Planning to tie the knot in Costa Rica? This ecotourism hotspot has garnered attention as one of the world’s most popular spots for a destination wedding among American couples – and for good reason! What savvy bride-to-be wouldn’t want to take advantage of Costa Rica’s impressive selection of wedding venues, catering and events planning staff and mind-blowing scenery? But a wedding in Costa Rica doesn’t have to wipe out your savings… on the contrary, it’s one of the most budget-friendly places to take your vows and enjoy a spectacular honeymoon – not to mention amaze your adventure-loving wedding guests. But for those looking to save a bit more cash, we offer the following tips for cutting expenses on your fabulous destination wedding abroad.
Choosing the right venue for your wedding abroad
Costa Rica wedding venue reviews are a great insight as to the quality of services and real-life experiences of past guests. Whether you envision a romantic beach ceremony on the shores of Manuel Antonio, or a luxe gala at an all-inclusive resort, if your final decision is based on cost, consider the bill just for hotel rooms alone. For personalized service, luxurious ambiance and reasonable rates, a Costa Rica wedding villa may be more cost effective in the long run. Accommodating up to 100 guests, the 12,000 square-foot Casa Fantastica is a Manuel Antonio wedding legend – offering unrivaled views, elegant architectural details and eight bedrooms that can sleep up to 22 people.
Get “married” beforehand at your local courthouse
Want to avoid the hassle and financial headache of legal paperwork for your destination wedding? Although Costa Rica has made huge strides in this respect (an attorney and translator can help you validate your matrimony back in the States), a marriage license attained at your local courthouse may be the ticket. In most states this will only cost around $75 versus the $300+ you’d spend on getting your Costa Rica marriage certificate validated after the fact.
Get a friend or relative to take your wedding photos
Your wedding album should capture the most intimate moments of your ceremony and reception, but professional photographer fees can really add up! If you have a friend or family member whom you trust behind the lens – perhaps an aspiring photographer — why not see if they’d be available for a nominal cost. Be sure to give advice on your “must have” photos, along with plenty of inspirational pics from Pinterest boards and wedding blogs. Software like Photoshop and free online editing tools are extremely useful for cropping and tweaking your favorite images.
Let the surroundings speak for themselves
When you’ve booked a destination wedding in Costa Rica, let the surroundings work their magic. The weather is perfect, the backdrop stunning, and your guests are thrilled with the exotic wildlife. It won’t matter if pricey champagne isn’t served, or your reception dinner wasn’t a culinary tour-de-force. What your guests and your fiancé will remember most are the feelings of happiness and joy shared by everyone – and the amazing natural beauty of Costa Rica.