Destination Wedding Travel Costs: Reducing Costs of Traveling and Lodging When Marrying Abroad

Couples planning a Caribbean wedding, a Kauai wedding or ceremony in the snow will agree: traveling to a destination wedding can cost a lot. Try to get the best bargains and save on travel and lodging expenses with these easy-to-follow tips.

Be Flexible With the Destination

Sure, the Maldives is a beautiful location, but staying there for a week can cost a fortune. Why not opt for locations such as the Virgin Islands, Mexico or Jamaica? These counties are equally as beautiful and won’t cost as much.

Heading over to Europe? Choose for countries that are not so expensive. Getting married in Paris can be really expensive, but a marriage in sun-drenched Croatia will cost only half as much. Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam are also good options for those not wanting to pay too much. A nice and tasteful dinner in these countries can cost anything from $2 to $10, drinks included. Lodging prices are equally as cheap, but expect to pay a little more in the big touristic areas like Thailand’s Phuket.

Play With the Dates of the Wedding and Honeymoon

It is absolutely necessary to get married during the busy holiday period? If not, couples can save a lot on airfares and lodging expenses just by avoiding travel during the holiday season.

Most hotels will offer cheaper rates for the same amenities during low-season and room rates can even drop $350 a night. Also, calling the hotels and inquiring about special deals (like honeymoon specials or room-rate promotions) can do the trick. Don’t mind about getting hitched during the hurricane season? Then benefit from the special promotions offered by hotel resorts located in the Caribbean area, Florida or Mexico and save hundreds of dollars.

Boarding the plane on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead of a Monday or Saturday can also save a lot of money. Check airfares on Tuesday nights, that’s when the best bargains can be found.

Choose for All-Inclusive Packages or Rooms With a Kitchenette

Why pay $35 for a meager breakfast? Get a room with a kitchenette and buy food at local stores. Cook up a nice meal and save tens of dollars a day or spend the saved amount on a dinner splurge.

For couples who don’t like to cook themselves but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for breakfast and dinner each day, an all-inclusive package is the best option. These packages include 3 meals a day (often in buffet style), several snacks during the day, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and ice-creams. Beware though, couples planning to spend a lot of time on excursions or daytrips will not benefit from these kind of packages. Not being at the hotel means not being able to profit from the free food and drinks.

Check Exchange Rates of the Wedding Destination

Off course currencies fluctuate on a daily basis, but some countries always offer the best value, not matter the financial climate. These include Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, South-East Asia and Argentina.

Being Flexible will Save Money

Choosing an affordable destination for a wedding and/or honeymoon and being flexible with dates are two easy ways for couples wanting to save money. Destination packages and traveling outside the busy holiday season are also great money savers.

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