Destination Weddings – An Affordable Luxury
Destination weddings are one of the hottest trends these days, ditching traditions and going for a more stress free, luxurious and cheaper approach.
A destination wedding is a wedding anywhere away from where you live…. So why not go all out and pick a different country? Whether your chosen destination holds a special meaning, or you are discovering a new place together, this will be your special getaway for years to come which you will treasure and create new memories again and again.
Here are some tips to plan an affordable destination wedding!
1. Take advantage of natural beauty
Use your destination as your backdrop, decide on a place which features what you don’t have in your hometown and use it to create the wow factor. Imagine the picturesque photo opportunities of a place which holds all the elements you desire naturally and not have to create it yourselves, as its already there.
2. Forward Planning – save the date
Planning in advance gives you and your guests time to pay in instalments which makes it much easier and more affordable when booking and organising your dream wedding. By giving yourself more time, you are also giving yourself a chance to tweak the finer details and personalise your special day.
3. Use weekday and off-peak discounts to your advantage
The venue and catering typically creates the biggest dent in your budget. By taking advantage of a weekday, you can cut the cost by a fourth, choose an off-peak date and save even more! This can also free up a significant date, such as an anniversary or a date which is special to both and picking a weekday can easily make these dates possible options.
4. Extend your stay to combine your honeymoon
Many couples who choose to have a destination wedding also decide to extend their time and also enjoy their honeymoon. Wherever you pick to tie the knot, there will be lots of places to see and things to do and also save those pennies as there are no extra flights needed to extend your wedding into the honeymoon!
5. Think about hiring a professional wedding planner
You may not be saving money here but it’s a huge deal. Saving yourself time and stress is priceless! Take advantage and use our industry knowledge, preferential rates and know-how to keep your costs down as well as the best suppliers to use to make you special day even more perfect…. The less stress you have to deal with, the more you can enjoy your special day.
6. Do It Yourself where you can!
Get your creative juices flowing and make it personal when it comes to favours, signs, invitations, guest books, photo stands and confetti. Design your own, the outcome on the day will make your celebration even more personalised and memorable.
7. Reduce the number of guests
Smaller, more intimate weddings are becoming more and more popular, this allows you to provide a more luxurious experience for your guests, saves your budget and lets you spend more time with your loved ones. Some may think the bigger the better, but have a think about it, all those guests you very rarely see taking up the little time you have on your wedding day…. Spend more of your special day with the people who really matter to you which allows your budget to hold a smaller pre-wedding get together or a post-wedding event like a brunch or a boat trip.
Other things to think about, a lot of destination wedding venues cater for the whole day from your ceremony to your reception and are typically ‘all inclusive’, such as a free bar with drinks flowing for your guests to enjoy. It is always a nice touch to provide free flowing alcohol when your guests have made the effort to travel the miles to be with you. The gorgeous back drops are already in place, menus already tried and tested, chairs etc all in one place.
We have given you much to think about but never forget, if you need any help or advise, we are always here and happy to help!