5 Budget-friendly Outdoor Wedding Destinations

by Mariam Simmons
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Choosing a wedding venue is the most challenging part of planning a wedding. It isn’t only the place to celebrate your special occasion, but the venue also sets the mood and atmosphere of your event. More and more couples are leaning towards outdoor locations. However, one concern that often comes to mind is the budget. Thankfully, there are so very many budget-friendly outdoor wedding destinations out there. Check out some of the most popular picks.

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If you dream of a Caribbean wedding but you don’t have the fortune to spend, Aruba is the perfect place.

This stunning island boasts a National Park, a collection of beaches, European-inspired architecture, and affordable resorts that host unforgettable weddings.

You have a choice to be wed at a world-class resort, in a charming boutique hotel, or a beachfront location with sparkling water as your ceremony backdrop. You can decorate your venue with flowers, lightweight curtains and modern rugs to create a romantic atmosphere.

Aruba has perfect weather year-round where you get to invite some adorable pink guests, the flamingos!

Getting married in Aruba can cost you only $10,000 or less, including the honeymoon. Prices can vary depending on many factors, including the size of your guest list and the time of year.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is loved for its breathtaking views and tropical temperatures that are ideal for beach weddings.

Having such a perfect natural background and mesmerizing ocean scenery, this place calls for no decorations which are perfect for budget weddings.

There are many beaches in Punta Cana that are great for weddings, such as Isla Catana, Macao Beach, and Bavaro Beach.

Isla Catalina is a protected Natural Park that offers beautiful white sandy beaches while Macao Beach is known for its amazing views and wonderful waves that are perfect for surfing and other water activities.

However, if you prefer a stunning and romantic beach, Bavaro Beach is a great choice. You will be in love with the turquoise blue sea that serves as the perfect backdrop while you say your “I dos”.

Punta Cana has several options for couples, such as a private villa, resort-style, or off-resort wedding. The average price of an all-inclusive wedding in Cana is between $3,000 and $5,000 at a five-star resort.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its incredible national parks. It’s also one of the best places for discovering wildlife, sea turtles, and adorable sloths.

Located in Tamarindo, this world-class beach setting is one of the most sought-after wedding locations in Costa Rica.

Tamarindo is a prime spot for surfing, diving, and sportfishing, no wonder why it has developed into one of the most popular destinations in the country.

The Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo offers timeless elegance for couples who want a beachfront wedding. You will be in awe of the rustic driftwood lounge chairs, the majestic ocean view, and fresh gourmet dishes.

The beach club has varying rates for different wedding styles and sizes, but the average ceremony cost in Costa Rica is around $5,000.

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New South Wales, Australia

Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world. While not all are inexpensive, you’ll certainly find budget-friendly locations that are perfect for intimate weddings.

One of which is Headlands. Headlands is a stunning oceanfront view that’s located on the south coast of New South Wales, just an hour away from Sydney.

This beautiful location is surrounded by stunning beaches and parkland, creating a perfect gram-worthy backdrop for your wedding.

There’s also an abundance of ceremony locations near the reception space. The beachfront hotel can accommodate both intimate and big-scale weddings.

For that perfect “beach wedding” look, choose a minimalist dress with gorgeous but simple accessories. For an elegant wedding ring, you can refer to Perth jewelers in Australia to create a custom ring for your taste.

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Mexico makes another excellent option for low-budget outdoor wedding destinations. The average cost of a destination wedding in the country is around $8,000.

One of the best venues for weddings in Mexico is the Melia Puerto Vallarta. It is also listed as one of the top 10 destinations in the country.

Surrounded by the stunning  Bay of Banderas, the resort features eco-friendly green areas, pristine white sand, turquoise ocean waters, and a picturesque rock jetty and gazebo.

The resort can accommodate up to 400 guests, and they have indoor and outdoor ceremony receptions to choose from.

Your Pick of  Budget-friendly Outdoor Wedding Destinations

With most couples spending $20,000 for close-to-home weddings, destination weddings are becoming more common. These are just some of the many beautiful destinations that are sure to provide you with a wonderful and unforgettable event without blowing your budget.

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