maintain good wedding-guest etiquette and keep your expenditures in check this wedding season .

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1. Plan travel well in advance.

When it comes to destination weddings involving flights and hotels, you can get the best flight deals and secure better hotel rates by planning early. Both get increasingly expensive if you wait until the last minute to book. According to The Points Guy , on average, the best time to book a domestic flight is one to two months before your departure date.

Oftentimes with hotel rooms, a couple will secure a block of rooms for their guests at a discounted rate. Be sure to check the wedding invite to see if they have done so, and again — book early because these rooms are usually the first to go. And don’t feel like you have to stay at one of the hotels recommended by the couple. Often, lower-cost options, including home rentals through Airbnb or Vrbo , are just as great and make it easier to split the cost of lodging with friends or family.

2. Plan for pre- and post-wedding events.

For those attending destination weddings, frequently there are pre-wedding events or cocktails and/or post-wedding brunches in the mix. With this in mind, be sure to account for those extra events and additional nights at the hotel in your budget. That alone could add hundreds or thousands to the cost of your trip.

If you don’t have the extra room in your budget to cover these additional events, it’s OK to politely decline! The couple will be grateful that you can attend the main event.

3. Buy the wedding gift ASAP.

By planning and buying the wedding gift early, you also have the best selection of gifts off the registry. By best, I mean the widest selection — one that can fit your budget. If you would like to get the couple a big-ticket item off their registry, consider asking other guests to go in on it as a group gift. Depending on how big your group is, you may even save some money, and the couple will be happy to receive something that may be out of range for one person to afford.

Also, if your budget is tight now, don’t forget that it’s OK to give a wedding present up to three months after the wedding. Most important, stick to what is comfortable and within your budget. This may be an old saw, but it still holds true: It’s the thought that counts!

4. Start saving early.

If you know that you have an expensive wedding coming up, figure out how much you think you’ll need to spend and break down the savings goals into smaller chunks. Don’t forget to prioritize your own future retirement savings and debt repayment when you are creating your savings budget to attend the wedding. 

If you work and receive regular paychecks, try having a part of your paycheck automatically deposited into a high-yield savings account . Many of these accounts are currently paying upwards of 5%, FDIC insured and are fully liquid. It’s much easier to save toward a goal when you set it and forget it and don’t have to think twice about it.

5. Leverage credit card points.

If you are traveling for a wedding, using a credit card is a great way to earn points and pay for travel. The best travel rewards credit cards might offer upwards of 100,000 bonus points if you spend a certain dollar amount within the first few months of having the card. They might offer more points if you book travel and lodging through their website and will offer additional travel deals and travel protection.

For example, I’ve seen deals on my own credit cards that have offered cash-back promotions, sometimes for up to several hundred dollars, if you book at certain hotel chains. Just be sure that you can pay off your credit card debt in full every month. You don’t want to negate those savings by paying high credit card interest on any balances.

Good friends are understanding friends

Don’t jeopardize your own long-term goals to attend a wedding. Remember to set a budget and savings plan as early as possible and revisit it to ensure you stay on track. If you review the numbers and decide you truly can’t fit attending the wedding within your budget, don’t be afraid to send your regrets. The earlier you can communicate that you can’t attend, the better.

It may be tough to skip out on a friend’s wedding, but there are numerous ways you can support and show up for them before and after the wedding, whether it be by attending pre-wedding events, sending them a gift even if you don’t attend or having a bottle of champagne delivered on their honeymoon. Remember that being present in spirit and sending heartfelt wishes can be just as meaningful.

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How Much Money Should You Give for a Wedding Gift?

Find out how much Americans typically spend on cash wedding gifts, then decide how much you want to give.

Cash Wedding Gift Guidelines for 2024

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Cash is often king when it comes to wedding gifts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wedding experts advise starting cash giving at $100.
  • You may want to adjust up to $500 based on factors such as your relationship with the couple, your budget and the cost of your attendance at the wedding.
  • If your budget is really tight, you may want to consider buying a gift from the registry instead.

The amount of money you should give as a wedding gift depends on a range of factors, including your budget, your relationship with the bride and groom and the cost of attending the wedding.

