According to an annual survey by wedding planning site The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. now comes in at a whopping $35,329. This figure has been steadily rising over the decade that the site has been completing the study, clearly showing that people are willing to splash out more and more for their dream day. However, having your fairy tale wedding doesn’t necessarily have to come with a make-believe price tag. (See also: People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings)
Incorporate the honeymoon into the wedding
By honeymooning in the same destination that you’re getting married, you can combine the two costs rather than paying for a separate trip. The honeymoon can be one of the most expensive parts of getting married, but this way you’re already in your desired location, so there are no extra travel costs.
If you’re concerned about the prospect of your family and friends being present for your honeymoon, then consider switching hotels once you’ve said “I do.” On the other hand, for some people, having loved ones there for the entire occasion may be a bonus.
Fewer guests mean lower costs
There’s a good chance having your wedding abroad will automatically cull the guest list for you, and probably quite drastically. While it’s common for weddings in the U.S. to top 100 guests, no matter how popular you are, your overseas celebration is unlikely to attract those numbers.
Lots of people who may ordinarily expect to attend simply won’t be able to take the time off work or be willing to pay to travel that far away. This is a deal breaker for some brides and grooms, but for others, it’s a welcome way to organically trim the guest list and, therefore, expenses.
Check out shoulder season
Traveling during peak season costs more money, and exactly the same applies for weddings, so it’s best to avoid it. However, off-peak times in popular destinations usually coincide with poor weather, and the last thing you want is for your dream beach wedding to be interrupted by wind and rain.
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