Affordable Beach Weddings
If you’ve ever planned a wedding -- or have known a person who planned a wedding, or have known a person who knew a person who planned a wedding -- you know that they don’t come cheap. There’s the flowers, the band, the dress, the menu; it may be the best day of your life but it also may be one of the most expensive, especially if you’re pining for a destination wedding on the sand. But don’t worry: Oyster.com has found 4 beach destinations that won’t empty your -- or your guests’ -- wallets. From Belize to Destin, FL, you can have your cake (beachside) and afford it, too.
Beach Wedding Destination: Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic almost always makes the list of affordable beach destinations. Not only is it relatively easy to get to -- with direct flights leaving from the US and Europe daily -- but it is filled with all-inclusive resorts, many of which offer affordable package deals. Plus, conveniently for couples on a tight budget, wedding peak season falls largely during the Dominican Republic’s offseason, which means cheaper flights, cheaper room rates and quieter hotel atmospheres for your big day. Sure, June through September can be very hot and humid, and hurricanes are a possibility in the later months, so you’ll have to take your chances or check out weathertrends360’s long-term forecast.
Beach Wedding Destination: BelizeWith flight prices comparable to those to nearby destinations such as Mexico and Costa Rica, Belize offers visitors a more diverse spot for a wedding than your run-of-the-mill beach destination. Not only does it boast beautiful sandy beaches, but Belize is also home to lush rainforests, Mayan ruins and the second largest barrier reef in the world. And once you’re here, it’s easy enough to save some green -- and go green, for that matter. Though there are some luxury boutiques in the country, Belize has very few expensive mega-resorts; instead it’s dotted with eco-lodges and inns where room-and-board can be found cheap -- if you’re willing to give up some “luxuries” such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Another perk? With lobster being a local specialty, it comes much cheaper here than stateside, so you can impress wedding guests with a lobster dinner for a lot less.
Beach Wedding Destination: Destin, FloridaOne way to save on your beach wedding is to have it stateside, and Destin, FL, is a great option for budget-friendly nuptials. Less expensive than Florida hot spots such as Miami and Panama City Beach, Destin offers a quieter, quainter vibe, but equally pretty beaches for saying “I do.” An affordable getaway no matter the season, Destin sees off-peak rates drop even lower, with prices in the double digits being an easy find. And if you have some free time pre- or post-wedding, catch a live blues performance or go fishing from a pier -- both popular pastimes in this laid-back locale.
Beach Wedding Destination: Negril, JamaicaNegril has the most beautiful sunsets in Jamaica -- and some of the most affordable accommodations. It may not have an international airport, but Negril is nonetheless easy and relatively inexpensive to get to (visitors fly into the airport at Montego Bay and then take a shuttle), and boasts some of the cheapest digs in Jamaica. Famous for its Seven Mile Beach -- one of the softest and longest beaches in Jamaica -- Negril is a popular spot for destination weddings, and couples and guests can save cash here in many ways: Not only are the room rates low (the area is home to an eclectic jumble of beachfront motels, cliffside cottages and hippie bungalows), but public transportation is convenient, safe and cheap, and you can find excellent seafood at nearly all of the hole-in-the-wall spots along the beach.
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