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186314 Diana Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hello everyone,
My name is Diana, and am planning my wedding in Cartagena, Colombia, sometime next year. My fiance is Colombian, and after vacationing in Cartagena in March 2010, I fell in love with the city. I am looking at wedding planners, but before picking one, I would like to get input from some of you with experience on this matter. Overall, what is the range in wedding budget for a wedding in Cartagena, for about 50 guest, civil ceremony? I know that wedding budgets can range significantly, but I'm looking to have a elegant, simple, tasteful, not extravagant affair. Truly, I'm clueless in this matter b/c I live in NYC, and NY can be a very expensive state to wed. I would appreciate all the feedback, thks :)

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169449 Clara Gil Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Diana, my WP is La Chiche, Carmen Cecilia Cayon She is great. I met with her in May and I can tell you she knows what she is doing. Great test and ideas.

My wed is next March, 100 guest I think..may be more. Seems everybody wants to come.
I have 3 cocktails party. Club de Pesca, Oasis Hotel Las Americas, and Cafe del Mar.
Civil Ceremony and Reception (Beach Wedding) Dinner Buffet because my guests are from different places so I can not start to think who eats what???
Special Chiva Party with band, drinks and food.
Santa Clara SPA and Lunch for 10 people.
Welcome presents, reception favors, flowers, music, Transportation, liquor.

All that $45,000 dollars. I hope this help.


178632 Margarita Miranda Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

HI Diana, I just got married April 24. Everything came out AMAZING! My husband and family are American and I am Colombian, so it was a great experience for everyone, and people are still talking about how wonderful it was. I had a 40 people wedding which I highly recommend. You should definitely keep it small if it's possible, you"ll actually have time to enjoy.
My wedding planner was ITala Vasquez from She's very organized and just woderful.
ok wedding was in Santo Domingo church, Reception Hotel Casablanca BYB. We had a DJ(no band for such a small group) Vallenato group, Ekobios(absolutely a must!!!) it is la hora loca. On Thursday had a rehearsal dinner at the Santissimo, and had the chiva ride on friday, and going away BBQ at Casablana hotel BYB on Sunday.
Wedding was 28,000( flowers, cake, the absolute best food, Girls that escorted the guest in typical dress, buses for the guests, including WP fee)
Dinner 6,000
BBQ 700
Chiva ride( very fun bus tour w/drink and music around the city)
Also HIGHLY reccommend my photographers amazing and you won't believe how affordable they
Ok well that pretty much sums it up. Let me know if you need any other information. Itala can work with any budget you just have to be clear if it's 15,000 or 50,000. And she'll work with you.



Emptyprofileicon Vanessa Pestana Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Diana!!! congrats on your wedding!! My wedding is in march 2011 as well... I have ELEGANZA as my wedding planners. They are 2 ladies, Catalina Angulo and Simona Thorogood, that have fresh ideas and good taste, great attitude and are really efficient. I have 2 months working with them and it have been a great decision. i have everything ready! I truly recomend them... Since The fist time I contact them, didn't doubt it any minute in hiring them. I felt good chemistry instantly, and this is a MUST!! it's going to be the best day of our lives and i needed to be stressless and relax!! =) good luck!!!!


160386 Mercy Gomez Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Diana!
I just had my wedding in Cgena and it was beautiful. You can have a great wedding for 50 people I would say with 8,000-12,000 depending on what you want and who you hire, not including your wedding dress and wedding party attire. Flowers usually range from 65,000-180,000 ($35-90 USD)pesos per centerpiece depending on flowers and florist, and you wont have the expensive church to worry about. To give you a broad estimate maybe 3million pesos($1500 USD) on wedding planner, 3million pesos on decoration, 3 million on place and food, 4 million on live band( a dj is much cheaper, but the band is worth it) and another 2 if you want a ton of booze. Add more for lighting, dessert buffet, "crazy hour" attire and band.
Keep in mind the prices can go cheaper or more expensive depending on your choices. I had a dessert bar that went for another 900 USD but it was for 200 people. But I went with a cheaper florist that gave me beautiful decoration for smaller price. you just have to look.
Tip: parties in Colombia tend to go for long into the morning hours,if you have it at night, so consider having "fritos" fried food for your guests like 3 hours after the dinner. They are cheap and they will keep guests going.
Hope this helps. Good luck!


186314 Diana Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hey Ladies,
Thank you all for your responses. You all are very generous with the amount of information your all giving me. Thanks again, it's all very useful information. I'm working on the budget & it looks like I will be able to have the wedding we desire & stick to the budget. I'll keep posting my progress :) thks again


186314 Diana Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

I welcome any additional responses :)


203327 Jessica Bedoya Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia



I'm working with Itala now for my wedding in May.. She is my angel. I can't say enough good things about her. I have a question about the photographer efeunodos. Is he from Bogota?? I just looked at his wedsite and love it!!! Could you give me more details?? We are going to Colombia in 2 weeks to work out all the details but haven't seen this photographers work beofre today.

What does he charge and does he do vieo as well?




208093 Eva Maria Campo

Congratulations for your wedding Diana and thank you for choosing Cartagena as destination! Delirio Hotel is located in the heart of the Historical Center, walking distance to most of the churchs and reception venues. We offer 17 design rooms with rates from $165 and $230 for a double room. Please see our page and let us know your dates so we can send you a quotation at [email protected]
We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends at Delirio Hotel!
All our best,

Eva Maria Campo
General Manager


161022 Nayibe Cortes Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi Diana, I just had my wedding in Cartagena a month ago and couldn't have chosen a better place. La Chiche was my wedding planner and we coordinated almost everything over the phone. The wedding was amazing ang I our guest are still taking about it.
If you want more info, read my profile to get a better idea of what I am talking about.
Good luck and congrats!


Emptyprofileicon Angela Corredor London, England, UK

Hello Diana

Thanks for your prices you sent of your wedding.I am getting married in sep 2011. I was wondering what wedding planner did you take for your wedding? and also who was your florist?

thanks alot.


190253 Alejandra Rocha Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Hi aliandangelaw! awesome, I'm getting married in Cartagena this September too (9-10-11) My planner is La Chiche too.


Emptyprofileicon Angela Corredor London, England, UK

September too! its great!
I am panicking a bit for the weather conditions, I really hope it doesn't rain.


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