MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2019 /CNW/ -
Are destination weddings more expensive?
Destination weddings don't have to break the bank it you plan realistically and accordingly. First of all, far-away weddings aren't usually more expensive as they tend to be smaller than the big shebangs we're used to at home; in your family's church or backyard, with a reception at a fancy downtown hotel, where you have to invite your great aunt and uncle, all the cousins and so on, and so on. But if you're planning on a semi-big affair, here's how you can hit it a homerun, far from home:
How to hit a home run far from home.
The average cost for a destination wedding is $17,000 for 100 people, and more often than not, there are usually fewer than 100 people that commit to making the journey. So, not to be gauche or crass, it's just a nice way to keep the numbers and costs down to a dull roar. A more intimate event tends to more inexpensive than a traditional at-home wedding which usually costs $25,000 for the same amount of people. An away-wedding may seem extravagant to your old Aunt Mildred, but it's actually a great way to keep all the numbers down.
Think of it as a 2-in-1, combo under the sun!
The biggest bang for your buck comes when you think of a destination wedding as a way of creating a wedding/honeymoon combo. To make things as affordable and enjoyable as possible, consider using a site like FlightHub, or JustFly, their U.S. brand, to look into group rates on accommodations at your chosen resort. "Our mantra is to offer more options, and the best prices, with less headaches," says FlightHub and JustFly's Matt Keezer. "We want to remove price concerns from the equation, so people can focus on planning the rest of their special day.''
How to get married away without getting carried away.
Here are the most fabulous, less expensive places to get hitched: Martinique, Dominica (Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Costa Rica, Tulum, Cozumel, Curacao, and Puerto Vallarta.
But before you head there to get hitched, head to FlightHub.com or JustFly.com for less hitches. They're travel service experts who really and truly help their customers fly anywhere in the world, at the lowest available prices. Their customized, one-of-a-kind algorithm finds the cheapest prices from each airline to ensure their customers are getting the best deals. When it comes to booking flights, hotels and cars you can just hop online, or their 24/7 service is just a phone call away.
A unique, and free platform offers all FlightHub and JustFly customers more freedom to maneuver and manage all aspects of their flights, all by themselves. No waiting on hold, just a 24/7 service that allows them to serve themselves, whenever they want to and need to. FlightHub believes their customers should always feel like they have first-in-line privileges, versus back-of-the-pack shenanigans.
What you need to know about destination wedding cost etiquette?
Okay, back to the wedding planning! Here's the lowdown on keeping costs down, and minding your manners. If your guests are part of the wedding party, the bride and her family traditionally pay for the bridesmaids' accommodation, while the groom and his family take financial responsibility for the groomsmens' lodging. The wedding party should expect to cover outside activities and meals as well as their formal attire, travel, hairdos and grooming. Other guests are usually responsible for their hotel rooms, transportation to and from the destination, and any activities and meals outside of wedding events. The Bride and Groom can also take care of the costs for group activities so their guests feel as entertained and looked after as possible, to provide that "all-inclusive" feeling.
"Who pays for what?" in a nuptial nutshell.
Usually, the couple pays for their own resort stay and the wedding package or their dreams, while their guests are okay to pay their own way to the chosen location and for their accommodations. All in all, it's not a free-or-all, but the friends of the love-couple get to experience a beautiful beach vacation with their greatest friends. It's a holiday and a celebration far away with your nearest and dearest. Think of it as a win-win for everyone!
Keep the stress and costs down.
Remember that a destination wedding is virtually stress-free. They are almost guaranteed to be simpler (and faster) to plan than a stay-at-home wedding and reception. Honeymoon-happy resorts and cruise lines around the world have made it easier and more appealing to wed on-site. They're like one-stop-shops to tie the knot, because they're pros who've been at it for years and have it down to perfection. They know what they're doing, so all you have to do is say "I do". The same goes for FlightHub, they're also pros who've perfected what they do when it comes to facilitating your planning and pricing for more vacation bliss and less holiday stress.
Beachfront or Mountaintop?
Travel booking companies like FlightHub have an abundance of destinations to choose from; from the Caribbean to Colorado and Calgary so you can achieve your mountain-top, lifetime high. FlightHub and JustFly boast national and international destinations with a dedicated team of software engineers and travel specialists that work tirelessly to make them the best way to plan, book and manage your dream destination wedding come true.
Imagine the fun of dressing for less.
Destination weddings aren't just for those with lots of money. Statistics show that 1 in 4 brides who have had a destination wedding have been able to pay for it by themselves. No loans, no debt, just a great celebration. To start with, saving isn't just about where you're going, a big part of it is about what you're wearing. For example, just think that if you choose to get married on a beach, why wear shoes? Going barefoot and saving on tux rentals, and expensive gowns can save you and your guests a fortune! Why not white jeans, and a summer dress versus designer garb that costs more than airfare? Add that together and that's close to a flight, or a night's accommodation, or maybe two. It all depends on your priorities, and your opportunities to make your dream wedding come true. FlightHub and JustFly are here to make it all happen, just one detail and click away from your getaway wedding celebration far from home, and well within budget.
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