If you’ve always imagined a destination wedding but your budget just doesn’t agree with you, don’t fret. You can still throw the destination wedding of your dreams by choosing a domestic vs. an overseas venue. Miami, Florida, makes the perfect destination for the happy couple and all the guests, right on the shores of the glimmering Atlantic Ocean home to spicy salsa dancing and hot sandy beaches. Miami beach wedding receptions are more affordable than you may have thought.

Miami is Hot for Weddings

Having your destination wedding ceremony and reception in the same spot right on the beach gives you more options and time than if you were to have a separate church and reception event. There is virtually no travel involved, no battling traffic to get from place to place, and best of all, you get more time to enjoy each other and your guests. You’ll need a marriage license before you get hitched, which will run you about $93, according to Bridal Guide. If you already live in Miami or even traveling to your destination wedding in Miami, it’s still just a small price to pay compared with the cost of traveling by plane to another country to get married.

Saving Cash

By opting for a destination wedding in Miami over overseas ceremonies, you’re saving yourself — and your guests — a ton of money in airfare (assuming they all live within driving distance of your venue), lodging and time away from work. With average airfare prices as of 2014 to Aruba at $600 and even more to Rome, Italy, at $1,400 per person, you’re looking at a pretty costly forced vacation for your guests. If you want to see more “yes” checks on your RSVPs than “no’s”, consider a domestic destination wedding in Miami instead, where guests can drive to the reception and even those who have to fly will only spend a few hundred to get there. By having a domestic destination wedding, you also have more room to play with the dates. Holding your wedding on a Friday or Sunday will save you big bucks, with many venues charging 50 percent less than if you were to have it on the most popular day, Saturday, says Money Crashers. In addition, having your destination wedding ceremony and reception in one place means you don’t have to shell out cash for two separate location fees. Save even more money by having your ceremony and a brunch reception in the morning rather than in the evening. You’ll still have plenty of time to dance the afternoon away and no one feels rushed to leave. Bonus on a destination wedding in Miami: you don’t even have to pay for a big expensive honeymoon — you’re already there!

For information about the city of Miami and hotel accommodations for both you and your destination wedding guests, please contact a representative of the Doubletree Oceanpoint Resort and Spa, one of Miami’s most spacious beachfront hotels, at 866-623-2678.