Cash is often king when it comes to wedding gifts. Gone are the days when guests arrive with beautifully wrapped boxes containing gifts they picked from the department store registry, Nichol Burton, founder of Confetti Creator, said in an email.

"While wedding registries have gone digital and any tangible items are typically shipped straight to the couple's residence, one gift remains the same – cash," she said.

Cash can help newlyweds afford some of their top priorities, such as going on a honeymoon or paying off wedding bills.

But how much should you give if you decide to gift cash? Here's what the wedding experts have to say.

While the amount you should gift a couple depends on a number of factors, the latest available data from The Knot reveals that U.S. wedding guests spent an average of $160 on a gift in 2021. Adjust that for inflation and you're looking at about $187 in 2023.

"It's common to give anywhere from $100 to $1,000. I often see the card box on the gift table oozing with overstuffed envelopes," Burton said.

"As a bride myself, I received one $1,000 check. However, this was from an uncle who is well off . For the rest of us, a range between $100 to $500 per guest is considerate," she added.

Factors to Consider When Deciding How Much to Give

Here are four main factors to consider when determining the size of your wedding gift:

1. Your Relationship With the Couple

Your relationship with the bride and groom should factor into how much you gift them. Generally speaking, the closer you are to one or both people, the more you should give.

For example, if you're attending your brother's wedding, you'd likely give a larger amount than if you were attending a colleague's.

"The exact amount might depend on the relationship the guest has with the couple but it shouldn't be any less than $100," Dustin Sitar, managing editor of The Groom Club magazine, said in an email.

2. Your Budget

Your budget should also play into your decision. Run the numbers to see how much you can afford.

"If you have more to spend, then a greater sum would be appropriate. However, if you are on a limited budget , smaller amounts should be expected," Carissa Kruse, a wedding planner and the founder of Carissa Kruse Weddings, said in an email.

If your budget is really tight, you may want to consider buying a gift instead of giving cash.

"Attending a wedding might require a significant cost for a family, leaving minimal funds for a cash gift," Karen Riley-Love, owner of AMI Beach Weddings, said in an email. "In that case, I suggest purchasing an item from the registry as a family gift, and they will think fondly of your family each time they use the present."

3. Your Role in the Wedding

Another factor to consider is if you've gifted your time, energy or money leading up to the wedding.

Did you, for example, plan the bridal shower, organize the bachelor or bachelorette party, do the makeup for the bridal party, or something similar? If so, the amount you give may be lower because you made other investments in the couple's big day.

4. The Cost of Your Attendance at the Wedding

Traditional etiquette says that your wedding gift should be at least enough to cover your attendance at the wedding.

While the average cost per wedding guest in 2023 was $304 according to The Knot 2023 Real Weddings Study , a better starting point might be to think about the cost of your meal at the reception.

"Gifting the amount that the couple paid for your meal should be the bare minimum. Say it's a catered barbecue buffet – the couple likely paid $50 to $100 per person for catering alone. So, if you brought a plus-one, you should be leaving anywhere from $100 to $200 in that envelope. Using those calculations as your base will help set a minimum," Burton said.

There Is No Rule Regarding Cash Gifts

Bottom line: There's no hard-and-fast rule on how much cash to give as a wedding gift. Wedding experts advise starting at $100. From there, you may want to adjust up to $500 based on factors such as your relationship with the couple, your budget and the cost of your attendance at the wedding.

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The amount of money you should give as a wedding gift depends on a range of factors, including your budget, your relationship with the bride and groom and the cost of attending the wedding.

Cash is often king when it comes to wedding gifts. Gone are the days when guests arrive with beautifully wrapped boxes containing gifts they picked from the department store registry, Nichol Burton, founder of Confetti Creator, said in an email.

“While wedding registries have gone digital and any tangible items are typically shipped straight to the couple’s residence, one gift remains the same — cash,” she said.

[ Read: The New Wedding Registries: What Newlyweds Want Now ]

Cash can help newlyweds afford some of their top priorities, such as going on a honeymoon or paying off wedding bills.

But how much should you give if you decide to gift cash? Here’s what the wedding experts have to say.

