If you have just got engaged, you’re most likely excited about the prospect of starting to plan your wedding. If you have a passion for travel and fancy the idea of saying, ‘I do’, on a tropical beach, then a destination wedding is perfect.
While the concept of getting married on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in your hand is appealing, the cost that comes with it is not. We all agree that destination weddings are the best type of weddings, but the problem for many people is the cost.
Unless you have unlimited funds to spend, you are probably conscious of how much it would cost to get married abroad. But don’t let this put you off, believe it or not, you can have an amazing destination wedding when money is an issue.
Below are some tips that will help you organize the perfect destination wedding while sticking to your budget:
Your Wedding Date Is Important
To save as much as you can on the cost of your trip, traveling and booking a wedding outside of peak season is a good idea. That doesn’t mean having to plan your wedding for the winter, all it means is setting a date for the start or end of the summer season.
You also must avoid big holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and Spring break.
Research Is Key
Don’t settle for the first flight you come across, spend some time researching all the best deals. Compare the prices of plane tickets from different sites, working out which sites offer the best deals.
Some airlines offer special deals for large groups of travelers, such as wedding parties. Get in touch with each airline and ask them what deals they can offer you.
Get the Best Deal on Accommodation
Getting married abroad can be a lot of fun. However, it can also be quite expensive. For many brides and grooms, the most expensive part of planning a wedding abroad is booking the accommodation.
To ensure that you stay within your budget, the most important thing you can do is find affordable accommodation. If you plan on traveling out a few days before your wedding, stay in budget accommodation. The day before your wedding you can then swap to a posh hotel – this will save you a lot of money.
This way you get a lovely hotel for your wedding night, but don’t end up spending too much of your budget on it. By staying in budget accommodation beforehand, you will appreciate the wedding hotel even more.
Consider Your Location
If you live on the East Coast, consider having your wedding in Aruba or the Dominican Republic. Both countries are gorgeous and the flights from JFK, Logan, and Miami are usually on the lower side.
Live on the West Coast? Consider Mexico. If you live up north, flights to Iceland are relatively cheap (depending on the time of year). It’s not tropical, but it’s perfect if your style is more Euro-chic.
From Europe? Consider Morocco or Greece. The shorter the flight, the more affordable the wedding.
If you’re unable to look at the hotel/venue before your big day, you must ask a ton of questions. What happens when it rains? Is it all inclusive? What about the photographer? Catering?
Since many hotels are all inclusive, couples actually tend to save money. Unfortunately, your guest list might end up a lot smaller, but destination weddings tend to be more intimate, anyways.
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