When planning a wedding, many people do not consider a destination wedding because they think it is too pricey. However, having a trimmed down guest list will be just one of the ways you will save money. If a small elegant destination wedding is something you wish for, but the perceived cost makes you uncomfortable about your decision, here are some tips on how to organize a wedding on a cheap budget in the Dominican Republic:
Set your priorities
Take some time with your partner and discuss what will be the focal points of your wedding: a sophisticated dinner, entertainment, a big beautiful cake, or tropical flowers? Decide on what will be handled by professionals like food, décor, photography, and which is the most important. For instance, you may not want to go the inexpensive route when deciding on a photographer whose work will be yours to cherish for the rest of your life. They do not have to be the most expensive, but we do suggest finding an experienced professional. Check out Dominican Republic photographer prices for an idea of what to look for in that area.
Choose an off-season wedding date
Luckily, the low season in the Dominican Republic falls on wedding season: June to October. The weather is sunny all year round, so if you are okay with mild and hotter temperatures, higher chances of rainfall, and the slight possibility of hurricanes, go for it. Just be sure to have a plan B in case there is significant rainfall.
Hunt for cheap flights
When the dates are more or less decided, you can subscribe to flight alerts (Skyscanner, Expedia etc.) or your favorite airline newsletters to keep an eye out for the best travel deals. Be ready to buy cheap tickets immediately and find a way to inform your guests promptly of impending travel dates and flight changes as well.
Go the all-inclusive route
Sometimes all-inclusive packages are thought of in a negative light. They are viewed as a giant place with an impersonal attitude, poor quality food and drinks, etc. In the Dominican Republic, this is not the case. Tourists prefer all-inclusive hotels because they offer great packages, a high level of service, and it is much easier to predict your expenses. In addition, there are more personal options, like Zoetry Agua – Punta Cana’s thatch-roof cottages with gardens and tranquil beaches.
Make use of the location
In the Dominican Republic, you do not need to pay for a spectacular view or luxurious décor. In fact, gorgeous beaches and rich tropical nature are at your fingertips, free of charge. Also, there is no need to think about guest entertainment. Guests will be content to enjoy the beach or choose one of the many activities available (horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, snorkeling).
Do it yourself
Skip guest favors (thank you gifts) and get something local. Make your own wedding invitations. The guests will appreciate your creativity and the personal touch given to their appreciation gifts. Browse thousands of simple elegant wedding ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for inspiration. Save on make-up and hair by curling your own hair into beautiful beach waves using strong holding spray or sea salt spray for a natural look. A couple of light touches and your make up will be highlighted by the beautiful sunny weather paradise provides. YouTube make-up tutorials are a handy way to learn how to adapt intricate makeup looks into your own.
Rent your gown
Why spend thousands on an outfit to wear once when affordable designer options are available to rent? Once Wed, Recycled Bride, and Wore It Once are all useful websites when hunting down gowns to rent or gently used gowns available for purchase. Alternatively, buy a simple white dress without all of the bells and whistles and it will look fantastic in contrast to the azure ocean.
Simplify the meal
The hot weather and laid back atmosphere allow you to experiment with the wedding meal. Opt for a cocktail party with appetizers throughout the night or some of your favorite food, like seafood, with various sides instead of a formal dinner. Seafood can be a great option especially because it capitalizes on the surroundings and the local cuisine the destination will have to offer.
Get officially married at home
Consider getting married at home and celebrate the ceremony with your friends and family in paradise. It is attractive because there is no hassle with collecting documents or translation fees, etc.
Save on your honeymoon
If you stay in the Dominican Republic for your honeymoon, you don’t have to buy additional tickets and can negotiate complimentary extras like excursions or meals to add to your base costs. Destination weddings tend to be a win-win in that regard because no additional steps need to be taken in order to celebrate your honeymoon since your wedding takes place in paradise already.
Play your trump card
Everywhere in the world, hotels love tourist groups and are ready to offer good rates just to get them in. You are going to bring them a great deal of business so use your leverage, ask for package offers, and compare several hotel deals to make sure you are getting the best arrangements that the Dominican Republic has to offer.
Find a new place
New hotels are happy to offer good discounts for bringing in people and positive reviews on TripAdvisor or other review sites. They need to gain popularity and you want some free perks so it is a perfect combination for both of you.
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