How Much Money Should You Give for a Wedding Gift?

While the amount you should gift a couple depends on a number of factors, the latest available data from The Knot reveals that U.S. wedding guests spent an average of $160 on a gift in 2021. Adjust that for inflation and you’re looking at about $187 in 2023.

“It’s common to give anywhere from $100 to $1,000. I often see the card box on the gift table oozing with overstuffed envelopes,” Burton said.

“As a bride myself, I received one $1,000 check. However, this was from an uncle who is well off . For the rest of us, a range between $100 to $500 per guest is considerate,” she added.

Factors to Consider When Deciding How Much to Give

Here are four main factors to consider when determining the size of your wedding gift:

1. Your Relationship With the Couple

Your relationship with the bride and groom should factor into how much you gift them. Generally speaking, the closer you are to one or both people, the more you should give.

For example, if you’re attending your brother’s wedding, you’d likely give a larger amount than if you were attending a colleague’s.

“The exact amount might depend on the relationship the guest has with the couple but it shouldn’t be any less than $100,” Dustin Sitar, managing editor of The Groom Club magazine, said in an email.

[ READ: How to Save for a Wedding. ]

2. Your Budget

Your budget should also play into your decision. Run the numbers to see how much you can afford.

“If you have more to spend, then a greater sum would be appropriate. However, if you are on a limited budget , smaller amounts should be expected,” Carissa Kruse, a wedding planner and the founder of Carissa Kruse Weddings, said in an email.

If your budget is really tight, you may want to consider buying a gift instead of giving cash.

[ Read: How to Make a Budget — and Stick to It. ]

“Attending a wedding might require a significant cost for a family, leaving minimal funds for a cash gift,” Karen Riley-Love, owner of AMI Beach Weddings, said in an email. “In that case, I suggest purchasing an item from the registry as a family gift, and they will think fondly of your family each time they use the present.”

3. Your Role in the Wedding

Another factor to consider is if you’ve gifted your time, energy or money leading up to the wedding.

Did you, for example, plan the bridal shower, organize the bachelor or bachelorette party, do the makeup for the bridal party, or something similar? If so, the amount you give may be lower because you made other investments in the couple’s big day.

4. The Cost of Your Attendance at the Wedding

Traditional etiquette says that your wedding gift should be at least enough to cover your attendance at the wedding.

While the average cost per wedding guest in 2023 was $304 according to The Knot 2023 Real Weddings Study , a better starting point might be to think about the cost of your meal at the reception.

“Gifting the amount that the couple paid for your meal should be the bare minimum. Say it’s a catered barbecue buffet — the couple likely paid $50 to $100 per person for catering alone. So, if you brought a plus-one, you should be leaving anywhere from $100 to $200 in that envelope. Using those calculations as your base will help set a minimum,” Burton said.

There Is No Rule Regarding Cash Gifts

Bottom line: There’s no hard-and-fast rule on how much cash to give as a wedding gift. Wedding experts advise starting at $100. From there, you may want to adjust up to $500 based on factors such as your relationship with the couple, your budget and the cost of your attendance at the wedding.

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Uncomfortable Conversations: Being a bridesmaid is expensive. Can or should you say no?

It's worth having the uncomfortable conversation about money up front when the bride pops the question..

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Welcome back to Uncomfortable Conversations About Money, a new series  where we will tackle topics or situations around  money  that make you uneasy. We'll outline the problem and try to get you some usable solutions.   

The dilemma: Being a bridesmaid today is not the same as it was when I was in my early 20s and when I got married nearly 29 years ago. My bridesmaids bought a dress (OK, I now admit it was ugly), I had a bridal shower in my maid of honor's family basement and I honestly can't remember if I had a bachelorette party. This was definitely before there were big blow-out "destination" festivities.

Being a bridesmaid is different now – and more expensive

These days, being a bridesmaid can get very expensive, especially if the ceremony and prenuptial festivities are out of town, adding even more costs on top of the bridal party attire and other expenses. Can or should you turn down an invitation to stand beside your friend at the altar? 

My 27-year-old niece and I were comparing notes recently when she was telling me about an extravagant March destination wedding where she was one of 13 bridesmaids. 

