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It’s true that a destination wedding can be costly, especially considering the travel and organizational costs usually associated with it. However, for some people, that beautiful tropical beach sunset or exotic locale is essential for the perfect wedding. The good news is you can make your special day more affordable with the right cost-saving strategies.
You may be tempted to bring your own vendors for the ceremony, but it can significantly add to your wedding budget, especially if you have to pay for their travel expenses. Of course, some exceptions can be made, such as a special photographer or a singer you really love. It might also be a good idea to bring your own wedding planner or designer who can research and contract with local talent to save you the hassle.
As with any other wedding location, booking your destination wedding in the off-season can help you negotiate discounts of more than 30 percent. Just be sure you don’t book during a period that typically experiences bad weather.
While you may love the idea of setting up tents right on the beach, renting tents can be a serious cost. You’ll also have to pay for flooring, transportation of materials, and labor. That’s why you want to try to stick to a venue that already has the infrastructure in place.
With a destination wedding, your guest list is one of the most expensive factors, especially if you’re paying the airfare costs for certain special guests. Think about the key people you want there and don’t go overboard — it can save you big.
Ultimately, a destination wedding is a chance for every bride and groom to enjoy their wedding in an exotic and exciting locale. Use these tips to save money no matter where you go.