10 Destination Wedding Items You Should Splurge On

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:

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There are, of course, plenty of areas to save a few pennies when you decide to marry abroad. Skip these totally unnecessary expenses altogether:

  • Reception Hall - most destination wedding venues include the dining and dancing space in one low wedding cost.
  • A Band - the hotel will no doubt provide musicians for free or a local DJ can be arranged for a small fee.
  • Ceremony site - this is almost always included in your wedding fee, but be sure to see if you can decorate it with your own flowers and favors.
  • Rehearsal dinner - take advantage of the all-inclusive options to dine with your wedding party and guests the night before the ceremony, just be sure not to overdo it with the margaritas - you’ll need a clear head the next day!


Destination weddings come with the added bonus that you are already away on your honeymoon as soon as you are married, with a little more money in your pocket than if you had said “I do” back at home. If you budget carefully and research the best options, you can still include many luxe items essential to the bride experience whilst saving enough money to afford a party when you get home for all your friends and family who couldn’t attend the big day.

Now that’s really luxe for less!

*Thank you to Fiona Tapp for the content of this article. Fiona Tapp is a freelance writer and eternal romantic, she can be reached at www.fionatapp.com or on Twitter @fionatappdotcom

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