Chances are you picked your wedding destination because of its spectacular beauty, so forgo expensive over-the-top floral arrangements and let the natural surroundings shine. If fresh flowers are a must, save money with simple, local arrangements or add a splash of color with garlands or centerpieces made only from greenery. These vibrant, on-trend arrangements can be made with anything from ferns to rosemary and add major bang for the buck. You can also re-use your bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces at the reception.
Wedding dresses by famous designers can really cut into your budget. Instead, opt for a gown you love versus the name on the tag. You should also avoid heavy and expensive fabrics like silk shantung. Fabrics such as chiffon are usually more affordable, and their breathability is perfect for tropical climates. It will also be easier to travel with your gown if it has less fabric. When you’ve got some extra cash to spare and you’re as cool as a cucumber, you’ll be a much happier bride. If you still crave a designer gown, consider finding it at a bridal consignment shop. Since they’ve only been worn once, the gowns are typically in excellent condition and are sold at a fraction of the original price.
Many all-inclusive resorts provide wedding packages that are not only affordable, but they also make hosting your wedding a tropical breeze. Some resorts even include free wedding packages if you stay a certain amount of nights. By allowing the resort to take care of the flowers, reception venue, ceremony set up and more, you save both cash and stress.
While thoughtful, customized favors are a fast way to empty your pockets, think about what’s unique to your location and how you can incorporate that into your favors. If your destination wedding is in Hawaii, give out Kona coffee beans. Do you and your significant other have a charity that’s near and dear to your heart? Make a donation in your guests’ name in lieu of a tangible gift. Thinking local and personal will not only save you money, it will also fit right in with your wedding theme.
You've got enough planning to handle as is; let a travel agent take some of it off your hands.
Finally, If your dream wedding includes a big smiling group of family and friends, you need a travel advisor. They can handle everything from coordinating airline reservations to arranging preferred room types. Not only will they ensure your guests arrive in a celebratory mood, but they'll also take a load of stress off your shoulders. And thanks to group discounts, they can save you a lot of money in the process. What’s more, travel advisors can help you understand all safety precautions and cancellation policies, giving you and your family the peace of mind you need.