Planning a wedding is a lot of fun and full of excitement, but that does not mean that it is not stressful when it comes to finances. The fact is, weddings are expensive, no matter what you do. And if you are planning a destination wedding to your favorite city or country, there is going to be the added cost of pricey transportation and having to book rooms at a rate you might not be used to. But if your heart is set on that special destination, there are some great ways you can save. It is all about getting creative and knowing what strategies will work best for you.
Thus, if you are ready to save money on having your wedding in that dream destination, here is how to do it:
Budget your other costs
When your wedding involves travel, it is smart to cut down on other wedding costs. For example, even though every bride dreams of having the most beautiful dress imaginable, you can save money on a dress if you search for a wedding gowns online store. The same goes for other elements of your wedding such as fancy, free cocktails and expensive entertainment. Instead, offer free wine and champagne instead of spirits, and make an awesome Spotify playlist for dancing. Or consider a bohemian wedding dress, which is so in style now, versus a costly designer dress.
Considering that, according to a 2017 study, the average wedding in the US cost is $33,391, cutting back on these kinds of expenses will make a huge difference.
Save on the flight
When you are planning a trip that is far away, whether that is across the country or the ocean, flying costs can seem impossible to pay. But where there is a will, there is a way, and nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to flying. Use technology to your advantage. Set up a flight alert with Google Flights, sign up for travel alert emails like Travelzoo, and when you are searching for cheap deals, use sites like Expedia. Using apps like Hopper, Hipmunk, and Skyscanner will automatically help you save because you will get a notification on your phone every time the price goes down.
Additionally, sign up for alerts from your favorite airlines. Even though United and Southwest can be pricey at times, they have great deals that you can snatch up and tell your guests about it, too! And then there are discount airlines to think about. Even though they do not have complimentary drinks like other airlines, they can cost super cheap.
Get creative with accommodations
It is always easy to spend too much on accommodations. If you have ever stayed at a hotel, you know how expensive it can be, and internationally, rates can be even worse. The average price for a hotel in Paris is about 170 euros a night, which comes out to $197. Multiply that by the number of nights you are spending, without even factoring in costs for groceries or going out, and you might end up spending over a thousand dollars in living costs alone.
So, instead of shelling out for a traditional hotel room, get creative. Stay at an Airbnb, and split the costs with your family and your closest friends. (It is easier to host an after-party that way, too.) You can also call a hostel in advance, and reserve rooms just for you and your friends. If you are set on staying in a hotel, though, you can also call and ask if you can get a sub-par room for cheaper (for example, if some of the outlets do not work or the wifi does not reach).
Have fun for free
Finally, do not forget, when you are traveling to a destination, there is so much you can do for free! Do research on the city beforehand and find out if there are websites you can subscribe to that will get you cheap dinner deals and entry into exciting cultural events. There is bound to be something, especially in big cities.
These are some of the best ways to save money on your destination wedding. What other strategies would you recommend to other happy couples?