Let’s face it… traditional weddings are expensive!! This is why more and more couples are choosing to have a destination wedding as a way to save money while still have a beautiful and memorable event. Not only do couples save money, but they get way more in terms of experience and memories. Keep reading to learn more!
Popular Destination Wedding Locations
Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic are some of the most popular destinations for destination weddings. These locations offer a variety of all-inclusive resorts, making it easier for couples to plan their wedding without having to worry about every little detail. The abundance of all-inclusive resorts also makes it easier for guests to attend, since their rooms, meals, drinks and activities are all included in one upfront price.
Average Cost of a Destination Wedding
The average size destination wedding is about 50 guests, making it a more intimate and personal event. On average, couples spend between $10,000 to $15,000 on all the elements required to host a destination wedding. This estimate includes their 7-night trip, the ceremony, cocktail party, and dinner reception for all guests. It also includes all the food, drinks, tables, chairs, standard linens, servers, and venues.
When compared to the average cost of a traditional wedding in the United States, which is well over $30,000 for a six-hour event, a destination wedding is a much more affordable option. Not only will you save money, but you will also have the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends for a full four days, creating lasting memories together.
Tips for Saving Money on a Destination Wedding
There are several ways to save money on a destination wedding without sacrificing quality. One of the best ways is to book your wedding during the fall months, when room rates are typically lower. Another idea is to rely on the resort’s natural surroundings for your décor. Who needs tulle, chandeliers and bows when you have swaying palm trees, clear blue waters and white sand beaches? For larger wedding groups, it will be important to find a resort that offers the best group amenities to help cover the reception costs. (Hint: we know the best resorts for this! wink, wink!)
More time with guests, time in a tropical destination AND half the cost? You heard right!
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