Merrill Lynch Interview: Does a Destination Wedding Save Money?

Does a destination wedding cost less than a traditional wedding?

For many couples, the topic comes up almost before the engagement photos are posted on Instagram: Will a destination wedding cost less than getting married where you or your families live? Recently, the editors of Merrill Lynch’s online site interviewed me on the subject, which is apparently of interest even to couples with very deep pockets, or who […] Read more »

European destination weddings just got more affordable

The euro is down, and weddings at Ashford Castle just got more affordable

  Couples who’ve dreamed of marrying in Tuscan villa, a Provencal vineyard, or a Greek village have reason to rejoice. The euro recently fell to below $1.20 against the U.S. dollar—its lowest in over nine years. And experts predict that the euro’s value will continue to dip for many months to come. That means U.S. couples […] Read more »

The McCormick Scottsdale: Arizona’s most surprising wedding bargain

Lakeside wedding at The McCormick Scottsdale

You wouldn’t think that a smart-looking hotel set in Scottsdale’s most prestigious neighborhood would be within the reach of real-people wedding budgets. But during a recent visit to The McCormick Scottsdale, we were delighted to discover what might be the best bridal bargain in the state. We’ll get right to the details. For the ceremony, the lakeside […] Read more »

California wedding find—hip spaces, down-to-earth prices

Sunset at the pool, Spring Hill Suites in Oceanside, CA

If you’re working with a tiny budget, a destination wedding can sound like an impossible dream. Not necessarily. Consider the new SpringHill Suites Marriott San Diego Oceanside, a wedding-friendly SoCal retreat a block from the San Diego beach. Though some features are standard-issue, the hotel boasts several solid wedding amenities. There’s a rooftop pool for your […] Read more »

5 Money-Saving Ideas for a Destination Wedding

piggy bank and wedding rings

The main reason destination weddings tend to cost less than traditional weddings? Fewer guests. When you’re treating 30 people to a day (or even a weekend) of merriment, instead of paying for drinks, dinner, dancing, and valet parking for 300, you’re naturally going to save some bucks. Here are five other ways to keep costs […] Read more »

Beautiful Colorado destination weddings on a budget

Outside view dining hall Chautagua Colorado

  Never mind what they’re smoking in Colorado these days.  If you’re planning a destination wedding, the state’s real Rocky Mountain high is a location that combines charm, history and stunning vistas with wallet-friendly prices. We’re talking about Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder that has been a meeting place for all manner of cultural celebrations […] Read more »

Hawaii Destination Weddings on a Budget

Seaside pool at Kauai Shores

Getting married in Hawaii sounds like it would take mega-bucks and months of planning. And if you’re focusing on five-star resorts with a celeb clientele, you’d be right. But the truth is that there are scores of island hotels that cater to regular folks, too, and one of them—Kauai Shores, the recently renamed and refurbished Kauai Sands—is […] Read more »

The Riviera Maya’s insanely affordable destination wedding resort. With dolphins.

Occidental Grand Xcaret wedding—one of the Caribbean's best bargains

Destination weddings may sound expensive and exclusive, but we just learned of an insanely good deal at the Occidental Grand Xcaret, a vast all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya–south of Cancun on the country’s Caribbean coast. Their most basic package, called Simple Love, includes the planning services of a coordinator, setup for a small ceremony […] Read more »

Military Wedding Discounts at Bolongo Bay, in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Bolongo Bay military wedding by Oliver White, Dow Studios, V.I.

If you (or your intended) are an active duty service member, you can live the dream of a wedding on a tropical beach for an amazing price. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is offering its Barefoot on the Beach and Paradise Wedding packages at 50 percent off for […] Read more »

DIY wedding ideas from Alison Caporimo’s new book, InstaCraft

Clothesline Display from InstaCraft

The idea of DIY wedding projects is so appealing—you put your personal stamp on the day and save money at the same time. But few of us have the talent, time, or energy to devote to the folding 100 origami cranes or letterpressing our own invitations. So we were thrilled when Alison Caporimo, author of […] Read more »