Time: Plan you travel time wisely. Be aware of major events taking place at your wedding destination. Think music festivals, sporting events etc. Anything that might drive up the price and reduce the availability of accommodation. Also be aware of local holidays. Every city and town can surprise you with a statutory holiday leaving banks, venues, and restaurants closed. Also, get married on a week day. You will have more options for short notice vendors and won’t pay weekend premiums.
Season: Travel in the off season for your location. You will save on flights and accommodation. You also won’t be fighting for space with as many tourists. We were able to comfortably stroll through the streets of Sorrento in October without walking into too many selfie sticks. It is not a bad idea to avoid typical wedding months either (think June to September). Anything wedding-related has the potential for mark-up at these times.
Locations: Want European charm and aesthetics but don’t have the time or funds? Check out Montreal or New Orleans. Want a natural mountainous/ forest backdrop? Banff, British Columbia, Oregon and Utah are divine. There are unlimited possibilities a drive or quick flight away, you just have to be creative and look. And if you already live in Europe, South America, Australia etc. well you have some pretty unlimited choices, but please come visit us here in North America too!
Cash: Many hotels/B&Bs, vendors and officiants prefer to be paid in cash to avoid service fees and are willing to drop prices to avoid them. Paying cash can save you big time. Be mindful of carrying large amounts of cash with you, though, and be safe about it. Also remember there is maximum amounts of cash that can be withdrawn daily and weekly (usually $500/day and $1500/week). So, depending on how much you are spending and how many days you have to visit the ATM, you may need to start this process early.
Finally, stick to your budget. It is not very romantic to worry about money but it’s for your benefit in the long run. Set your absolute maximum budget and then make your plans to about 80-85% of that number. Things always come up and you don’t want to be blindsided with an unexpected cost so give yourself a little emergency room.
Do you have any tips for saving while traveling or eloping you think could help someone out? Let us know!