Costs I Never Expected to Pay for My Destination Wedding
Having a destination wedding is the perfect idea for a glamorous, scenic, romantic event, where you can invite friends and family to come and witness your intimate moment with your loved one. Destination weddings provide a lot of options for couples, no matter the type of wedding they want to have. Plus, there is a lot of help out there for people planning destination weddings, and even the wedding destinations themselves are a big factor in making that dream day come alive.
That said; destination weddings are pretty expensive affairs. One needs to budget and plan for every single detail, and even put in extra sums of money for stuff, just to be on the safe side. One has to ask questions, tons of them, so as to know what to pay for, what not to pay for, and how not to pay for something you might be wanting to pay for. In the end, however, things can (and probably will) get away from you, and you might incur some expenses that weren’t planned for, or even expenses you didn’t even know existed in the first place. Destination wedding couples all over the world have had to deal with at least one of these costs, and so this article is meant to help future couples avoid these problems.
Unexpected Destination Wedding Costs
1) Flight Costs – In December 2016, you and your mum flew to Barbados and tickets cost just about so much US dollars. You loved the place, so your wedding is going to be in Barbados. You have flown there recently, and by April 2017 flight ticket prices shouldn’t have changed much from December 2016, right? Wrong! This happens all the time to destination wedding couples: they neglect to find out ticket prices, and as such, do not budget appropriately. In some cases, the ticket prices may increase by a hundred US dollars, or even more!
1) Assuming Fees are Inflexible – This falls into the category of ‘How Not to Pay for Stuff You Might Be Wanting to Pay For’. You can actually save money when booking a wedding destination and their services. The funny thing is, they might not tell you there is a discount, unless you ask. So, ask. Anything to save you extra bucks to spend on something else.
2) Having Guests Staying Off-Site – You have booked your wedding destination, and you noticed that there are cheaper hotels and resorts nearby that your guests and bunk in. on the day of the pre-wedding cocktails, they come in to the resort where your wedding is taking place, and they are told to pay an entrance fee. Uh, what? The day of the wedding, another entrance fee. You will have to pay for all those entrance fees dear.
Using Off-Site Vendors – You decide to get vendors that do not work with (or at) your wedding destination, because they provide better products and services. On the day of the wedding, as everyone is enjoying the excellent food and music and complimenting your lovely makeup, the resort you are at hands you a bill for using those superb vendors. And you thought you only had to pay the vendors! Some wedding destinations have vendor policies that indicate that you have to pay a fee for using vendors that they do not work it, but you didn’t know that, did you? So now you pay, even though you didn’t budget.
Make sure you keep all of this in mind when planning expenses for your destination wedding.