Destination weddings used to bring to mind a clandestine couple stealing away in the dark of night to elope and marry in secret. But nowadays, marrying away from home is big business and includes 24% of all American marriage ceremonies. Many of those happy couples who choose to exchange vows on a sandy beach or atop a picturesque cliff choose to do so based on the cost savings.
According to The Knot, the average wedding in the US currently sets couples back $31,213 whereas destination weddings usually run below $10,000 and that includes the cost of the honeymoon! It makes sense to redistribute your hard earned funds away from wedding costs to purchases such as a first home deposit or furniture. Spending colossal amounts of money on what is only one day in your life doesn’t make fiscal sense. However, scrimping on some of the luxuries normally expected at a wedding can lead brides-to-be to feel short changed and thoroughly underwhelmed.
Destination brides can keep a check on their finances whilst still feeling like a princess if they follow these ten tips. Budget nuptials will look anything but cheap, so long as you make sure to splurge on these must have big day essentials: