Tips & Fun

Splurge vs. Save – How to Decide

Weddings need not break the bank, especially if you’re jetting off to your version of paradise to say “I do!” It’s all about knowing when to save and when to splurge. So, if you’re struggling to set a budget on certain details and vendors, keep these considerations in mind…



Many couples are choosing to send e-save-the-dates as well as invitations to their guests rather than spending half of their budget on paper and postage. Being environmentally friendly is a plus, too!

Savings Tip

Your wedding website can hold all of the important information you’d be sending via snail mail, and has unlimited space for as many details as you need to include!

Wedding Party Gifts 

When it comes to showing gratitude toward your bridesmaids and groomsmen, it’s the thought that counts. Go for a gift that is useful or holds some sentimental value; there’s no need to break the bank!

Savings Tip

Try your hand at a fun DIY project (Pinterest has thousands of unique ideas!). This will add an extra personal touch to your gift, all while being budget friendly.


The cheaper you can purchase your airfare, the better, Those few hours of luxury you sacrifice on the plane will result in significant savings, which can be used to splurge on something more meaningful throughout your stay.

Savings Tip

Book at the right time. Look for discounts during the week. Besides, there’s always a chance for a lucky, last-minute upgrade to first-class for the wedding couple!

Ceremony Decor

Remember, you’re getting married surrounded by a beautiful landscape in an exotic locale. A lot of times with destination weddings, the natural element speak for themselves! Cut back on extravagant decorations and keep it simple.

Savings Tip

If you can’t help yourself by fluffing up your ceremony site a little bit, stick with locally-sourced decor, such as wildflowers native to your locale.



You and your guests will make memories to last a lifetime at your wedding venue, so it’s worth your while to splurge on a high-quality resort with excellent ratings.

Planning Tip

Take advantage of working with one of our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists, whose expertise often include traveling to several of the resorts you may be choosing from.


This one may seem obvious, but we would have to recommend making your photographer a top priority in your budget. Aside from your everlasting memories, make sure these images capture your celebration to look back on for years to come.

Planning Tip

Get a hold of the resort’s preferred vendor list for a local option. Or, go the extra mile and fly in your favorite photographer from the States.

Room Upgrade (or Honeymoon Suite)

For some couples, adding a bit of royal treatment to their stay is money well spent, and we’d have to agree. If your idea of romance and relaxation includes a top-shelf mini bar and in-room Jacuzzi, an upgraded suite is definitely worth it.

Planning Tip

Check in with your Specialist on what honeymoon packages are available at the resort. Chances are, there’s an upgrade that you won’t want to miss!


If you crave adventure, you’ll definitely want to spring for whatever exciting expeditions are available around you. The memories you make during these activities will last a lifetime, and in some ways, be priceless.

Planning Tip

Be sure to plan a group excursion for your friends and family to enjoy with you, but also book a couple’s excursion for some alone time and newlywed bliss!

For more wedding advice and ideas, check out our latest Voyage digital magazine!

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