How Can I Afford a Destination Wedding?

You want that dream destination wedding and to travel across the globe to get there, but your finances just aren’t cooperating and you’re wondering, “how can I afford a destination wedding?”

How do you budget for a destination wedding so you can have your dream and not break the bank? The good news is we have some smart tips that will help you afford your dream destination wedding without cutting any of your “must haves”.

Destination Wedding Travel Tips
Planning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to be more than you can afford. While The Knot found that the average cost of a wedding in 2019 was $33,901, they also discovered that the average destination wedding costs $32,000. This means that you’re already saving money and you can shave down that number even more.

Destination Wedding Travel Tips

Domestic Travel. Remember that a destination wedding doesn’t have to be a tropical beach in a foreign country. You can still have a beach wedding in the United States. You could also get married on the mountains, or in a forest, or in a lavish estate, or go all out and have a Vegas wedding. Keeping your travel destination domestic can save everyone a lot of money.

Drive. Flights can be very expensive and sometimes half the fun is getting there. Consider turning your destination into a drive and stopping along the way to enjoy the sights. The return road trip can be your honeymoon.

Timing. Timing can be everything when it comes to a destination wedding. If you can book your special day just slightly out of the high season, you’ll save a lot. In fact, you can save on hotels, the venue itself, flights, and more.

Not only does the time of year you select matter, but the time of day and the day of the week can also be important. A Friday morning wedding can be significantly less expensive all the way around than a Saturday afternoon wedding.

Double Duty. Roll the honeymoon and the wedding into one big adventure. You can justify a little more expense on your wedding day when that vacation is also going to count as your honeymoon. Once you say “I do”, just kick back and enjoy the rest of your trip. And make sure to tell everyone you’re newlyweds – you’ll get a lot of bonus perks.

With these five tips and an open mind, you can afford a destination wedding and create that magical day you’ve always dreamed of. Best of all, you’ll still be able to pay your bills. Weddings can be expensive, but a destination wedding typically costs less for the couple and you can always find opportunities to save along the way.

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