Dreaming of a Destination Wedding? Top Tips to Make It Happen

If you've pondered the wonderful idea of having a dream destination wedding, we have some excellent tips to share with you today! Please read through and let us know your thoughts! 

From the moment you had that ring placed on that oh-so-significant finger, you knew what you wanted your big day to look like. And if that vision includes white sandy beaches or a mountaintop retreat, you might be wondering how you'll afford it. Keep reading for the best tips on how to afford a destination wedding:

The Early Bird Gets the Wedding

The average engagement lasts about 14 months, according to The Knot—but this doesn’t mean yours has to. If you’re thinking about choosing a wedding location that’s more than 100 miles from where you live, consider stretching out your engagement a bit more. There’s no magic number, but the more you take your time, the more you (and your guests) can plan and save and get good deals on airfare, hotel rooms and car rentals. And don’t forget to send save-the-date announcements as soon as you decide on the location and date; guests will appreciate the advance notice.

Emphasize What’s Important

It's normal to want to splurge in all areas, but if you make this mistake, you’ll be shelling out a lot of money with little additional benefit. The main draw of a destination wedding is really the experience—the little touches don’t have to be perfect.

First, keep your invitation list as small as possible. For an event like this, inviting only your closest family and friends will make it more intimate and keep costs to a minimum. Second, decide what peripheral elements matter most to you. It makes sense to pay top dollar for a high-class photographer and videographer, but maybe you can get away with simple floral arrangements and modest centerpieces. Make choices based on what will be remembered 10 years from now. Everything else is a nice cherry on top but not essential.

Think Outside the Bank

When it comes to funding your special day, you're not limited by what’s in your bank account—but you don't want to go into significant debt through loans or credit cards, either. There are some creative ways you can pay for what you need and save some money too:
  • Check out websites like Groupon and Living Social for deals on invitations, favors and pre-wedding spa services for you and your bridesmaids. 
  • Look around your home. Is that couch in your spare bedroom rarely ever used? What about the television that’s being stored in your garage? Try selling items on Craigslist to bring in some extra dough. 
  • If you receive payments from an annuity or structured settlement, you may be able to sell your future payments to a company like J.G. Wentworth and use the lump sum to help with financing. 
  • Try crowdfunding. Go Get Funding features a guide to crowdfunding the big day. 

No idea is too small or too silly if it means netting you some extra cash to help fund your dream. Wishing you and yours a long, happy engagement and the destination wedding you always wanted.

I completely agree with looking into Groupon or Living Social sites for travel deals! Those offer amazing deals at 5 star properties now and then. Keep those eyes peeled, and be sure to sign up for their travel deals sections. 

We hope you found this article helpful! Let us know where you plan to have your dream destination wedding, we're curious where couples are jetting off to get wed! 

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