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Yes, you read that right. 

She learned in a “Bridesmaid Zoom Call” – the first of several – that she and other bridesmaids were responsible for tasks normally handled by the bride or a wedding planner. For instance, my niece and the future sister-in-law were in charge of planning the rehearsal dinner and my niece was also in charge of coordinating reception drinks. 

Other bridesmaids were tasked with booking the DJ or arranging for hair and makeup on the wedding day (for $180 to be paid by each bridesmaid). 

“In my head, I was like ‘I don’t want to do this. Hire somebody to do this for you,' ” my niece told me.  

But she put on a smile and said yes since other bridesmaids – most of whom she didn’t know – were enthusiastically accepting the duties. 

“I think she was trying to save money and DIY it, so wanted help with everything, but we really didn’t have a choice,” my niece said, adding that the group didn't receive an accurate breakdown of all the costs. “I feel like that’s a lot to put on somebody else.” 

When I finally tallied up all my niece had spent being a bridesmaid – between the dress and alterations, travel to three different places – for a bachelorette trip, bridal shower and destination wedding – and a lot of other “extra” expenses, I asked if she wanted to know. 

“No,” she laughed nervously. “But yes.” 

“That’s a lot,” she said. 

How much should you budget as a bridesmaid?

While the bride may have been a bit over the top, my niece's dilemma was not that unusual.

The costs and responsibilities of being a bridesmaid have exploded in recent years.

The Knot, an online wedding resources website, has an article outlining costs for bridesmaids that can top $3,430, with the destination bachelorette party bearing the biggest price tag at an average of $1,300 per person. 

A LendingTree survey in 2021 said one-third of bridal party members went into debt for their friend’s wedding and 68% used a credit card for bridal party expenses, with 37% charging more than $1,000.

Peer pressure is a thing for bridesmaids

The pressure to say yes to your friend – even if it puts the bridesmaid in a financial bind, or worse, in debt, is high, my niece said. 

She spent $1,000 on a four-day destination bachelorette party in Las Vegas. That included a $140 per person Sunday brunch with a pre-planned menu. My niece has some dietary restrictions, so she couldn’t eat most of the food, but she felt she couldn’t turn down the invite out of fear she'd be left behind in her hotel room.

Even once the bridesmaids got to the weekend of the wedding, there was no hotel block set aside so the bridal party or guests could get a discounted rate. There was also no transportation provided for the bridal party. My niece and others had to use ride-hailing apps to get themselves to hair and makeup appointments, the church for the wedding and then the reception.

Here’s the final tally of her expenses: 

◾ $140 dress. 

◾ $60 dress alterations. 

◾ $300 to fly to bridal shower. 

◾ $50 bridal shower gift. 

◾ $1,000 for Las Vegas bachelorette trip.  

◾ $600 airfare for niece and her boyfriend to fly to destination wedding. 

◾ $500 for hotel for the wedding. 

◾ $180 ($90 each) for hair and makeup on the wedding day. 

◾ $50 boat activity pre-wedding day. 

◾ $100 wedding gift. 

◾ $120 for Uber rides from the hotel to the makeup appointment, then to the church, on to the reception, and then back to the hotel. 

 ◾ Total: $3,100. 

'I feel like saying no could ruin a friendship'

I asked my niece if she would have said yes to being a bridesmaid if she knew she would have to spend $3,100. She said she would, though it was a hit to her finances.

“If I had more than one of these a year, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” she said. “I would probably have to say no and I would probably feel embarrassed... it just puts you in a weird position.” 

My niece shared a text thread with some girlfriends she had after our conversation. One friend said she was on her 11 th bachelorette trip “so I would hate to do all the math on all mine.” 

Another friend said, “I feel like it needs to become a new social norm to tell your bridal party upfront what the financial commitment is going to be.” 

Another replied: “Honestly, I feel like saying no could ruin a friendship.” 

One friend said she's never said “no” to being in the wedding, but she’s opted out of bachelorette trips.  

Experience makes niece a more sensitive bride 

My niece is now a bride-to-be. 

She’s already cost-conscious and considerate, but her bridesmaid experience has also made her a more sensitive bride. 

