With weddings costing an arm and leg these days, there’s no surprise that more and more brides are choosing a cheap wedding abroad.
Simply by combining your wedding with your honeymoon is sure to save you thousands. Before you go though, consider these other creative cost saving ideas for your wedding abroad:
1. Use a Package Deal
Many of the Tour Operators are crying out for your business, so there are plenty of great deals to be had. You’ll be all set up in a hotel and only pay between £500 – £1500 extra for the wedding, plus you’ll get a wedding planner to organise all the little extras thrown in for free!
2. Choose Your Destination Wisely
Cyprus is great for wedding packages abroad, especially if you want to get married on the beach. They have outside marriage licences and plenty of stunning venues.
3. Off Peak Bargains
If you choose to marry in off-peak season or even mid-week you can save thousands. In Italy for example, you are still likely to be blessed with warm sunshine well into October, which is considered out of season.
4. Use a Wedding Planner
To get the best deals at your destination it’s worth paying for the services of a local wedding planner. They’ll be able to hit the ground running as they’ll be able to speak the language, know the customs and of course, the best (and most cost effective) suppliers.
5. Do it Yourself
To keep the costs of your cheap wedding abroad down, you can do certain elements yourself. You can make your own wedding stationery, favours and cake. It’ll save you a fortune and add a personal, yet unique, element to your wedding.
6. Wedding and Honeymoon Gift List Services
Also becoming increasingly popular are Gift List Services where your family and friends can contribute to the cost of your Wedding and Honeymoon abroad. This is a great way of cutting your wedding costs. Many Travel Companies provide this service as well as a number of independent websites.
7. Consider Wedding Abroad Insurance
Don’t let a cheap wedding turn into an expensive wedding! There are some circumstances over which you have no control so make sure you don’t get caught out. Remember the ash cloud in 2010 which caused large parts of European airspace to be closed to air traffic for an eight day period. This resulted in an estimated 95,000 flights being cancelled. Make sure you’re covered!
8. Throw Tradition out the Window
Usually being back in the UK, we tend to go along with the English traditions as it’s all just simply expected. There are always lashings of flowers, layers of cake, extra bridesmaids and lavish trimmings, most of which you don’t really need. With a cheap weddings abroad you can throw these out the window creating a much simpler affair and saving you thousands.
9. Use eBay
EBay is fantastic for all sorts of wedding items including veils, tiaras, silk flowers, stationery, wedding albums and well, the list goes on! It’s also excellent for wedding dresses, where you can pick up a made-to-measure dress from Asia for under £150 including post and packaging!
10. Hire a Villa
Consider hiring a villa for you and your guests to stay in and splitting the costs.
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Article by Nicola Ray // Photography Hayden Phoenix