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Destination Weddings: Are Destination Weddings Expensive?

Q.

We are considering an overseas wedding. Is the cost always astronomical, or is it possible to keep it more reasonable than in the States? Either way we want a small wedding.

A.

It just depends. Here's the deal: You could spend $10,000 on a wedding at home with a relatively small guest list, or you could spend $5,000 on an amazing trip to Greece, complete with a ceremony for two and a fantastic honeymoon cruise! On the other hand, you could have a tiny and inexpensive wedding at home, or choose a huge London ballroom and have the works. It all depends on how you choose to spend your money. So it's hard to generalize and say that overseas weddings are always more expensive than homegrown ones. Remember, too, that choosing to elope or to bring just a few close friends and family members with you is going to be less of a hassle than inviting 30 people from the States to stay in an Italian castle for your wedding. Then there's the question of whether you want to pay for your guests to attend or leave the cost up to them. At home or abroad, there are a million factors that affect how much a destination wedding will cost. If you're considering a wedding far away, pinpoint exactly what you'd like to do and where, then try to draw up a realistic budget. That's the best way to find out whether a destination wedding is right for you.

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