Planning For Your Destination Wedding Cost?

How much does the destination wedding cost ?

A traditional wedding, according to, has reached the $30,000 mark - almost a 70% increase in cost over the past 15 years.

On average, US couples spend $20,398 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $15,299 and $25,498 while their initial wedding budget is typically half that. This does not include wedding dress, honeymoon or rings.

Here the percent of your budget you should allocate to each item of a destination wedding cost list.

Ceremony -- Location fee, officiant fee, marriage license, musician's fees, ring pillows -- normally represents 3% of a couples average budget.

Reception -- Reception Site, Food, Drinks, Rentals, Cake, Favors: 48%

Transportation -- for wedding party, guest shuttle and/or parking attendants: 2% As well as ... Flowers: 8%, Music: 8%: Photography: 12%, Stationery: 3%, Gifts: 3%...

Destination wedding cost is a bargain compared with the cost of conventional weddings. The average destination wedding cost is $17000 for 100 guests but the average number of guests who attend a destination wedding is 56.

You can eliminate a lot of the costs associated with traditional weddings and cut down on others. For example receptions at destination weddings cost, on average, 41% less than receptions for traditional weddings.

With a simplification of marriage laws in many destinations, you'll find wedding packages from almost every major resort around in the world.

The most affordable weddings are in Mexico, Las Vegas or Florida.

Many couples choose to elope because the idea of starting a relationship with that kind of debt is overwhelming.

Destination wedding couples, in which the entire party travels to a special location for the celebration, spend an average of 41% less on their receptions. While there are not official statistics on the average cost of an elopement, elopement packages including a hotel for a week, the officiant, photographer and album, ceremony site, cake, and musical selection tend to range between $2,000 to $5,000. This represents 10 - 20% of the cost of a traditional wedding.

Attire should correspond to 10 percent of your destination wedding cost. This includes Dress, Headpiece/veil, undergarments and hosiery, shoes, accessories, jewelry, hair and makeup, Groom's Tuxedo or Suit, shoes, bow tie, cuff links, studs...

A wedding dress can cost anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars.

Destination Wedding Dresses are as much fun to choose as the destination it self. One of the most decisions you will make when destination wedding planning is selecting the perfect dress. But, making a decision about which kind of gown to wear to dazzle your man might depend somewhat on where your wedding will take place -- in a church, on a mountain top, by the ocean or on an exotic island.

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