The Cost of it All

Wedding budgets and how to save some serious $$$$

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We have been organizing weddings since 2001 and know some tricks!

Weddings in Mexico! white beach, palm trees and tequilas!! Cheap price right? ehemmm…

All in all organizing these events was extremely cheap 20 years ago when we started the business yet certainly this has changed since all venues have doubled their fees and post- Covid prices have increased. Additionally, flights and hotel rooms have caught up.

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Plants instead of flowers

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and with varying price tags. All things considere, hosting a beautiful wedding doesn’t have to mean to go into debt nor breaking the bank (unless you know how to…). We’ve used our collective experience to put together a list of the best wedding budget tips and hacks. Preparation and research can help save you a lot of your hard-earned money as you plan the big day.

Throw the wedding of your dreams with these wedding budget tips and money-savings secrets

You can have the wedding you’ve always wanted without wiping out your savings.

In this paragraph, moreover, i will suggest how to plan your wedding clearly during a less traditional time of year or time of day to make your rupee/dollar/peso/euro as well as that yin stretch… In addition some hotels give great accomodation deals if you book a large group! (we love https://www.hyatt.com/es-ES/hotel/mexico/grand-hyatt-playa-del-carmen-resort/cunpc)

1. Book in the off-season

Above all, if you’re interested in a destination wedding, choosing a wedding date during slower seasons can save you a lot of money on venue rental, overnight accommodations, flights and more, however that is not always the case. Check online deal and your TA or OTA.

2. Avoid holidays

Another key point is to avoid holidays and other special events that raise local prices. All in all in conclusion it should be noted that to have it at one location, so wedding ceremony, cocktail and reception will be less expensive!

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Watch our for uninvited guests! Be clear with your friends if you allow +1…

Booking the venue ( Btw: we love https://bluevenadoweddings.com/)

3. Keep the guest list small

Altogether a small, intimate wedding will save the bride and the groom money on venue rental as well as food and beverage service,but in case of a very large wedding (i am planning one for 300 right now!), ask your guests for no gifts but cash contributions: however couples have everything since they already live together and that will help you both to give the party you dream of!

4. Look for venues that allow outside vendor setup

Also bringing in external vendors is often cheaper than using the in-house version and make sure to ask about additional fees for using outside vendors, set up/tear down fees, gratuity, and any other fees that may unexpectedly arise. Ask to see an example contract and compare various venue policies. We love DJ DIego https://www.instagram.com/evolutionmixaudiovisual/?hl=en

5. Create the ideal menu

Dance carefree because your budget is looking good!

Skip a full-plated dinner service that requires serving staff and includes multiple courses. Family style or buffet are great and everyone can get what they want! In conclusion altogether forget the cake and go for the delightful Mexican pastries like the ones we buy at http://www.chezceline.com.mx/ or at https://ahcacao.com/… We are clients and as a result have been buying for our couples their fab brownies ( for https://ahcacao.com/) and the creme brulee and mini tarts (@http://www.chezceline.com.mx/) since they opened!!

Brownie from Ah cacao

Ah cacao brownies, to die for…


 
6. Extend your cocktail hour to transition into the reception

As cocktail hour is wrapping up, unveil a slider bar, charcuterie station and break out the entertainment to seamlessly transition into the reception without including dinner service.

Signature drinks make your cocktail more you!

Thrifty decorations yet super cool!!

Spend your money where it matters most. Don’t allow decorations to take over your wedding budget; save money with these great tips. In addition, Pinterest is a super great helper!!!
 
7. Stick with one theme

Choose one style—one color scheme—and stick to it. Extra flowers, tissue paper, or linen can easily be repurposed to save elsewhere. Please no more gold and violet! seen and re-seen…

8. Paper flowers

Instead of shelling out major money for fresh flowers (be planet savvy since flowers have a high cost) , consider mini plants (like the ones at http://www.jardinfloreria.com) or origami flowers or other crafty DIY alternatives. Furthermore, they are they a bargain, they last a lot longer than “the real thing.” Plus they make a great gift at the end of the night! Arches also can be DIY…

Our clients were creative and got a unique decor for their kissable moment!

The look

We all want to look our best on our wedding day too; that’s a given (that is why our make up artists are the best: we use https://www.sarahgarnier.com/ and https://www.dorannahairstylist.com/ . Furthermore, you can still go glam without gutting your expense budget.

9. Accentuate a simple dress with standout accessories

Simple, classic dresses can easily be taken up a notch with an eye-catching accessory. Lastly, choose jewelry, hair accessories, or shoes that stand out when paired with an affordable gown.

Me helping a client wear their jewelry

10. Choose a simple hairstyle and add a headband or barrette (or find a good friend…)

Stylists are typically needed for excessive updos. Choose a simple, elegant hairstyle accentuated by a headband or barrette to save on styling costs. If you have good friends, you can ask them for a make up or a touch up…

Friends in action…

Financial planning

Financial responsibility is essential to wedding planning with less stress. It’s also a core component of a healthy marriage foundation. Start your marriage off right by setting financial goals, tracking expenses, and working with your partner to stay within a designated budget.

11. Discuss your budget with your partner and agree early on

Set goals and limits that you both agree on. Ensuring that you’re on the same page from the beginning will help avoid unnecessary drama down the line. Set a credit limit, and don’t go over it… Be financially responsible with your wedding planning. If you are comfortable paying off $500 of credit card debt this year, for example, set that limit and stick to it. If you can’t afford it, don’t charge anything at all. Only purchase what you can afford right now.

