Destination

Royal Hideaway Playacar, Riviera Maya

Your Dream Wedding Made Affordable

Think an amazing destination wedding has to break the bank? You’re wrong. A stunning, stress-free celebration abroad can be both low-cost and simple to plan with expert travel professionals and on-site wedding coordinators to help and leave you to the fun stuff (like getting married!) At a destination wedding you get to spend quality time with your guests during a week-long celebration and have the opportunity to immerse yourselves—and your guests—in the local culture with your décor, food and entertainment.

By Jennifer Hamilton
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How to make your dream wedding happen—on budget

According to Transat.com, the average cost to a bride and groom for a destination wedding is less than $6,000. That’s a far cry from the $30,000 most couples pay to get hitched at home. Wondering where all that cost-cutting comes from? Here are just a few of the ways a destination wedding will save you money.

The average cost to a bride and groom for a destination wedding is less than $6,000.

Minimal décor costs

The average Canadian bride and groom spend more than $1,600 on decorations for their wedding space. With a destination wedding you’ll be surrounded by turquoise waters, beaches, beautiful flowers and palm trees so there’s no need to pay extra to make your ceremony and reception more beautiful than they naturally are.

The average Canadian bride and groom spend more than $1,600 on decorations for their wedding space.

Group rate deals

Booking group travel often means access to exclusive rates, complimentary passengers, upgrades, free celebration packages and other discounts that will help stretch your wedding budget. On top of this, booking with Transat means that your first 30 wedding guests will not be required to pay a deposit until 90 days after the booking date or 60 days before departure, whichever comes first.

Booking group travel often means access to exclusive rates, complimentary passengers, upgrades, free celebration packages and other discounts.

Zero transportation costs

Transportation costs for a wedding in Canada can be more than $400. With a destination wedding, there is no need for separate transportation for your party as everything—from the photos to the ceremony and the reception—happens right at the same resort. Even your honeymoon can begin immediately following the ceremony since you’re already in paradise. You may want to extend your stay after your guests have left; at the same resort, a new one, or even one in a different city nearby.

Transportation costs for a wedding in Canada can be more than $400.

Stationery savings and honeymoon registries

Because you’re having a destination wedding you will automatically save money on invites and save the date cards by carefully editing down your guest list. Marlin Travel offers free wedding invitations and save the date cards. They also provide a Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Gift Registry, which we love! Through this service, guests can purchase gift cards in any amount as a wedding or shower gift for the bride and groom, which you can then use to lower the cost of your wedding or to help pay for your honeymoon.

Marlin Travel also has a Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Gift Registry, which guests can purchase gift cards in any amount.

Tying the knot in paradise is more affordable than you think!

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