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Best Cheap Destination Wedding Locations
Planning a wedding can leave you with sticker shock, especially if you and your spouse-to-be are hoping to throw a destination wedding. To help you plan a far-flung wedding celebration that doesn't break the bank, U.S. News editors scoured the globe for destinations that are not only affordable but also accessible and full of activities to keep you and your guests busy before and after the wedding. Vote for your favorite locations below to help decide next year's list.
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Martinique's idyllic white sands and year-round 80-degree temps woo couples who want to tie the knot on the beach. The island also offers a variety of budget-friendly lodging options. To score the lowest room rates, plan on getting married in May.
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If you and your future spouse desire a private, serene setting, then consider exchanging vows in Dominica. Although the island's restricted commercial development makes hotels limited and pricey, you and your guests can explore the island's lush jungles, gushing waterfalls and picturesque black-sand beaches for next to nothing.
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With its lively atmosphere, friendly locals and pristine beaches, Jamaica offers a cultural experience like no other Caribbean country. Couples will find dozens of all-inclusive resorts offering affordable wedding packages and outdoor activities for guests. Plus, many duos might even want to stay for their honeymoon.
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Consider it the best-kept secret in Central America. Affordable flights and hotels, plus a favorable exchange rate, make throwing the tropical wedding of your dreams in Costa Rica easier than you'd expect. And with activities that range from zip lining to simply lounging on the beach, your wedding party will love what the country has to offer.
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Tulum's Mayan ruins and prime position on the Riviera Maya make this destination a must for couples who want their wedding to feature unique cultural details and stunning water views. Plus, many Tulum properties can host weddings of varying sizes, from intimate beach ceremonies to grand ballroom receptions.
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For couples who want to say "I do" on powdery sands, the Mexican island of Cozumel can't be beat. This tropical paradise features a plethora of all-inclusive resorts, and many offer wedding packages, including unique options like underwater scuba wedding ceremonies.
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Situated outside the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane belt, Curaçao is perfect for couples who want to scuba dive and lounge on dreamy white-sand beaches without worrying about the weather. Average temps sit in the 80s all year, but to score deals on flights and accommodations, tie the knot between May and November.
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Puerto Vallarta's plethora of all-inclusive resorts make this Mexican locale a great option for budget-conscious couples. After exchanging vows by the ocean, you and your new spouse can commemorate your wedding with photos beneath Los Acros or in front of downtown's historic church.
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Trinidad and Tobago are idyllic for outdoor weddings. Nature lovers can tie the knot within Trinidad's lush forests, while Tobago's pristine sands are perfect for beach weddings. But these Caribbean islands only have a few hotels that host weddings, so be sure to make ceremony and reception arrangements well in advance.
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If you're seeking New England charm without the high price tags, travel to Newport for your destination wedding. This seaside retreat is home to romantic inns and reconfigured mansions perfect for intimate ceremonies and receptions. Avoid the peak summer season to secure the best deals on wedding packages.
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