As you plan your wedding, you may be hesitant to explore the possibility of hosting a destination wedding due to the myth that all destination weddings have higher price tags. However, many locations offer affordable wedding packages for you and your family.
Destination weddings are typically intimate with smaller guest lists, meaning the overall wedding expenses are lower. Taking a trip out of your hometown or country also means you can kick-start your honeymoon as soon as the wedding festivities are over instead of taking two separate getaways. Allow yourself and your family to explore new environments, cultures, and beauty.
To help you plan the beach wedding of your dreams, here are the top five destinations for an affordable beach wedding.
When you think of a beachfront wedding, you think of clear blue skies, soft white sand, and miles of the big, beautiful sea. You can get all of that and more in Belize. Its stunning scenery is perfect for a photo shoot regardless of the angle you turn. Explore their waterfalls or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip to the jungles of Belize.
Belize takes pride in its breathtaking landscapes and landmarks, making them one of the unique wedding destinations on the list. For those who love ancient history, exchange your vows atop a Mayan Ruin, Xunantunich, and take in the view of all the greenery. Your destination wedding will be unforgettable in Belize.
The island of Curacao is located off the coast of Venezuela, in the southern Caribbean Sea, and is one of the most popular islands in the region. This island is known for its beautiful beaches, scuba diving excursions, and the presence of Dutch culture—which can be interesting to those who’ve never experienced Dutch culture.
However, if you decide to marry in Curacao, the best time to go is during the summer. Since the island is outside the hurricane belt, you won’t have to worry about heavy rains or storms. That said, avoid Curacao during the fall because that’s its heaviest rainy season.
Destin, Florida, is home to the most beautiful beach in the United States. It is known for its picture-perfect backdrops, white powdery sand, and pristine waters. Located in Florida’s panhandle, it’s often discarded or forgotten about. Destin has world-class golf courses, resorts, and rental properties perfect for housing small or large wedding parties and guests.
Once a spring break hotspot, Cancun, Mexico, has become the top spot for family fun and intimate weddings. Cancun is a world-class beach destination with gorgeous scenery for your wedding photos while offering plenty of activities and luxurious excursions for you and your wedding party.
However, if you plan to marry in Cancun, it’s always best to check the weather. The dry season spans from November to April; temperatures are typically in the high 80s and very humid. May to October is their rainy season and is also very humid. But don’t let those rainy days scare you away—the storms are quick.
Everyone knows Jamaica is home to the most beautiful cultures, high-vibration music, gorgeous beaches, and delicious foods—why not have your wedding here? Negril, Jamaica, is a relaxing and intimate setting for the special occasion, making this the perfect place for your destination wedding. Stop by the Negril Lighthouse to take romantic photos with your spouse and enjoy the breathtaking views of the beach.
We hope our list of the top five affordable beach wedding destinations helps you branch out and look into more unique wedding experiences. Planning a destination wedding doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can even plan something special for your destination guests with the leftover budget. Explore the different cultures, try new cuisines, and make unforgettable memories during your destination wedding.