How This Couple’s Dream Destination Wedding Costs Under $18,000

A wedding budget is something that is always talked about, much debated, but rarely unveiled in all its line-by-line glory. We at The Kit let’s change that, because we know you want accurate information on the true cost of a wedding – and all those lovely little wedding details.

To do this, we take you inside the celebrations of Canadian couples and share not only their love stories, but exactly how much they spent during their day and where the money went. In the first episode of this new regular feature, Stacey Fishman and Drew Classen take us inside their dream wedding in Mexico and explain how they planned it on a very strict budget.


Stacey and Drew started dating in May 2019. The story of how they met is one for modern times. “One day, I was aimlessly browsing Instagram’s black hole and came across a picture of Drew,” Stacey says. “I clicked on his profile and was intrigued and wanted to know more. I took a leap of faith and sent him a DM which he responded to immediately.

After talking for a few days, they arranged their first date…which turned out to be the first day of the Raptors NBA Championship Series in Toronto. Stacey was three hours late to meet Drew due to traffic in town. He was waiting for her there, and it was the beginning of their eternity. Drew proposed in April 2021 a hike with their three dogs at Arrowhead Provincial Park. “We love nature, so it was a perfect proposition,” says Stacey. “Drew played our favorite song ‘Big Big Plans’ by Chris Lane and popped the question by a beautiful waterfall.”

Arturo Aguilar PhotographyStacey and Drew’s first look was one of the couple’s best moments of their day. “Some of our favorite photos were the candid snaps our photographer captured here, they convey so much emotion,” Stacey says.

The wedding

Stacey and Drew said “I do” in January 2022 at the Finest Playa Mujeres in Cancun. 42 guests joined them for their bohemian destination wedding. “The majority of our guests flew to Mexico for five days, which allowed our family and friends to bond before the wedding,” says Stacey. “After the trip, we felt like one big family and had moments together that we will cherish forever. It also helped with any post-wedding blues because we were still in heaven with our loved ones for a few days afterwards.

Arturo Aguilar PhotographyThe couple had 42 guests at their Cancun wedding, many of whom flew in five days before the party to relax and enjoy the destination.

For their celebration, Stacey says they went with a laid-back, seaside theme because it symbolized the laid-back, carefree vibe of the couple’s relationship. The color palette was soft neutrals like beige gold, light pink and white, all woven into the party’s standout decor piece, the floral arch. “It was a splurge on our budget and by far our favorite wedding detail,” Stacey says. “We moved the floral arch from the ceremony to the reception area and added a neon sign that read, ‘All you need is love.’ background of so many guest photos.

Arturo Aguilar PhotographyStacey splurged on a Maggie Sottero dress but saved with the silk bridal bouquet she rented from a local vendor.

Other favorite details for the couple from the day include the surfboard seat board, their first photos and the hora, a traditional dance performed at Jewish weddings. “Many of our guests had never participated in the hora before,” says Stacey. “We all took hands and danced to hava Nagila and it was such a fun time and a great way to get people on their feet and let loose!

The costs

The couple set a strict budget for their wedding day, and Stacey proudly reports that they kept all costs on track. PR-pro Stacey tracked all the wedding expenses on a spreadsheet and did a lot of research while planning the wedding to figure out where to spend and splurge.

“Our floral arch was a splurge — it cost $1,752 — but it was our stunning detail,” says Stacey. “For the rest of the flowers for our day, we saved by renting silk flower arrangements from a local vendor in Cancun. The flowers were beautiful and matched our floral arch perfectly.

Arturo Aguilar PhotographyThe surfboard seating chart was a cool reception decor item that Stacey scored for under $300.

Stacey learned more budget savvy tips while planning her wedding. “Reuse where you can,” she says. “We coordinated our delivery of silk flowers to arrive at our welcome party the day before our wedding, so we could use the flowers for both. Set your table in remarkable detail – for us it was a tumbler pink – as a fully loaded tablescape adds in. Finally, for a destination wedding, do some research to find amazing local vendors outside of the favorite list your hotel will share with you. amazing like our photographers, DJs and flower vendors at reasonable prices, and it was great to really shop local.

Arturo Aguilar PhotographyThe reception tablescapes highlighted the most notable detail: the blush glassware.

Breakdown of wedding costs

Here’s a detailed look at the wedding costs for Stacey and Drew’s big day.

Wedding Ceremony Package Fee: $1,954
floral arch: $1,752
Ceremonial chair rental: $273
silk bridal bouquet: $94
silk bridesmaid bouquets (6): $94
Cocktail and reception: $1,758
Reception table and chair rental: $1,149
Lounge rental: $412
Surfboard Seat Chart: $289
Blush cups: $264
Table settings: $476
neon sign: $365
Ceiling draping: $756
Silk Floral Centerpieces (21): $794
Fairy lights: $504
Cake: $79
dj: $1,891
Photographer: $1,481
Wedding dress: $2,500
Groom’s outfit: $740

Total cost: $17,625

Arturo Aguilar Photography

Stacey and Drew’s Wedding Directory

Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero from Superior Bridal
Groom’s suit: hockerty
Hair & Makeup: A spa by Finest Playa Mujures
Floral arch: Velvet Event Designs
Silk flowers: Bifloral silk flowers
DJ: DJ Dormixx
Photographer: Arturo Aguilar Photography
Location: The best Playa Mujures

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