How to avoid breaking the bank for a destination wedding in Greece
Set a realistic wedding budget
As soon as you have decided upon a specific destination in Greece for your wedding, it is time to start setting your budget. Starting early is crucial as the budget will influence a lot of significant decisions and little details. Determine how much you can spend and how much you have already saved. By having a destination wedding, you’ve already saved some money as with great group rates, special deals and a little help from an expert wedding planner in Greece, there is no reason to sacrifice a fortune for your dream destination wedding.
Prioritize your spending
Figure out what’s most important to you and put your money toward making the key details spectacular. Focus on what you absolutely need or desire and decide what’s not that significant; for example, you may not need impressive centerpieces, elaborate favors or a formal full-course dinner.
Timing is important
If you have your heart set on a destination that is much pricier than you’d like, schedule your wedding for the off-season. For example, airfares and hotel rates are at their highest in Greece from June to August, but both are discounted in May and September. Tying the knot out of the peak wedding months (aka in summer) can help you save a lot. Especially if you are focusing on a popular wedding destination as Santorini, Mykonos or Athens Riviera, you should consider booking at least 10-12 months in advance.
Saturday nights also carry a hefty price tag since Saturday is the most common day for weddings in Greece. Some vendors offer discounts for off-peak days – as weekdays from Monday to Thursday. Plus, you should know that while weddings on special days like Valentine’s Day might not influence your travel budget, the price of flowers or special decorative items may go up because of the high demand on those days.
Announce it but keep it simple
Don’t splash out on expensive save-the-date cards and wedding invitations. Bear in mind that top-quality paper, fancy typography techniques and custom-colored inks increase the price; choose one fabulous element and keep all the rest simple.
Find a local wedding planner
While it’s always possible to make all the arrangements yourself, a professional wedding planner in Greece can save you a lot of time and, in the end, may even end up saving you a lot of cash, too. Wedding planners who specialize in the country where you are going to tie the knot have useful insight into the best hotels, deals and budget-saving options. Read here more about our wedding planning team.
Say yes to less décor
As the saying goes “Less is more!” so find a ceremony venue that speaks for itself. So many venues in Greece really require little to no additional décor. The beauty and diversity of the Greek landscape form the most romantic backdrop to celebrate your love both with a ceremony and an unforgettable reception; that’s why couples flock here in droves to find the perfect venue to celebrate their nuptials and create memories that will last a lifetime. Plus, bear in mind that spouses-to-be should always design around local elements, not over them. For example, a beach-themed wedding gives you an excellent opportunity to have a fairy-tale setting just with some shells, driftwood and cheap, soft fabrics. Now, when it comes to reception décor, put your money where guests are really going to appreciate it. For example, if you are planning a casual, fun party instead of a formal dinner, don’t splash out on expensive table centerpieces.
Keep calm… and local
Definitely, do your “flower and food homework” to help cut wedding costs. Use local florists and prefer non-expensive blooms, like carnations or daisies; OK, of course, you can opt for a more expensive flower for the bride’s bouquet! Likewise, using local ingredients for the wedding menu can help you save a lot. Just discuss your wedding vision with our wedding experts and we will work hard just for you and your loved one.
Reduce transportation cost
Many venues in Greece are incredibly convenient with spaces for both the ceremony and reception. A venue that can do double-duty will not only save you on venue fees, but it will also help you cut costs on transportation.
Consider the buffet option
The most expected and memorable part of a wedding for most guests is usually the menu. However, it doesn’t have to decimate your bank account; just choose the buffet-style – it is usually more cost-effective than formal, sit-down service.
Say no to the open bar option
You certainly don’t need to provide an insane amount of alcohol if it’s going to sink your budget. Just go for wine and beer; you may also have a signature cocktail.
Pick inexpensive favors
Favors are a great way to show your appreciation to the people who will celebrate your big day with you in Greece but they shouldn’t break the bank! A local, edible delicacy or a sun hat for a summertime wedding can be cheap items which will be a lovely reminder of your special day.
The stricter the parameters you put on your wedding generally (e.g. the flowers must be only roses and orchids, the menu has to have special fish or seafood and so on), the fewer chances you have to find good deals. Flexibility is really important. In any case, the right wedding planner in Greece knows how to get the best value for your money, so even if you have a certain budget, you are still going to get a spectacular day. Whether you have dreamt of an intimate gathering or a spectacular grand party (that won’t cost an arm and a leg!), we can tailor everything in a wedding to meet your special requirements.
Get in touch with us and start planning your destination wedding in Greece.