She’s only having two bridesmaids and plans on paying for their hair and makeup.

She said she's also been ”saving up like crazy because I want to pay for the bachelorette trip,'' though her friends will have to pay for their flights.

Why, I asked her.

“It’s an unnecessary trip that everybody has to go on and it’s really for me,” she said. 

She’s also looking for a less expensive hotel as a second choice for budget-conscious guests from out of town. 

And she’s not doling out any jobs to her bridesmaids. 

“We’ve hired a wedding planner,” she said.  

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Expert: Bridemaids' duties/expenses 'exponentially larger'

The expert advice: Being a bridesmaid has indeed changed and it is causing financial stress and straining friendships, said Marissa Forsyth, business development director for Junebug Weddings, an online wedding inspiration resource and vendor directory. 

“The expenses that go along with not only being a bridesmaid but being a friend of a bride are just exponentially larger than they used to be, say even 10 years ago,” said Forsyth, who has been involved in the wedding industry for about a decade. 

“I think the rise of destination weddings, destination bachelorette parties are a thing now too.” 

There are also costs for gatherings like a lingerie shower, a stock-the-bar party (a co-ed trend to stock the engaged couple’s at-home liquor supply and engagement celebrations, said Forsyth. 

Forsyth said bridesmaids are spending anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.

A few years ago, one of Forsyth’s friends was in 12 weddings in one year. 

“She couldn't go on vacation with us or have time off because everything was dedicated to these wedding weekends,” Forsyth said. 

How do you have the awkward conversation about costs?

At Junebug, the advice is to “be honest and upfront. Don't come up with an excuse of why you can't be at the wedding that's not related to finances,” Forsyth said. 

“If the friendship is strong enough, it shouldn't affect the friendship in a negative way,” she said, though she acknowledges broaching the subject is much easier said than done. 

Just as important, Forsyth said, is not to flat out pass on the chance to be in the wedding without first calculating your own budget and talking to the bride about your concerns.

Maybe you attend the destination wedding but skip the destination bachelorette party. Maybe you ask the bride if you can buy your dress off a second-hand website or do your own hair and makeup, she said. 

Forsyth said it breaks her heart to hear comments like those from my niece’s friends saying they feel like being honest about the financial strain and saying no to being a bridesmaid would ruin a friendship. 

Don't try to put on a fake facade that everything is OK, she said.

"Showing a little vulnerability can be beneficial to the friendship too,” Forsyth said. "You might find out that your friend is also having financial struggles."

Forsyth also advises tackling the conversation early in the process. 

“You don't want to be the person who everybody assumes is attending the bachelorette party and then back out last minute, and then it causes everybody else to have a bigger bill,'' she said.

So... do you still have to get the bride a gift?

Forsyth said the bride should “make clear to everybody involved what she's expecting."

Some brides say "‘No gifts because you being there is my gift," she said. That "takes the pressure off the bridesmaids in a really easy way." 

A group gift among bridesmaids, where everyone is contributing $40 or $50, could also work, Forsyth said. Also DIY or homemade gifts or buying something small but special on Etsy “is still super meaningful, something that you dedicate your time to without having to put a big budget toward.” 

Responsibility is on the bride

The bride should also outline the budget and responsibilities she's assigning her bridesmaids, said Forsyth.

Map out expenses as soon as you can for bridesmaids so there are no surprise $140 brunches during an already expensive destination bachelorette party, Forsyth said. 

Finally, is it ever worth going into debt?

“We want to say yes, but we can’t be afraid to say no,” said Forsyth of accepting bridal party invitations.

“It's OK to say, ‘I'd love to do this. I'm going to have to be excluded from this point, but I'm so happy to be a part of your wedding day, and I cannot wait to see you walk down the aisle.’" 

The conversation may be difficult but “If the outcome is going to be way more negative than positive to participate in this wedding, then you kind of owe it to yourself to be honest,” she said. "This isn't the end all, be all for your friendship, even though it feels like it.''

Betty Lin-Fisher is a consumer reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on X, Facebook, or Instagram @blinfisher . Sign up for our free The Daily Money newsletter, which will include consumer news on Fridays, here.

