5 Ways to Stay on Budget for your Destination Wedding
1. Design a realistic working budget
Take time and research locations that offer discounts on travel, and resorts.
Be sure to book around off season rates.
Location can be the biggest expense. Search for venues and resorts that specialize in Destination Weddings and offers all-inclusive packages, discounts, and preferred vendors.
The Knot Budget Calculator– This will tell you how much you should be spending on your wedding, as well as tracking all your payments, and due dates.
2. Be prepared for hidden costs and extra’s –
Be diligent about being aware of all the upfront costs, as well as asking about any hidden costs.
Do not forget tax, set-up and delivery fees, permits, tipping and gratuity, overtime fees. No one works for free. Just one-hour overtime will include paying extra for the photographer, DJ, caterer, venue, manager, and others.
3. Tips – Your wedding vendors work very hard to make your day perfect. Be sure to budget showing your appreciation with gratuity!
4. Buyer Beware – Trials are not free! Hairstyles, and make-up, and florist demos, are not free. Be sure to factor this in.
5. The devil is in the details – Do not forget the costs of the little things. The extras will add up fast!
The cost of postage for your Save the Date cards
Permits for public beach access
Factor in a Budget Cushion
Just like it is wise to build an emergency savings account, make a goal to save 5 percent of your wedding budget for any hidden costs, extra’s, or for going over in any area of your overall budget.
Use Credit Cards
Search for credit cards with rewards to benefit from your expenses, as well as keeping track of all your expenses.
Use one account for your wedding budget
Allocate your wedding funds in one account
Separate from your daily checking account. This will be easier for you to keep track of your expenses to budget better.