• Leanne Summers

How much will my destination wedding in Vietnam cost?

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

We want to celebrate our wedding in Vietnam - so how much will it cost to get married in Vietnam?

Weddings are unique. Sometimes it's only you two. Or a small group of friends and family. Often the guest list can swell to over 100 people.

Based on my experience in Vietnam, a typical destination wedding has 40 guests. Resort weddings are popular. The wedding cost assumes your wedding is at a 4+ resort.

A traditional wedding ceremony and reception with 40 guests at a resort average USD$8,500 or USD$212 per guest. I am quoting 2020 prices.

I've been generous with these figures. It's possible to reduce it significantly. I'll get to that in a second.

Let's talk about "bang for your buck". The exciting news - your hard-earned cash goes a long way in Vietnam. Bang for buck value is 10/10. It's astounding.

The financial value is a thumping incentive to celebrate your wedding in Vietnam. Even better for the 40 die-hard friends and family who usually come and celebrate too!

I haven't included travel, accommodation or wedding attire.

As an average, I've broken down your resort wedding celebration to include:

- USD$100-120 per person. For the nibbles, drinkies (beer, wine, spirits) and reception feast. Plus, standard decoration. Decoration, like food and drink, is different from venue to venue (and your taste buds).

- a wedding celebrant

- a wedding planner

- a DJ

- a photographer

- wedding bouquets and buttonholes

- hair and makeup artists

Everything listed above (including the food and drink) is a variable. I have used the average couples generally budget for their overseas wedding-holiday.

I will caveat again - this is a guide only! A little bit like trying to put an average price on your dream house. It's all about the fittings, fixtures and decoration - the same as a wedding! If you want crystal chandeliers - expect to pay for them!

Some couples spend as little as USD$4,000 on their wedding. Others go for the "all-out extravaganza" at a fancy resort and spent USD$100,000 on flowers alone!

Yes. Flowers!

There are countless ways to keep a lid on your wedding costs. The venue you choose will affect the size of your wedding wallet. Big fancy resorts have the prices (and services) to match.

There is a big plus with a resort wedding. Sometimes the wedding package includes an experienced event planner. They will coordinate everything for you.

Not a resort couple? That's completely cool, too. You're my kind of people, as well.

We love what we are reading. We want a small wedding in Vietnam on a budget. How do we reduce the cost?

I love this question.

Here's how to have a small wedding in Vietnam on a budget.

Find a convenient time for you both and grab a bottle of wine or a cup of tea. Talk about what your marriage celebration means to you as a couple. Think about what it looks like for you? Talk about how you want to feel at your wedding? What kind of vibe or flavour do you want to create?

Getting married is a big deal. It deserves the discussion. It's a great conversation. The result will be the most genuine and enjoyable wedding you could imagine. Why? It makes your wedding real and "you".

Decide on your "must-haves" and the "nice to have." It doesn't mean you a wedding that looks "underdone". It will be magnificent.

I'm a passionate believer in grabbing all the wedding "do's" and "don'ts" and breaking them all! You're coming to Vietnam to get married, so you're cheeky rule-breakers, too!

If you want a wedding within your budget, you need a wedding planner. They are magicians who find the idyllic location for your wedding. Then bring your wedding vision to life. They are worth their weight in gold. Please budget for a wedding planner.

Planners know "who's who", "what is what" and get the best prices. If you'd like to read more about why you need a wedding planner, read more here.

Get a quote. You'll see it's a fraction compared to a wedding planner at home. Plus, you'll have your sidekick lionheart taking care of everything.

(Please don't get me wrong. Resort weddings are incredible. But they aren't for everyone. Go for what works for you.)

When you have a sincere discussion about what your wedding means to you, this is the result:

- A personal and intimate celebration. It's all about celebrating "You."

- Honouring the group of people who've traveled the oceans to be there with you.

- A celebration location that showcases and celebrates your vibe.

- And, well-considered, bespoke decoration reflecting your style.

Pure magic!

Your friends will gush about the intimate and personal ceremony. The laid back wedding reception, Sometimes a sit-down dinner. Often cocktail party style with optional seating. (Post COVID, seated dinners will likely be the new norm.) Your friends may regale friends with the lion dance story. Or the bonfire on the beach.

Your wedding planner is your guru here, breathing life into your vision. Your wedding holiday celebration will be the memory of your lifetime.

Some of the most incredible weddings are the ones just like these. Let's make it yours.

Still, craving more information about wedding planning in Vietnam? Read on: 10 insider tips you need to help you create your magic wedding adventure, without breaking the bank.

Better still, get in touch and let's chat. I'm not scary.


Hi. I'm Leanne Summers. An Australian based in Hoi An, Vietnam.

I'm a recovering corporate lawyer, bereft of a sense of humour. I found it again while travelling through Vietnam. Now I am creating wedding ceremonies and officiating for couples from all over the world. I have lived in Vietnam for over 8 years and it's the bomb!

You can reach me at leanne@weddingcelebrantvietnam.com

Drop me a line on Facebook: @weddingcelebrantvietnam

Instagram: @celebrant_weddings_vietnam

Whatsapp: +84 (0) 702 734 291


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