If you've always wanted to have a destination wedding, nothing should stop you from getting married in style. Even if budget woes are worrying you, you can exchange your vows in a beautiful location without breaking the bank.
Don't worry; a budget destination wedding doesn't have to look cheap just because you're putting in less money. Just like cheap wedding suits can ooze style when perfectly tailored, a budget destination wedding can look sophisticated when planned well.
The first thing you need to decide on when planning your destination wedding is obviously the location. Pick a place that you can get to easily and that will be scenic enough so you can save on wedding décor. What's more, such a location can also double up as your honeymoon spot!
If you don't know where to look, here are some places to consider:
The Dominican Republic's stable government and thriving tourism industry have made this island a desirable destination wedding and honeymoon hot spot. Spanish colonial architecture lends the place an old world charm and is sure to make you fall in love with this Caribbean paradise instantly.
Here, you'll be able to find expansive and luxurious resorts and hotels that fit your budget. With flawless tropical scenery as the backdrop for your wedding images, you know you can't go wrong with this island.
With un-spoilt beaches, traditional merengue music playing all day long, and a host of activities like dolphin sightings, safari and dune adventures, zip lining, catamaran cruises, snorkeling, and more to indulge in, you don’t need think of other Caribbean destinations!
Situated on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize with its Caribbean shoreline and Mayan ruins is sure to entice you. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second longest in the world and is home to about 500 species of fish and over 100 types of corals.
The clear waters make snorkeling more enjoyable and if you're daring enough, you can also consider exploring underwater caves and the world-renowned Blue Hole. Those willing to remain above the surface of the water can indulge in kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing.
Belize has a vast network of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are home to several animals and birds. The country also has many archaeological sites and quite a few Mayan structures offer panoramic views of the jungles.
Belize is easy to get to from abroad and getting from one place to another within the country is just as easy. The people are friendly and you can be sure to feast on great food!
Though far-flung, South Africa is wildly interesting and if you manage to book cheap flights, you certainly won't exceed your budget.
South Africa has varied sights and experiences waiting for you -- crocodile-filled rivers, lush vineyards, splendid beaches dotted with penguins, safari tours, and much more. You can choose to sit and relax on the beaches, but with an endless to-do list, you'll certainly want to see all that South Africa has to offer.
You can have a budget wedding on any of the glorious Greek islands if having a luxury estate wedding is not going to be possible. All of the Greek islands have fabulous beaches and beautiful weather so you won't have to sacrifice on the view if you're on a low budget.
Greece is also a perfect place to spend your honeymoon. Lounge on the beaches, take in the architectural splendor of the country, or go wine sampling at local vineyards and you'll cherish each and every moment spent here for years to come.
This North African country is only three hours away from the UK by flight. Morocco receives sun all through the year so you can travel here off-season for your wedding to save on costs. Whether you choose to have an intimate wedding or invite close family members and friends, a destination wedding here won't cost you a lot.
You can choose to have an English style wedding or a traditional Moroccan one. You'll also get to enjoy a completely different cultural experience while in Morocco.
Having a destination wedding on a budget is neither impossible nor tough; you only need to plan it right. Be sure to make your reservations early. Book flight tickets early so you can get maximum discounts. And remember, traveling in the off-season can help you save a lot!
A wedding is an important event for those involved, and you shouldn’t let the stress of a limited budget come in the way of your dreams. Now that you know of these wonderful budget destinations, you don’t have to give up on your dream of getting hitched abroad. Just finalize your budget and get started on planning where you’ll be going!
Do note that all countries have different legal requirements for couples planning to get married. So research well and be prepared in advance for everything. Happy planning!