A destination wedding can be a fun and beautiful celebration. Whether you’ve decided on a Bali getaway, a Santorini island fete or even a stunning Safari wedding, we’ve got you covered with our 5 destination wedding budget tips to consider:
It’s All About the Destination
Choose a destination that has meaning to you. Whether it’s somewhere you have always wanted to visit or somewhere you’ve visited on holiday when you were younger, also keeping in mind that it should have the resources you will need. Commonly overlooked things like the taxes and travel requirements can quickly add to the costs of a destination wedding.
Pro Tip: Remember to do research on visa requirements and transport costs so these can be included in your budgeting!
Plan Around the High Season
Booking in May or October can save you tons of cash on everything from flight costs to resort bookings. High season in Europe and Asia are typically June through August and December through February for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to confirm there is availability for your nearest and dearest before confirming a date for your celebration.
Remember, hotels and resorts are likely to have more inclusive packages during the slower months.
Hire a Pro
Yes, technology is advanced and can make planning long-distance fairly easy, but planners who specialize in weddings in your location are priceless! Flying in a team of vendors would be more expensive than using local talent and supporting the local economy.
It’s much easier to have someone on-site negotiating the best prices for you!
Pick your Vendors in Person
Ideally, you need to see your venue before you confirm your booking so in advance of doing a site visit, set up meetings with the florist and decor rental company and photographer in your destination.
Negotiate the expenses up front so that you do not have any surprises later on. And remember, feel free to ask for vendor recommendations – it is always better when vendors have worked together previously.
Say ‘No’ to a Tented Celebration
While a tented event can be absolutely gorgeous, it can often be extremely costly. Taking into consideration the price of renting a tent, the transport costs, lighting and the flooring – these can quickly add up! Instead choose a venue with a covered area so that you have a backup plan if there is inclement weather.
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Remember to soak it all in and happy planning!