All The Details of the Duke of Westminster’s Wedding to Olivia Henson

With the eyes of the world on them today, the couple have put their personal stamp on their wedding.

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Hugh Grosvenor, 33, became Duke of Westminster on his father’s death in 2016. He has been busy heading up the family’s multi-billion-pound property empire Grosvenor Group, and has overhauled charitable organization the Westminster Foundation to focus on helping young people. Hugh has also earned significant sporting achievements, representing Team Great Britain at Olympic Skeet Shooting.

Hugh and Olivia, 31, met through friends two years ago and became engaged at his home Eaton Hall in Cheshire early last year. Olivia grew up in London and Oxfordshire and attended Marlborough College , the same school as Kate Middleton . After studying Hispanic Studies and Italian at Trinity College, Dublin, she has built a career working in the sustainable food sector.

Last month, Olivia told Town & Country that they plan to live and build their lives in Chester after the wedding.

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Ancient Chester Cathedral in the heart of the city was a natural choice of location for the couple to say I do. The cathedral dates back to 1093 and has had links to the Grosvenor family since the 12th Century. Hugh’s sister Lady Tamara was married there in 2004, and a memorial service for Hugh’s father, the 6th Duke of Westminster, was held there in 2016.

After the wedding there will be a private reception at Eaton Estate, which is on the outskirts of Chester and home to the Grosvenor family since the 1400s. The 11,000-acre estate consists of property Eaton Hall as well as gardens, farmland and woodland.

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Olivia’s bespoke ivory silk crepe satin dress and veil were designed by Emma Victoria Payne, and incorporated floral motifs and edgings from Olivia’s great great grandmother’s veil from around 1880.

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Olivia wore the Fabergé Myrtle Leaf Tiara made for Grosvenor brides to wear on their wedding day. It has been in the Grosvenor family since its creation in 1906.

It was the same Tiara worn by Hugh’s older sister Tamara on her wedding day in 2004.

The Bridal Party

The Duke chose three of his best friends as his best men. He has around 10 ushers, including Prince William, who arrived in a black van at 10:30 a.m. local time.

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The bridesmaids are Hugh’s three nieces: his sister Tamara’s daughter Isla and Edwina’s daughters Zia and Orla.

The Flowers

A spokesperson for the family described the flowers as 100% British and said the couple had chosen “seasonal flowers sourced from local growers through the ‘Flowers from the Farm’ network, which champions artisan growers.” Designed by London-based floral studio Flower & Press, the floral arrangements include rambling roses, philadelphus, campanula and orlaya grandiflora. Birch trees lined of the Cathedral.

“After the wedding, the flowers will be repurposed, with all possible flowers made into bouquets and delivered to local charities, churches and organisations, including those with whom the Grosvenor family have a close association,” a spokesman said. "The birch trees will be relocated to the Eaton Estate.”

Olivia’s bouquet of flowers, picked from the Easton Hall gardens, was made up of Meadow grass, Ox eye daisies, Iris, Rose, Clematis, Mock orange, Scabious, Sweet pea, Astrantia, Martagon lily and Love in a mist.

The Service

The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, lead and officiated the wedding service. The Bishop of Chester, the Right Revd Mark Tanner preached and Revd Canon Rosie Woodall lead prayers. Music was provided by Chester Cathedral Choir accompanied by a group of musicians from north west England.

The Transport

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Olivia arrived at the service with her father Rupert Henson in a vintage Bentley which was provided by the Heritage Collection of Bentley Motors in Crewe. A spokesperson said the car was originally made for W.O. Bentley, the founder of Bentley Motors, in 1930.

Many of the 400 guests were transported to the service in coaches which drove past the crowds in Chester before dropping guests at the Cathedral’s side door.

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Town & Country Contributing Editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family since 2010. She has interviewed Prince Harry and has travelled the world covering several royal tours. She is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America. Victoria authored Town & Country book The Queen: A Life in Pictures , released in 2021. 

