There’s nothing more thrilling and stressful than planning a wedding, and when your upcoming nuptials are taking place overseas, it can often feel like you’re struggling to stay in control of your wedding plans.
Like with any wedding, keeping the costs low is probably your biggest concern. It doesn’t take much for your expenses to spiral out of control, and no one wants to enter their marriage already in a sea of debt. Weddings abroad are usually cheaper than traditional weddings that take place at home, often because the bride and groom can combine their nuptials and their honeymoon.
But how else can you save money on your overseas wedding and keep within budget? Read on to discover some simple money tips that will keep you organised and within budget.
Find a cheaper way to transfer your money
If you send money overseas to pay for your wedding, be it the entertainment, the catering, the venue or the flowers etc, then it’s probable that you’ll be sending money abroad frequently. So, the last thing you need is additional fees and exchange rates draining your wedding funds. Whether you want to buy US dollars or find the best exchange rate with the lowest possible fees, always use a comparison site and shop around before you part with your money.
Don’t be afraid to get married off-season
Many of us fall into the trap of getting married during peak-holiday and wedding seasons. This is usually because we want good weather for the ceremony and the pictures. Sadly, it also guarantees you more holidaymakers and additional costs!
If you haven’t chosen a destination yet, conduct plenty of research into the typical temperatures and weather patterns you could expect off-season. You may find that the weather just as pleasant later in the year, so you’ll get the perfect conditions without the hefty price tag.
Leave tradition at home
Lavish flowers, large numbers of bridesmaids, all-day catering, huge cakes, long white gowns, wedding traditions are fantastic, but they come with a high cost. If you’re getting married abroad, don’t be afraid to throw these traditions out of the window and do your own thing! A simple wedding on a sandy beach with a beautiful backdrop is probably all the extravagance you need.
Make sure your venue is easy to get to
Perhaps you’re conscious of your guests pushing back on your invite because of the travelling involved. Or maybe you’re paying for their travel and you want to keep the costs low. Consider choosing a venue that’s easy to get to, accessible via direct flights or a short drive away from the airport. Are flights affordable? Your location will determine all these costs, so choose wisely.
And finally, book as early in advance as possible
From the wedding venue to your honeymoon suite, your guest’s accommodation and the flights, consider booking as early in advance as possible. This way you’ll get the best price and you’ll have plenty of time to work these costs into your wedding budget.