Destination wedding budget, details to consider when setting your budget.
A destination wedding will save you money because you will have a smaller guest list. You may be right about the party size however, a destination wedding can cost you just as much if not more if your destination wedding budget is not nailed down. You need to include airfare and hotels in your budget and you might want to visit the destination at least once before you decide on the location. Also, if you want to use your own photographer and wedding planner, you will have to consider their airfare and lodging as well. Destination wedding usually last three or more days, which means you’ll be entertaining guests and hosting a few tours or parties. You may need to pay for travel or hotel for some of your “must be there” guests, like your maid of honor or best man who may not have the funds. Bottom line: Create a solid budget that allows for extra expenses. It is better to have the flexibility to trim and not add. You don’t want to cut something out of the wedding because you have to pay for your college roommate’s airfare.
You may want to consider a resort that would include or provide a complimentary wedding with a certain amount of rooms guaranteed. For instance, Sandals Resorts offers a free wedding with a 3 night or more stay. This certainly would help with your budget.