For a 24-hour occasion, weddings sure do take a lot of time, meticulous planning, and, of course, money. They can range from a small, intimate party where just the couples and close family and friends watch them exchange vows and gifts, to a public celebration where any person is expected. Weddings normally cost a lot, but planning a destination wedding requires even more.
What is a Destination Wedding?
Destination weddings are marriages conducted far away from one’s home, community, or country, usually in a distant and exotic territory. With a special venue chosen by the couple. The couples not only select a memorable destination and decide on their wedding style, but also the number of selected guests they want in attendance without having random people around, as well as the activities to take place. This type of wedding is a fast-growing trend where partners base the union on their interests and preferences. It is also less expensive, easier, gives the couple a chance to plan their dream wedding, and, likewise, enables the couple to interact with friends and family on a deeper level. The allure of this type of wedding is that it feels more like a fun vacation than a normal event and is much more intimate.
Planning a Destination Wedding
The destination budget encompasses transportation, flowers, cakes, and other expenses and expenditures associated with marriage ceremonies. Furthermore, unlike regular nuptials, it requires more plotting and scheduling than usual, as well as deeper research. Although a lot more exciting and stress-free, it still demands adequate finances to see it through and make it possible. Ready to arrange and organize your destination wedding with a fixed budget? These helpful hints would put you through.
Select Your Location
One of the best things about destination marriages is that there are tons of venues and locations to choose from, with costs that will fit into your budget limits. It is also advisable to pick out settings with natural charm and scenery to avoid spending on resources. There are several stunning locations for these kinds of nuptials, like Greece, Italy, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, etc. Hawaii, in particular, has unique venues and natural, paradise-like islands and beaches to perform your dream Hawaiian weddings and honeymoons. Also, consider the country’s weather conditions before deciding on clothes and hairdos. In addition to having a low budget, you could find places closer to you to reduce travel expenses.
Book in Advance
It is ideal to book your venue, airline tickets, and hotels. earlier to avoid any last-minute rush. You should also visit the place before making the reservation to avoid any mistakes. Also, booking early reduces costs, especially during the high season. Securing the event and lodging at the same place also eases prices.
Control the Number of Guests
The main reason most people organize this getaway is to reduce the number of people (mostly unknown guests) who come to their events and to have a private, special ceremony just for them. A decrease in the number of guests is also cost-effective and makes the event much easier to carry out. A smaller number of guests means a lower budget.
As noted above, choosing an area with natural, stunning scenery can slash expenses. You won’t need to buy really expensive decorations and centerpieces. Also, buying cheaper ornaments and trying out some DIY ideas could cut down on prices. Getting flowers from the local florist would end up saving you a lot of money and stress.
Make Use of Local Resources and Refreshments
Instead of importing food and beverages, try the local ones. This is not only cheap but also decreases the stress of hauling around refreshments. It is also easier when everything you need is within your reach. Also, the menu shouldn’t consist of too many dishes, as most of them might later go to waste. There is no need to splurge on expensive food and catering services when you could give your guests finger foods and easily made desserts or try the local diners. In place of a full bar, you can get creative with specialized and local drinks.
Take note of the more important things, plan your budget well, stick to it and decide on what is more important while cutting off unnecessary spending. Consider guests who are willing to cover their accommodation and travel costs when planning additional celebrations. A bachelor or bachelorette party is not necessary. Meanwhile, a welcoming party to greet all available people is thoughtful, as is a dinner party.
Use the Wedding Location for the Honeymoon
Extending the wedding to the honeymoon also saves the cost of funding for another location for the honeymoon vacation. Most hotels also provide inexpensive wedding packages, which could help save money.
After everything, the most essential thing to note is that the wedding is all about you and your spouse. You both have free rein to do whatever you want, however you want it. Get creative and imaginative with your dressing (it doesn’t have to be the traditional wedding attire), arrange whatever fun activities suit you, play your preferred music instead of hiring a disk jockey (d.j), etc. The bottom line is that it should all be within your budget limits.