Weddings can be both costly and stressful, but with some planning and creativity (and sometimes a whole lot of vino) they don’t have to be! Every bride (and groom, but mostly la novia) deserves to have the day they’ve always dreamed of, and I’m breaking down a few ways to save some cash, while still having a fairytale destination wedding you guys deserve.
Use a Travel Advisor
While it may sound counterintuitive, to save money (and time) on a destination wedding, having a destination wedding specialist / travel advisor is the way to go. They help with everything from scouting resorts and venues to handling travel arrangements for all of your family members, booking flights, answering questions, and almost always offer amazing group discounts!
Go for Green (Instead of Florals)
You’ve already got jaw-dropping scenery, no one will even notice if you’re carrying roses, greenery, or a bouquet of seashells for that matter! By opting out of flowers, and selecting local greenery instead, you’ll save yourself a ton of cash that is better off spent elsewhere. If you’re tying the knot at a resort with wedding packages, florals are often included but check with your travel advisor or resort contact to be certain.
YO SE, YO SE. The dress is a big deal. But hear me out… Most destination weddings occur in tropical locals such as the Caribbean or Mexico, and the hot climate means you don’t want to be sweating in a cumbersome ballgown. Consider a lighter dress that flows and where you don’t spend an arm and a leg on.
Skip the Wedding Favors
Instead of monogrammed shot glasses or sunglasses and flip flops for your guests, consider allocating those funds to an activity or excursion that everyone may enjoy. The wedding trinkets (while cute in photos) often end up getting trashed or shoved in a closet, whereas travel memories last a lifetime!
Timing is Everything
Skip hosting a wedding over Spring Break, or other popular travel times where the prices rise significantly. This is just another reason why working with a travel advisor can be so beneficial, they can help shed some light on off-peak travel dates and booking windows. Another great tip is to start looking at airfare cost for the time month and destination you are interested in. Airfare cost could eat into your guest budget and deciding if they can be there to celebrate with you.
Consider Your Guest List
Like local weddings, the cost increases the more people attend. Think hard about inviting the prima you have not seen in years, cousin once removed, la amiga de tu amiga de tu mama, or your boss from three jobs ago.
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