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How to take your budget further for your destination wedding

It’s no secret – décor can be one of the biggest expenses when hosting a traditional wedding. Luckily, with a destination wedding, there many ways that couples can achieve their vision without breaking their budget using simple tips and tricks from our expert planners. To put your mind at ease (and help you save some cash), we’ve compiled a list of affordable alternatives for destination wedding day décor that look like splurges!

Bride and bridesmaids holding tropical bouquets Photo: Jade and Tanner's Real Wedding
Select locally grown flowers

Flowers can be expensive, but there is a simple way you can save a little and still have gorgeous bouquets adorning your wedding space. For fabulous budget-friendly florals, choose locally grown flowers. Orchids, calla lilies, ranunculus and hydrangeas can easily be replaced with popular island flora such as oriental lilies, spray roses, gerbera daisies and mums. These substitutions mimic a similar style at a much better price point to help you achieve your vision without breaking the bank.

Silk flowers are another affordable option. If you have your heart set on florals that don’t grow in your destination, you can pack individual silk flowers to add to your bouquet. Silk flowers look very realistic and you can keep them as a memento of your special day. Our expert Destination Wedding Consultants can help you come up with the best alternatives to suit your budget and taste.

Bride and groom dancing at their after-party Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
Host a semi-private dinner followed by a private after party

One of the best ways to save on your destination wedding is to take advantage of inclusions within your resort wedding package. Most wedding packages include a semi-private dinner for you and your guests at one of the resort’s à la carte restaurants. A private reception can often be an expensive upgrade so, instead, inquire about hosting a private after party complete with drinks, music and dancing. This way, you can maximize your package offerings while still enjoying some of the more traditional wedding reception elements such as speeches and first dances.

Wedding cake with a custom bride and groom cake topper
Dress up your plain white cake

Many destination wedding packages include a simple white wedding cake. Instead of splurging for a decadent upgrade, you can customize the included basic cake to make it both adorable and affordable. Couples looking to add a personal touch can dress up their cake with a personalized cake topper or show it off with a fancy cake stand. Also, you can incorporate your theme by decorating your cake with matching accessories such as faux flowers and greenery, ribbons and more!

People dancing at a wedding reception Photo: Fostered Photo
Save on live music with a great stereo

Live music is generally expensive, but for a fraction of the cost you can achieve a similar vibe and feel with recorded music playing through a sound system. Recorded music allows you to curate playlists that reflect your tastes and include a wide selection of genres, perfect for a romantic ceremony and a lively reception! Some hotels will provide you with a sound system to play music during your ceremony and reception and your destination wedding consultant can help you source the necessary equipment.

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