As the average cost of a traditional wedding in the United States continues to rise, so does the percentage of couples who opt for a destination wedding. According to The Huffington Post, around 2 million Americans get married each year, and about 25% of those who do get hitched, do so outside of the United States. Costa Rica is one of the most popular locations based on affordability, the natural beauty of the country, and the ease of travel to get there.
It’s more than just the natural beauty of Costa Rica that draws star-crossed lovers to this tropical locale to say, “I do”. The cost of a wedding in Costa Rica is about 20% that of the cost of a traditional wedding in the United States. In 2012, TheKnot.com reported that the average cost of a wedding in the United States was about $28,500, while many couples who have been married in Costa Rica boast having finalized their budget at about $6,500 and some as low as $4,000.
There are countless locations for a wedding in Costa Rica, and among the most popular are the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, with white sand stretching for miles with warm, turquoise water illuminated by the setting sun. Another hot spot for weddings in Costa Rica is the still active Arenal Volcano. This massive volcano is surrounded by rolling green hills, providing a unique backdrop for a memorable wedding.
So, the costs are lower and the beauty is higher. Another benefit to a wedding in Costa Rica is the ease of travel to and from the country. If coming from the United States, there are 22 direct flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica daily. It may be hard for some smaller cities to find direct flights however, the majority of guests will be able to purchase a ticket for between $300 and $700 round trip, depending on the city. For those guests who are concerned with the cost of the plane ticket, peace of mind can be found in the presence of group airfare packages. Some airlines offer discounts for large groups flying together. American Airlines offers a 5% discount for groups of 10 or more people, so by planning ahead, can save money on travel expenses and make attending a destination wedding into a bargain vacation at the same time. Another popular trend for couples tying the knot abroad is to let guest know that attending the wedding is a gift in itself and to leave the waffle maker at home.
Of course the biggest benefit to a wedding in Costa Rica is the fact that the honeymoon begins before the wedding even takes place! No need to worry about leaving the reception early to catch an early morning flight. Having the wedding and honeymoon in the same place saves a lot of money and time and allows couples to splurge on the location. Do not be afraid to break with family tradition and do something different by having a destination wedding. A wedding should be special and memorable and that is why destination weddings in Costa Rica are growing every year.
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