12. Decide what details are negotiable

Pinpoint “must have” and “can definitely live without” wedding details so that you can allocate money to what you want most. Take advantage of credit rewards and benefits. f you already have a credit card or two, research your reward benefits. See which retailers your creditor partners with to find unadvertised discounts and cash-back opportunities.
 

13. Look for unexpected expenseTry to anticipate any unforeseen expenses. Will you need to rent restroom trailers for an outdoor wedding? Is there ample parking? Most venues in Riviera Maya are far away from the city. consider that… what is the cost of transportation for the guests? and what if they want to leave earlier? Ask us for everything you need to know, we are always available at Watsapp +529838337771. You can never have too many options. Buy and create the items you really want and set for a budget friendly and amazing wedding day!! ENJOY in the creation…

Thanks for the photos to : https://delsolphotography.com/, https://www.lilibretonphoto.com/ https://www.facebook.com/officialABPhotography, /https://deansandersonweddings.com/ https://naalweddingphotography.com/

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Thanks to all the great vendors that make my job easy

Briony and Steve, Casa Buena Suerte, Bahia Soliman Destination Wedding

PhotostudioAB006Soliman Bay remains one of the Riviera Maya’s best kept secrets. A little off the beaten path, it boasts pristine beaches and gorgeous jungle. It’s pretty villas make for the perfect venue for an intimate and unforgettable wedding and that’s exactly why Briony and Steve brought their friends and family to Casa Buena Suerte from Australia and beyond for their destination wedding.PhotostudioAB013

A beautiful rainbow appeared just as the couple were exchanging vows, something they will never forget!

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Megan and Patrick, Destination Wedding at Casa Sombras del Viento in Soliman Bay, Tulum

Megan_Patrick_1433The weather has been crazy everywhere this year. Snowstorms, wind, tornadoes, rain…
Megan and Patrick can tell you about the rain! Just as our beautiful bride was walking down the aisle with her father the skies in Tulum opened up and it poured and poured! Good luck right?! Well this couple doesn’t even need it. They were so happy to be getting married they went with it and had the most beautiful wedding day anyway! Megan_Patrick_1318 Megan_Patrick_1275The colors at gorgeous Casa Sombras del Viento made for perfect getting ready pictures. Styling Trio and Floreria Jardin did a fabulous job on makeup, hair and flowers and nature did the rest providing a stunning venue!
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You can’t stop this fiesta!  Megan_Patrick_3245 Megan_Patrick_2953Thank you to our beautiful couple for smiling through the rain and to Dean Sanderson for all the great photos!
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Victoria and Rico, Hacienda Playa Paraiso, Tulum Destination Wedding

110_Victoria_Rico_1146The beaches of Tulum are famous around the world and with good reason. The sand is powder white and soft, the water is clear and the winding palms sway with every gentle beach breeze. There is no question why Victoria and Rico knew at first sight, that they wanted to bring their closest friends and family to this slice of paradise for their wedding.

101_Victoria_Rico_1007 103_Victoria_Rico_1057 112_Victoria_Rico_1183It’s hard to go wrong with decor when you have such a naturally beautiful venue, but the turquoise and white really was a great choice, matching the surroundings perfectly.

107_Victoria_Rico_1119 109_Victoria_Rico_1136 113_Victoria_Rico_1208 119_Victoria_Rico_1691The wedding took place at a private villa, Hacienda Playa Paraiso. Special guests included the couples two adorable pups!

Chef Ruben Lopez created a delicious gluten free menu for the group and the party, complete with a wedding piñata, went late under the star filled sky!

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Congratulations Victoria and Rico!
Photos provided by Dean Sanderson

 

Alexis and Craig, Casa Buena Suerte, Tulum

weddings in playa beach wedding tulumPut your work aside for a few moments to take in this perfect Tulum destination wedding. Seriously, it’s for your own good!

Alexis and Craig, our super fun and incredibly in love couple, wanted an intimate beach wedding and we were thrilled to be a part of such a beautiful event. See if you can spot us! :)

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weddings in playaCasa Buena Suerte (meaning Good Luck) was the chosen venue for their ceremony and reception. With the white powdery sand and the calm caribbean sea at their doorstep, they couldn’t go wrong.

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weddings in playa beach wedding tulumPinks and reds set the romantic tone. Beautiful bouquets, roses, headpieces for the little ones, glitter, champagne and tequila… what else do you need for the perfect wedding?!

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weddings in playa beach wedding tulumThank you to Del Sol Photography for the lovely photos as always.

Buena Suerte Alexis and Craig! Even though we know you don’t need it!

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Taryn and Matt, Villa Yardena, Soliman Bay

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If you are exploring private wedding venue locations in the Riviera Maya and are looking for a peaceful little beach town, with some of the most stunning coastline around, be sure not to miss Soliman Bay.

This natural beauty, just 15 minutes north of Tulum, is unknown to many, but was the perfect spot for Taryn and Matt to have their intimate fiesta at a beautiful private villa, Villa Yardena. And who could blame them? It’s a tropical paradise!

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Are you dying over the details yet?! Color, consistency and small touches were on top of our list and we worked with the amazing team at Mishka Designs to create Mexican wedding fiesta magic!

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Every last detail was carefully tended to and the result was an unforgettable destination wedding for the couple, their dearest friends and family, and for us as well!

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Thank you to Mishka Designs and Soko Sandoval Photography for the amazing photos and design and to our amazing couple for a wonderful experience!