How Much a Destination Wedding Cost?

Destination Wedding Venue

Destination weddings are trending. Each couple wants to host their wedding in an exotic location to make it more memorable. Of course, the wedding is once in a lifetime affair, and every couple should host it in a way they have always dreamt of. If you plan to host a destination wedding but not sure how much it will cost, you have landed on the right page. Here in this post, we are sharing how much a destination wedding cost.

Here we go…..

Destination Wedding Cost

The cost of a destination wedding depends on several factors, and one amongst them is the location. Yes, the location of the destination wedding matters when you work on its cost. For instance, if you plan to host your wedding in your own country in a decent location, your cost will be lesser than the wedding you will host in an international location.

Here are some of the most significant cost variables to consider:

→ Country

The country where you are planning to tie the knot will significantly impact your cost. A Destination wedding in India will cost you less than a wedding in Australia or Spain. One determining factor will be the traveling expense, of course. You will have to spend a lot of money on your guests’ travel from your country to another country. It will add to your cost, which will be too high.

→ City

Once your country is finalized, then comes the city. In which city of that particular country you are planning to host your wedding will impact your cost. Of course, not every city will give you the same rates. For instance, if you plan your wedding in India. Your wedding in Goa will be costlier than a wedding in Rishikesh. Though both are tourist destinations, still a wedding in Goa will cost you more than a wedding in any other location. So to have a budget-friendly destination wedding, you will have to decide your city accordingly.

→ Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue

Then comes the wedding venue. Every city offers wedding venues in all price ranges, like budget-friendly hotels, mid-level properties, luxury hotels, etc. The kind of venue you will choose will affect your destination wedding cost. The more luxurious the property, the more costly your wedding will be. More often than not, most fair wedding venues charge ₹3000-5000 per head per night, including food and fundamental style.

→ Number of Wedding Guests

Of course, you cannot invite everybody to your destination wedding. Doing so will simply add to your cost, which is not wise. It’s very simple, the more the number of people, the more your wedding cost will be. So, it is important to choose your wedding guests wisely. The rule of thumb is to invite only the one who really matters, like your close family members, parents, siblings, close friends, etc. A destination wedding doesn’t permit you to invite too many people. You have to be very mindful while creating wedding guests lists. A finely curated wedding guests list will help you save a lot of money on your wedding. Remember that every guest will count!

→ Venue Décor

Wedding Venue Décor

Blooms and enhancement are also important. Of course, a well-decorated venue is what you would want to have while saying your wedding vows. There are numerous arrangements such as Mandap decoration, lighting, focal points, tables, wraps, seats, stage, etc. All these together will cost you around Rs. 1 to 3 lakhs depending on the type of decoration you choose.

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→ Wedding photographer

A wedding photographer is another cost that will be added to your wedding cost. Of course, you would want to hire a professional for your wedding photography. A professional photographer may cost you around INR 1.5 lakhs to 2 lakhs. This cost will vary based on the rapport of the photographer, location, etc. For instance, if you consider hiring a top-notch wedding photographer of the country, he/she will have high prices. If you want to hire a photographer of your town for your destination wedding, it will again add to your cost.


Of course, you will have to take care of your photographer’s travel and accommodation for all the days you need him/her at the destination. Then, there will be pre-wedding photography, main day photography, etc. The best way to save money on photography is to hire a local photographer of that location where you will get married. You can also get your pre-wedding photography in the same location; it will save you money that you will otherwise spend on your travel.

→ Accommodation for Guests

If your venue doesn’t offer accommodation, you will have to arrange for your guests and your accommodation separately. However, the best is to choose a venue that provides you accommodation as well. This will save you a lot of money. And if your venue doesn’t offer accommodation, then try finding accommodation close to your venue. Otherwise, you will end up spending a lot of money on transportation.

→ Local Transportation

Another factor that impacts your destination wedding cost will be local transportation. Yes, you will have to arrange for the local transportation of your guests. If your wedding venue and hotel are at a distance, you will need local transportation to transport your guests to the venue. Besides, you will need cabs or cars to travel locally to buy things for your wedding, commuting from railway station or airport to the venue. On average, a private taxi costs somewhere around INR 2,000 to INR 3,000 per day for 10-12 hours.

→ Food

food Costs in wedding

If your wedding venue doesn’t provide food in the offer, then food will add to your cost. You will have to arrange for caterers. The best way to save on food is to decide your wedding food menu wisely. You can choose to incorporate the local cuisine of the area where you will get married. This way, your guests will enjoy the local cuisine and have a great time as well. The rule of thumb while deciding your food menu is to focus on quality and not quantity. Go for the best caterer with quality food, rather than having everything on the list but tasteless.

→ Wedding Music

How can you forget one of the most important parts of the wedding? Of course, entertainment is a MUST at a wedding. And music is one of the best ways to add fun and entertainment to your wedding. Wedding music will, of course, add to your cost. However, you can hire a University band for your wedding. Doing so can save you a lot of money. Some university bands are really good to go with. All you have to do is to do a bit of research, and you are done!!

→ Additional Expenses

Additional expenses that will add to your costs include officiant, wedding makeup, wedding attire, etc. The best is to have a wedding makeup artist, wedding officiant from the area where you are getting married. Hiring somebody from your town will add up to your destination wedding cost. You will have to arrange for their travel, food, and accommodation.

Cost of Destination Wedding

On average, a budget friendly destination wedding with 50 guests in India will cost you around 10 Lakhs to 15 Lakhs depending on the location and number of days. In comparison, a destination wedding in an International location will cost you around 30 – 50 Lakhs.

Wrapping it up….

So, this is how much a destination wedding costs. Remember that the above destination wedding cost will vary based on different factors, like the size of your wedding, location, country, etc. However, you can always host a budget-friendly destination wedding; all you have to do is to do enough research. Make the best use of your internet to find the best venue and wedding vendors to host the wedding of your dream!

Happy Wedding…. ☺ ☺

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