Destination weddings are a great way to get away from it all and tie the knot in style with your family and close friends. It’s a wedding and a vacation all in one. It sounds expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, a destination wedding can cost much less than a traditional wedding if you plan it the right way. This article will help you plan your destination wedding for less money.
Tip #1: Plan ahead
This is a no-brainer. Any time you’re planning a trip, you want to give yourself plenty of time to organize your itinerary and search for the best deals. This is especially true when you’re planning a wedding in another location. By booking hotel rooms, flights, venues, and other services well in advance, you’ll save more money and have more options available to you. Waiting until the last minute means you will have fewer choices and may be forced to pay more than you’d like. Also, be sure to give your guests as much notice as possible so they can make travel arrangements and take off work.
Tip#2: Go Off-Season
As with any vacation spot, rates are usually lower in the off-season. Consider planning your wedding before or after the peak travel times to your desired location. Not only will you pay less for your travel and accommodations, but you’ll also avoid the crowded tourist season. This means you’ll likely have better access to the facilities and attractions at your destination. That doesn’t mean you should plan your destination wedding during hurricane season! Research the peak travel times for your destination and try to book your wedding a few months outside of those times. Rates are usually 10-20% lower.
Tip #3: Don’t Invite Everyone You Know
A destination wedding is a great way to keep your ceremony small and intimate allowing you to spend more time with those who are closest to you. Think 10–20 people. Keeping your guest list small will help your destination wedding run smoother and it will keep your costs down.
Tip #4: Consider a Resort or a Cruise
Resorts and Cruises have one goal, which is to sell rooms. Often these companies will bend over backward to book your wedding because they know that you’ll be bringing people with you. Use this to your advantage and price out different packages. Be sure to ask for group rates and discounted wedding plans. Speak with a booking manager and ask what they can do for you, often they can lower the advertised price by as much as 30%. Remember, these people want your business, so don’t be afraid to ask if they can meet your wedding budget.
By following these general tips, you can save money on your destination wedding and enjoy your nuptials in style.