Weddings can be very expensive, and if you’re looking for ways to cut down on the cost of yours, a destination wedding is probably the last thing on your mind. But who says a destination wedding has to break your wedding budget? With some careful planning, it’s possible to have a destination wedding on the cheap.
Timing is everything
You can save a lot of money by being flexible with your travel dates and picking off-season or shoulder season for your destination wedding, instead of booking it for the high season. It’s also important to avoid holidays, which is when hotel prices and airfare tend to skyrocket. And certain times of year (such as Valentine’s Day) can make wedding packages extremely limited in availability; when they are available during this time, you will often pay a premium. Also, being flexible with your exact wedding day (for instance, a Wednesday instead of a Saturday) will likely save you a lot, too.
Often, it can be cheaper to pick a destination that offers a direct flight from your city, so keep this in mind when exploring destination options.
Hold out for the best deals
Don’t just book the first airfare you find: it may not be the best deal. Do some research to find out what average airfare prices are for a particular route, and what some of the all-time lows can be. You should also hold out for specials, sales, and other incentives that vacation websites or airline websites might offer.
Packages may not always give you the best deals
It may seem like purchasing a flight and hotel bundle will give you optimal savings, but this isn’t always so. Be sure to check the airline and hotel websites separately so that you can see just how much you’d be saving. The price might be the same, or it might even be cheaper to purchase separately, especially when you apply certain discounts, such as an AAA membership discount.