Hi friends! Destination weddings are a romantic getaway for the two of you and can be an unforgettable experience for your guests. Plus, what better way to make your wedding truly stand out than an exotic locale? Of course, the cost of a destination wedding can sometimes seem overwhelming for a couple, but there are many ways to mitigate some of the costs. In fact, because the guest count for a destination wedding often ends up being much smaller than a local event, it can sometimes end up being cheaper.
Regardless of the guest list, here are some other ways to keep destination wedding costs down:
- Book the wedding during “shoulder season.” Most destinations have “shoulder seasons” – the time period in between their peak and off peak season – when you can usually get better rates. Off-peak season of course offers even lower rates, but then you risk the chance of inclement weather. The last thing you want to deal with during your wedding is a hurricane or monsoon!
- Plan an on-site wedding. Take advantage of the amenities a hotel and resort already has in place for a wedding. An offsite wedding involves things like tents, furniture rentals and even flooring…and that’s when costs can skyrocket.
- Work with local vendors. Not only do local vendors usually have more insight into the location, but they’re definitely much cheaper than importing your own. If you can, you should book a trip before the wedding to meet with vendors and do any hair and makeup trials. You’ll feel much better having some face-to-face time with vendors. Having a wedding planner or onsite coordinator will also be important – he or she can deal with a lot of the logistics.
- Play up the beautiful location as “décor.” If your location has some stunning scenery (like a stunning visual of the sea or a gorgeous view of snow-capped mountains) you can pull back on the actual décor to play up the natural beauty of the destination.
- Have your honeymoon at the destination. This is a significant cost saver. You’ll save money on a separate flight somewhere else and if you decide to stay in the same spot, the hotel or resort might give you a pretty good deal. If you want to change things up a bit, travel to another location within the same country or island; you’ll still have saved a good chunk of change with the flight.
Destination weddings are some of the best lifetime memories. Enjoy!
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