We both know how expensive weddings can be. And it’s not always easy to compare the cost of a traditional wedding to a destination wedding cost. If you’re planning from abroad, it’s almost impossible to see with your own eyes how things will look on your wedding day. This makes it even harder to decide what’s actually necessary and what you can skip to reduce costs!

This is not a saving guide, but more an outline of the cost of a destination wedding. I’ll explain briefly how things work in some graphic below. Hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two 🙂

Destination Wedding Costs:

  • 27% Of the couples pay for the Wedding themselves.
  • 23.800 dollars is the average price for a Destination Wedding.
  • 3.000 dollars is the average amount of money you save getting married abroad: Having fewer guests is one of the reasons
  • Destination Wedding receptions cost, on average, 41% less than Traditional Weddings. You can have cheaper receptions in Destination Weddings.

Destination Wedding Cost by Punta Cana Photographer

Source: Google

As you can see above, most couples don’t pay for the wedding themselves. Most of them get help from their parents (even if some of them regret the decision afterward).

If you’re getting help paying for the wedding, make sure everything is clear. Explain that you will end up making decisions for better or worse, and they are not entitled to decide because they pay for it. I know, that’s easier said than done! But it will save you a lot of hassle down the road.

Destination Weddings tend to be cheaper than traditional weddings, but that’s not always the case. You can plan something simple or create the most stunning set up in front of the beach, as you would do back home in a different venue. But the bigger your setup, the more expensive your wedding will be.

One of the main differences that reduce costs is the number of guests. Having to pay for 200 people is not the same as having to pay for 30, or 40 family members.

If you get married in a resort, you can always reduce costs by having a meal for a large group at a restaurant, instead of a private dinner on the beach. This simple change can save you a couple of thousand dollars if you have over 70 people.

For more helpful tips, check out 6 Simple Ways to Save Money on a Destination Wedding.