How Much Does a Destination Wedding Cost?

by Liza Hollis

Travel Costs

The price of a destination wedding depends on several factors. Generally you can expect to spend anywhere between $30,000 and $90,000, depending on your location and how many people are in attendance. The first factor is your desired location. The major cost associated with planning a destination wedding is, of course, the mode of transportation you use to get to your locale. For example, you will likely be traveling via airplane. The airfare depends on where you are going and how far in advance you purchase tickets. Usually the further in advance you purchase the ticket, the less expensive it will be. However, depending on your destination, a single ticket can range from $300 to $1,000 or more per person round trip.

Wedding Venue

Also factor in the cost of the wedding venue. You will typically need to pay a higher deposit than if you were a local. Budget $2,000 to $6,000 for the wedding venue alone. Because you will most likely be out of the area for the majority of the planning process, consider hiring a local wedding planner to take care of what you cannot handle. This will add extra cost, but a planner will be a major asset. Although the planner's rates will often depend on your wedding budget, you can expect to pay between $300 and $3,000 in this department. Your expenses will also include flowers (8 to 10 percent of your total wedding budget), catering ($50 to $100 per person), gown ($500 to $5,000), tuxes ($100 to $1,000) and other items.

Your Guests

Consider how many people you are inviting. A destination wedding costs the bride and groom, on average, around $1,000 per person. The number of guests you invite will greatly impact the wedding cost. Having a destination wedding in an exotic location could be the experience of a lifetime for some of your guests, but it can also alienate those who cannot afford to attend. If you are willing to assist with travel costs for the wedding, you will also need to be able to help with food (depending on length of stay, up to $50 to $75 a day per person), hotel ($100 to $300 per room), passports ($35 to $100 per person depending on age) and other expenses.

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About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.