The Secrets to a Cheap But Charming Destination Wedding

The Secrets To A Cheap But Charming Destination Wedding
The Secrets to a Cheap But Charming Destination Wedding

No matter where in the world you hold your wedding, you only have one “destination”: married life. For some couples, the actual “where” of the wedding doesn’t matter as long as they get to say their “I dos.” But for about 449,000 couples every year who have destination weddings, choosing a special wedding destination is a huge part of the deal.

We get it. Who doesn’t want to get married on a beautiful Caribbean island or in Hawaii with the Pacific Ocean framing your perfect day? However, destination weddings mean travel and travel means expenses. We won’t blame you if you’re hesitant about considering this option for fear it may be too much for your budget. But, according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Wedding Study, the average cost of destination weddings is around $27,000, lower than the national average wedding cost, which is at around $33,000.

Of course, that average may still be above some couples’ budgets. So, as experts in the business of tying the knot, we give you the Arluis Destination Weddings’ guide to successfully pulling off a beautiful destination wedding without breaking the bank.

Choose Your Location Wisely

There are places like New York where the average cost of getting hitched is around $77,000. Then, there are destinations like Hawaii and Jamaica where the average wedding cost is significantly less  – around $50,000 less, to be somewhat more precise – than New York’s median cost of tying the knot.

If you want an international wedding, you might want to choose countries that are in proximity to the continental U.S. to make your travel more affordable. And when it comes to choosing your location, make sure to go with a place that’s stunning enough on its own so you won’t need to spend thousands of dollars sprucing it up.

Before you close in on a specific venue, though, make sure to check out other places. In popular international wedding locations like the Caribbean, many hotels and resorts offer affordable destination wedding packages. Compare them based on your budget and what you want your wedding to be like and you’ll no doubt find the perfect location for your perfect day.

Time It Right

Want to make your affordable wedding destination even cheaper? Choose an off-season date. Peak dates typically mean the prices of hotels and other places are set higher, due to the influx of tourists and visitors to the area.

In off-season months, though, business owners at popular wedding destinations would rather have clients paying more affordable fees than no clients at all. Of course, you must do thorough research on your chosen locale since off-season usually means the weather might be less than agreeable. If you time it right, however, you can save a ton of bucks.

Trim Your Guest List

Possibly one of the best things that can come out of destination weddings (apart from gorgeous photos and a newly married you) is that you don’t have to invite everyone you know. So, people who don’t necessarily need to be there, like a coworker, your second cousin twice removed, and your Mom’s friend Linda from church, can safely be cut from the guest list.

Only invite your nearest and dearest. This way, instead of spending money on 200 of your closest strangers, you’ll save money and get to enjoy a beautiful weekend with those who’ll make your wedding even more special.

Experience the Wedding of Your Dreams

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life – if not the most special. If you have money to splurge, then go. But always remember that you can still enjoy a budget-friendly, even cheap, destination wedding without it looking cheap. Let Arluis Destination Weddings help you with that.

For over 15 years, we’ve been working with couples to bring their dream destination wedding to life. Join hundreds of others who began the next chapter of their life beautifully with our help. Contact us at for your inquiries.


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