It’s a known fact that a destination wedding done right can afford the marrying couple a huge savings. What isn’t so widely known are these industry secrets that can help that savings grow. Invitations by R Squared has searched out some of these secrets to share with today’s smart and savvy brides and we’re sharing them with you!
Destination weddings have grown so much in popularity in recent years, and this industry has grown so large and so competitive for these locations that there are numerous larger resorts offering the sweetest of packages to fit virtually any budget.
We’ve invested a ton of time researching the best and most affordable destination wedding locations and have found that Hawaii, Mexico and Jamaica offer the most wallet friendly options. You can take a look at some of these here, here and here. Geographically, traveling from the states to any of these locations is easy and fairly economical.
When it comes to Save the Date cards and wedding invitations, you’ll realize a big savings there as well. You get to whittle down your party to your very closest friends and dearest family. You won’t be inviting all of your co-workers, the relative that picks a fight with everyone, or your favorite aunt’s fourth ex-husband. With that in mind, you can afford to splurge a little bit on some fantastic whimsical keepsake Save the Date cards and invitations. Check out what we have to offer here.
Another really big savings is the fact that you can combine your special ceremony and your honeymoon at the same destination location. Sometimes this savings can be as much as several thousand dollars.
Destination wedding planner, Kelly McWilliams, said in an interview with the online e-zine, Budget Travel, that the Bahamas is an extremely affordable wedding destination with excellent vendors and is perfect for a “weddingmoon”. There are over seven hundred islands from which to choose in the Bahamas and you can wed on one and honeymoon on any one of several hundred others.
Another big savings benefit you will enjoy with a destination wedding is with floral décor. Destination weddings are usually in an exotic locale and with an amazing setting, who needs a ton of spendy décor?
Here’s another BIG secret to BIG savings … choose a date as close to or even during off-peak season for your destination. Today’s smart brides can totally research what the timing is for peak season at their locations and plan on avoiding that time of the year. Some tropical locations are known for their Hurricane and Monsoon seasons, and it’s not likely that you would choose that location during those times. However, a couple of weeks before or after are completely doable, sometimes at a significant savings.
When one is marrying away, resorts can count on blocks of reserved rooms for groups of fifteen to seventy five, or more, guests. That’s some significant money for the resort with very little effort. Be sure to negotiate discounts and perks for your group! If you can arrange for everyone to fly at the same time, or perhaps in small groups, you could also enjoy a group discount from the airlines. Some resorts offer free welcome reception honeymoon upgrades, free nights and many other freebies for you and your guests. Visit this website to read about some resorts offering options of this kind.
There are a number of very nice resorts that offer very basic complimentary or very affordable inclusive destination wedding packages, provided that a certain number of nights are booked or a certain number of guests are going to be booking their accommodations. Resorts like these are the perfect option for penny-wise couples who are seeking small, uncomplicated and, most of all, affordable destination weddings. The wedding professional at the Conde Nast Bridal Group recommend Dreams, Sandals or Beaches for very affordable destination wedding choices.
Does your choice of resort require a minimum purchase of nights?
Will all of your attending guests be able to afford your accommodation of choice?
If you are going to be availing yourself of a complimentary wedding package, be sure to find out the maximum guest count to ensure that you don’t wind up with a costly extra guest charge.
Be aware of all the extras that could raise your expenses and utilize the resort’s on-site vendors to avoid incurring additional costs.
Inclusive destination wedding packages will often include dinner reservations at a restaurant at the resort of your choice. Private functions are going to cost extra.
Carefully consider your list of must-haves with regard to welcome and rehearsal dinners, reception or after-ceremony parties and farewell meals.
There are usually several options available at any inclusive destination wedding resort, and most of these are fantastic choices for seamless and stress-free ceremonies.
There are lots of couples who have successfully planned and executed truly romantic and magical destination weddings on the cheap. You can, too, by following these tips, doing some rock solid research and carefully planning out your budget. Good luck!