My fiancé and I have been engaged for 2 weeks now. We have been together 5 years so everyone was super excited for us. We attended a DW this past February and loved the idea, so we were thinking of doing one as well. We just can't decide on a location or if this idea would be budget friendly.
If if we do the destination, we intend on having a party in our hometown immediately following our return. Although We have a lot of our close family and friends who have said they would attend, we have a lot of others who we would like to celebrate us. The reception would be fairly simple and casual with food and dancing. Minimal decorations, a simple dinner (in my rural area food is generally $5-7.50 a head so pretty inexpensive), a discounted venue and dj are all working in our favor.
If I priced correctly, we would spend roughly the same amount to do a DW and have a reception back home as we would for a wedding & reception at home plus a honeymoon.
Ultimately, I guess my question would be is a DW worth it? Did it break the bank? Sorry for the lengthy post and thanks for your input!