How To Plan A Destination Wedding On A Budget
Planning a wedding is no easy task, and it’s surely not something that can be covered in one article. Therefore I will be making this into a three part series covering everything from locations and accommodations to Flowers, bouquets, and decorations. And let us not forget about the dress. You can find the dress of your dreams for less than you think…and I’m going to tell you how. With the average wedding costing nearly $30,000 it’s hard to image the idea of a destination wedding being anywhere within your budget. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank or drowned yourself in debt to have the amazingly beautiful destination wedding you’ve always wanted. I’m going to give you a few tips that will help you make your dream wedding a reality. When you hear the words “destination wedding” a few prime locations come to mind: Hawaii, Italy, Paris, but let’s not forget that a destination wedding can be anywhere away from the comforts of home. There are lovely locations right here in the U.S. which have as much character and exotic beauty as some of the long distance options but for less than half of the travel price. For a beach destination wedding try the beautiful Florida locations of Siesta Key, Amelia Island, or go further south to the Keys for a tropical getaway. Try and plan your wedding during the off season. Florida temperatures stay well within the 80’s for 8months out of the year. Want something rustic with natural beauty, lush green landscapes, and crystal clear lakes then Breezy Pointe, Minnesota could be your perfect destination wedding location.
Wedding Accommodations On A Budget
Another way to save on your destination costs is by renting a private home for the wedding party in lieu of booking hotels. You can find beautiful homes available on trip advisor and airbnb just to name a few. If you choose a property that is both beautiful and functional you may be able to have the wedding on the property eliminating the need for a second venue. The options are endless and keeping your affair centralized will allow more of your close friends and family to be able to attend. After all, what is the point of having a beautiful wedding if the ones you love can’t be there?
Hotel Discounts For Your Wedding Guests
When it comes to your wedding guest accommodations it’s best to have at least two options: A family friendly hotel for those guests who have children and a sleeker slightly more expensive choice for those who are flying solo or bringing a date. Many hotels will provide a hotel discount for your guests. Blocking rooms for your wedding is a great way to make sure your guests are able to attend and that the hotel locations are close to the venue making transportation on your wedding day that much easier for everyone. Here are a few questions to ask when blocking rooms for your wedding.
- Is there a minimum number of rooms you have to block?
- What would be the cutoff date be?
- Will reservations be accepted after the cutoff date at your discounted rates as long as there is availability?
- How will they let you know who has reserved rooms? Email?
- Is there a point person who coordinates these types of events, or will I be dealing with a different person every time I call?
- Can they block your guests’ rooms next to each other?
- Do they have an online code for your guests to receive the group rate or do they have to call the hotel directly?
I hope that these tips will help you plan your destination wedding on a budget. Check in next week for part two of: How To Plan A Destination Wedding on A Budget. I’ll be covering Wedding Decorations on a Budget. Where you can get the best deals on flowers and some DIY ideas for the ceremony, reception, and everything in between. Till next time. Much Love, LM Have a question or comment? Need some advice or have a DIY idea you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you Love@lea-mariesignatureevents.com