Destination Wedding Locations On A Budget

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It’s no secret that a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding is the holy grail of wed­dings, but it’s also no secret that it can be the most expen­sive. When you think of des­ti­na­tion wed­dings, you prob­a­bly think the likes of Hawaii and Paris. How­ev­er, they are also among some of the more expen­sive des­ti­na­tions. That’s with­out even men­tion­ing the time it takes to get to those places for many peo­ple. So today we’re fea­tur­ing a few of the most afford­able and acces­si­ble des­ti­na­tion wed­ding loca­tions on a bud­get.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Domini­can Repub­lic often gets over­looked for the many oth­er Caribbean islands. How­ev­er, what it lacks in recog­ni­tion, it makes up for inac­ces­si­bil­i­ty and the num­ber of resorts. Unlike many des­ti­na­tion wed­ding loca­tions, the Domini­can Repub­lic has a num­ber of dai­ly direct flights from major U.S. cities. Many of the resorts fea­ture a vari­ety of wed­ding pack­ages and venues and quite a num­ber of them are all-inclu­sive, dou­bling as a great hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion. Natu­ra Cabana, Barce­lo Bavaro Beach and Blue­Bay Vil­las Doradas are among just a hand­ful of the many resorts that have wed­ding pack­ages and venues.

NEGRIL, JAMAICA

Jamaica is an obvi­ous choice for an afford­able des­ti­na­tion wed­ding but it’s for good rea­son. It’s acces­si­ble (with some of the most direct flights from the U.S. than any oth­er Caribbean des­ti­na­tion), it’s afford­able, and Eng­lish is the offi­cial lan­guage. Negril makes a great beach wed­ding des­ti­na­tion thanks to Sev­en Mile Beach (mea­sur­ing just under sev­en miles actu­al­ly), since there’s so much beach real estate to work with. Rock­house and The Caves are among a cou­ple of notable venues. What’s unique about Rock­house is that they lim­it the prop­er­ty to just 20 wed­dings per year (and no more than 1 per week), mak­ing it more of a cus­tomized wed­ding expe­ri­ence for cou­ples. With both the Domini­can Repub­lic and Jamaica, how­ev­er, just be aware of hur­ri­cane sea­son August-Novem­ber.

bride and groom in blue suit walking on beach

PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA

Yes, Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia has wine coun­try, and it’s actu­al­ly pret­ty good. Most peo­ple nat­u­ral­ly asso­ciate Sono­ma and Napa with Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try, but a more off­beat and per­son­al­ized wine des­ti­na­tion can be found in Paso Rob­les. Paso Rob­les doesn’t have the lux­u­ry hotels, but what it does have is beau­ti­ful bou­tique winer­ies that can make for a beau­ti­ful, inti­mate coun­try­side wed­ding at the afford­abil­i­ty you can’t find in oth­er wine coun­try des­ti­na­tions. This includes venues like Hart­ley Farms, where you can wed under a 200-year old Live Oak or Thacher Win­ery, where you can wed on a 52-acre ranch. Bonus points that Paso Rob­les fea­tures nice weath­er year-round.

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

While there are so many des­ti­na­tion wed­ding loca­tions to choose from in Mex­i­co, what you get with the Riv­iera Maya is acces­si­bil­i­ty and one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of all-inclu­sive resorts. Riv­iera Maya resorts with wed­ding venues and pack­ages range from resorts with sev­er­al hun­dred rooms, such as Secrets’ numer­ous resorts, to small­er bou­tique hotels, like the 29-room Esen­cia. Be cog­nizant, how­ev­er, of dis­tances between your resort and air­port for trans­porta­tion for guests. While some of the resorts are in Can­cun itself and a short ride, oth­ers, such as Tulum’s resorts, are an hour from the air­port.

FLORIDA PANHANDLE

The Flori­da pan­han­dle offers all of the sights and sounds of an exot­ic des­ti­na­tion beach wed­ding, but with­out requir­ing a pass­port. For some­thing more off­beat and per­son­al, there’s Florida’s “For­got­ten Coast,” which includes small Flori­da beach cities like Apalachico­la and St. George Island, which gives that remote island feel. For a more main­stream wed­ding des­ti­na­tion, there’s Des­tin, which is qui­eter than many Flori­da beach cities, like Mia­mi, and more afford­able. This is the part of the Pan­han­dle where you’ll find some of the best hotels with wed­ding pack­ages and venues, such as Emer­ald Grande.

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