Destination wedding planning on a budget

Regardless of where you choose to get married, when it comes to planning a wedding, costs and expenses are on everyone’s mind. When you include factors such as venue rental, flowers, catering and dress the costs can quickly add up. One of the biggest questions brides have is whether it’s possible to have a destination wedding on a budget. The answer is: yes, absolutely! Your destination wedding can be as luxurious or as budget-friendly as you want it to be. Read on for our top ways to plan your dream wedding in paradise on a budget.

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Be flexible

The more date options you have, the more budget-friendly your wedding can be. Choosing a low-season departure date could mean that you may be able to afford a more luxurious resort or destination that would otherwise be out of your price range. Do your research on some of the destinations you’re considering to see what time of year is most affordable; generally the end of summer and September are best.

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Pack your décor

One of the best ways to cut down on your budget is to bring as much of your décor from home as possible. Anything and everything you can fit in your suitcase we recommend packing! This also ensures you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for, as some things might be harder or more expensive to find in destination. Printed materials are also a must and there are lots of great websites online where you can create your wedding programs, itineraries and more for free. Make sure to safely pack any paper materials in a hard case so they don’t get folded or squished on the journey.

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Go green

One of the most expensive costs of any wedding is the florals. Depending on the blooms you select, destination wedding flowers can be even more costly if they need to be imported. To maintain your budget, consider minimizing the amount of traditional flowers and let the beauty of your tropical destination speak for itself. Lush greenery and the au naturel look is very popular this wedding season, so if you do include florals, incorporate lots of of greenery and foliage that’s local to the region!

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