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  5. Your Average Cost of a Destination Wedding in 2024

    According to Brides.com, a destination wedding in 2024/2025 averages $35,000. This is for a destination wedding in Europe. In Mexico or the Caribbean, costs can be significantly lower, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. This includes the average cost of airfare, hotel accommodations, and other expenses. Airfare costs can range from $200 - $2,000 ...

  6. The Cost Of Getting Married Abroad

    London venue hire costs an average of £5,564, whereas the most expensive destination in the Caribbean is Jamaica, which is priced at £1,417. Changing Caribbean islands can push venue hire down dramatically, with the Dominican Republic priced at £690 and Barbados priced at £704. This represents a possible saving of over 87%.

  7. How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost in 2024?

    Of course, if you want to upgrade or have a larger guest list, wedding package prices can go up. The average all-inclusive wedding package ranges from $999 - $5,000. This depends on your guests and any upgrades. All in all, a rough cost of a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort is around $4,000-$11,000.

  8. Destination Wedding Cost + How to Budget

    Average Destination Wedding Cost. Most destination weddings I book for couples clock in at $15-$20k. That figure includes the cost of your wedding package, travel, photographer, and any minimal decor upgrades you'd like to make.

  9. How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

    Costs for wedding photography can vary depending on the destination and the package you choose, but typically range between $3000 - $5000. You'll be able to save money by hiring a local photographer, rather than paying additional travel costs to fly someone in.

  10. Average Cost of Wedding vs. Destination Wedding in 2024

    Mexico: $2,284 per room. Dominican Republic: $2,095 per room. Jamaica: $2,585 per room. Depending on your origin and destination, the typical cost of airfare can be budgeted for around $1,000 for two round-trip tickets. The average length of stay for guests attending an international destination wedding is 4 nights.

  11. How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

    The answer to that question is yes—a destination wedding does cost about 11 percent more than a hometown wedding, according to a recent WeddingWire survey. The average cost of a destination wedding is $32,000, as opposed to the $28,600 couples spend on a hometown wedding. But why is this the case?

  12. How Much Will a Destination Wedding Cost?

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  13. How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost? (2024)

    The average cost for a destination wedding is $10,000 to $35,000, including costs for travel and accommodations. All-inclusive wedding bundles cost $2,500 to $20,000 for a package that includes a wedding planner, ceremony, and reception for a limited number of guests but does not include airfare or resort stays.

  14. The Average Destination Wedding Cost (and How to Save)

    Since destination weddings tend to have a smaller guest list than local weddings, we asked planners to weigh in on the average cost for hosting under 50 guests. "The cost estimate of $10,000 to $25,000 for an average destination wedding for 30 to 50 guests is based on the bare essentials such as venue, caterer, florals and entertainment.

  15. Destination Wedding Cost + Tips to Cut Costs

    The average cost of a destination wedding is around $27,000. However, you can do a cheaper destination wedding starting at under $10,000 if you plan carefully. Compared to the average price of a traditional wedding ( $20,000 to 90,000), this isn't awful—and, in some cases, it's equally affordable. That said, your destination wedding cost ...

  16. How to Travel Cheap to a Wedding

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  17. Wedding Price Abroad

    Photo courtesy of Horia Photography. As it currently stands, the latest survey figures state that the average cost of a wedding abroad is £14,200 (bridebook.co.uk 2018 National Wedding Survey). With the average cost of a wedding in the UK being £30,000 this means you could pay less than half the cost of a UK wedding if you decide to get ...

  18. Wedding Abroad Cost

    In a survey published by Mintel it states the average wedding abroad cost for a couple to attend a wedding is £1000 - £2,200. Generally the further afield your wedding is the more expensive it will be for your guests. For example, if you decide to get married in the Caribbean travel costs will be more expensive than if you choose to get ...

  19. How Much Does A Destination Wedding Cost?

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    In one study, the Knot reported that the average cost to attend a wedding last year in one's hometown, where lodging and travel were unnecessary, was $250. Once you add in travel and hotel for ...

  21. Gift Ideas and Gift Guides

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  22. How Much Money Should You Give for a Wedding Gift?

    While the amount you should gift a couple depends on a number of factors, the latest available data from The Knot reveals that U.S. wedding guests spent an average of $160 on a gift in 2021 ...

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