Are Destination Weddings Cheaper?

March 27, 2023

So you’re considering whether you should have a destination wedding or intimate elopement instead of a traditional wedding? First of all, congratulations on taking the next step and planning your dream wedding day! This is such an exciting chapter and I’m so glad you are here! There are many things to consider when deciding whether to have a destination wedding or an intimate elopement versus a traditional wedding. One of the most significant considerations is cost. What are you wanting or willing to spend on your wedding? A common question is ” are destination weddings cheaper?”. I’m here to tell you that a destination wedding or intimate elopement can certainly be cheaper than your traditional 300-guest wedding at your nearest venue! Let’s get down to the details, and go over the pros of planning a destination wedding or intimate elopement versus a traditional wedding!

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Are Destination Weddings Cheaper? Pros of Having a Destination Wedding!

A Dreamy Wedding Location

Have you ever dreamed of getting married on the beach in Mexico? In the lush valleys of South Africa’s wine country? Or maybe even on the edge of a Costa Rican volcano? (Talk about steamy! 🌋) Natural surrounding decor, beach, forest, a cabin in Montana, etc! Any of this is possible when you plan the destination wedding or elopement of your dreams. You can get married anywhere you want to! Check out these 32 Dreamy Destination Wedding Ideas by for some inspiration!

Included Honeymoon?!

Your honeymoon is TECHNICALLY included! Most resorts offer some sort of package that encourages you to have your wedding and honeymoon at the same resort by giving you all kinds of bonuses and discounts if you do! This is an awesome way to save money and enjoy a romantic getaway at the same time!

Group Discounts!

Plenty of destinations and resorts recognize the popularity of destination weddings and are eager to get in on a piece of the action. Because they need to keep up with the competition, most offer some sort of destination wedding package at a highly reasonable rate! You can absolutely plan the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Moreover, you and your guests can enjoy the beauty of the destination views while celebrating your special day!

You Can Spend More on Your Wedding Details!

If you plan to have a more intimate wedding or elopement and have fewer people attending, you can invest more in personal stationery or provide more practical/customized favors! Think more custom and personalized save the dates and wedding invites or better florals and centerpieces or even more personalized gifts for your guests. For example, custom champagne bottles!

Client Love

“Kim was absolutely amazing from start to finish for our wedding experience! She is so professional,
punctual, respectful, and the best of all – your HYPE GIRL and a leader on your wedding day. She was worth every penny, plus some. She will communicate with you every step of the way and help you navigate the most exciting (possibly stressful) day of your entire life. I never questioned booking with Kim because she always made us feel so comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Book with her – you will NOT regret it!”

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So Yes, Usually Destination Weddings are Cheaper!

So, did this make you want to start dreaming up your own intimate elopement or destination wedding? I hope it answered your question on “are destination weddings cheaper?” because you can save so much more in planning a destination wedding or elopement, and have a more intimate experience! Let’s start planning yours together! While I’m Indiana based, I LOVE to travel and capture destination weddings and elopements! I’m always down to hop on a flight and go on an adventure. You can learn more about me here, and if you think I’d be the perfect destination wedding photographer for you, then inquire with me here, because I can’t wait to capture your love story next!

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Kim Kaye Photography | Indiana Based Travel Wedding Photographer

Find some more destination wedding inspiration below!

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Are Destination Weddings Cheaper? - bride and groom portraits


ABOUT Kim kaye

Your destination wedding & intimate wedding photographer.

As you already know by now, my names Kim and no "Kim Kaye" is not a play on words for THE Kim K haha. Kim Kaye is legally my name 😉
I'm always down for popping a bottle of bubbly, traveling, making memories, laughing and never missing a sunset. I am SO excited you found me! You're probably wondering if I'm the wedding photographer for you, right? Well, I love to hear it because that promises me that you want a true connection with your photographer and I the same with my clients! 



Planning your day is a lot, let's be honest. Your wedding timeline is the key to having things flow freely throughout your day.
*hiring a planner is a huuuge benefit too* 
To help, I've created a timeline guide for you to use as a reference to get an idea on what you day will look like.