Why not make the most important day of your life also one of the best vacations you’ve ever had?


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Belize, Mexico

Does it seem your budget turns that dream of a beachfront wedding with the Caribbean sea as your backdrop into nothing more than a fantasy? Don’t give up hope. Have you discovered Belize? Popular resorts in the area quote rates as low as $1,000 for a simple bride and groom package, and can even accommodate up to 100 guests for less than $2,000.

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Sedona, Arizona

Arizona offers a rustic backdrop for your nuptials, and a deep orange sunset like you’ve never seen. With affordable, one of a kind venues like the Verde Canyon Railroad, flooded with rave reviews on all wedding forums, you begin to see the appeal of this unexpected destination. Planning a destination wedding is about finding what fits your personality, looks beautiful and will make your day even more special! Don’t fall for the cliches, stick to your style and love the results forever.

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Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida has everything you want in a Florida beach wedding (white sandy beaches, clear blue water, palm trees) without the South Beach price tag. For instance, The Emerald Grand at HarborWalk Village is a popular wedding spot in the area. Prices dip even lower in the off season so if you are really looking for a bargain, head that way after tourist season is over. The exterior is that of a true high-end resort, with a gorgeous view of the harbor that screams romance.

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Negril, Jamaica

The Seven Mile Beach, low room rates, the best seafood you’ve ever had…sound pretty appealing? Jamaica is your destination wedding heaven at a low cost. Affordable resorts aren’t uncommon, with the Rockhouse Hotel boasting rooms at 1/3 of the average prices, and limits itself to only 20 weddings per year. Public transport is simple, affordable and abundant, so you and your guests can go come and go as they please about town. The affordable price of accommodations makes up for the lack of international airport in Negril. Travelers have to land at Montego bay and shuttle over to Negril.

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O'ahu, Hawaii

Beautiful resorts may seem like they’re a dime a dozen in Hawaii…but which one will actually help you save a dime? There are several affordable options for the beach-bound couple where the scenery provides the atmosphere free of charge. The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is no exception, with gorgeous terrace ceremonies and indoor reception packages starting at around $1,000 for 4 hours. The nearby Hilton Waikiki Beach can be more pricey but offers many location options within the resort. They also are willing to negotiate rental fees in the way of meeting food and drink minimums.

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Waitsfield, Vermont

Vermont has long since lost its status as a “well-kept secret,” for engaged couples looking to travel. Lucky for you, it doesn’t mean you have to max out your credit cards. Vermont also happens to be top spot for to-die-for barn and farm weddings. Vermont State Parks offer several affordable venues, as they do at a nearby Fine Arts College, and more.

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Lake Tahoe, California

Looking for a Rustic Alpine lodge style venue that is also budget friendly? That’s going to be tough, but not impossible. Remember to focus your search, because Lake Tahoe has several venues with price tags in the tens-of-thousands range. Lucky for you, when you’re in a place as beautiful as Lake Tahoe, you don’t have to opt for the Ritz Carlton grand ballroom, because the attraction is natural beauty, and that my friend is free of charge.

Lake Tahoe venues range from beaches to mountain tops, to gorgeous lake overlooks. The Olympic Village Inn is a great option for locals or out-of-towners. The gorgeous scenery provides you with a luxurious setting that will save money on expensive decorations. Not too shabby for arguably the most beautiful lake backdrop a wedding can have. It also makes for breathtaking photos that last a lifetime.

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The Dominican Republic

While flights to the Dominican Republic can be pricey, the accommodations, food, and activities average a much lower price than alternatives. Now Larimar in Punta Cana manages to balance luxury with affordability. The upscale atmosphere enhanced by its dedicated wedding coordination team gives you the confidence to relax and enjoy your day.

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Park City, Midway, Salt Lake City all have to-die-for scenic views will serve as the backdrop for your ceremony, photos, and memories. Johnson Mill, a bed and breakfast in Midway, Utah is an affordable venue that seems to have it all. Whether it’s just you and your betrothed or you are bringing the whole family, there are venues in these quaint Utah cities that meet your needs, without hurting your budget.

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North Carolina

If you are interested in having a beachfront experience near the North Carolina topography, then the Shell Island Resort at Wrightsville resort is a past Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice winner and is reasonably priced despite North Carolina’s recent rise the ranks as one of the top spots for a destination wedding. If you are more interested in lush foliage and Carolina mountains, consider Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center. This large capacity waterfront property offers lodging, picturesque views, lush meadows and indoor shelter.