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If you’ve ever planned a wedding — or have known a person who planned a wedding, or have known a person who knew a person who planned a wedding — you know that they don’t come cheap. There’s the flowers, the band, the dress, the menu; it may be the best day of your life but it also may be one of the most expensive, especially if you’re pining for a destination wedding on the sand. But don’t worry: We here at Oyster are all about “making it work” [Ed. note: Is Tim Gunn still a thing? We certainly hope so] and we’ve found four beach destinations that won’t empty your — or your guests’ — wallets. From Belize to Destin, you can have your cake (beachside) and afford it, too!

Beach Wedding Destination #1: Dominican Republic

This 16th-century cathedral in La Romano would be a beautiful spot for an intimate exhange of "I dos."

This 16th-century cathedral in La Romano would be a beautiful spot for an intimate exchange of "I dos."

The Dominican Republic almost always makes the list of affordable beach destinations. Not only is it relatively easy to get to — with direct flights leaving from the U.S. and Europe daily – but it is filled with all-inclusive resorts, many of which offer affordable package deals. Plus, conveniently for couples on a tight budget, wedding peak season falls largely during the D.R.’s off season, which means cheaper flights, cheaper room rates, and more tranquil hotel atmospheres for your big day. Sure, June through September can be very hot and humid, and hurricanes are a possibility in the later months, but c’mon, what’re the chances?!

Where to Stay: Now Larimar

The white sand beach at the Now Larimar provides the perfect setting for a casual wedding.

The white-sand beach at the Now Larimar provides the perfect setting for a casual wedding.

This all-inclusive property in Punta Cana has an upscale vibe while still offering affordable rates — one of the many reasons why it’s a popular choice for weddings, and hosts up to several a day. With a recently renovated spa and a dedicated wedding coordination team, the hotel offers three wedding packages, all of which include the help of the wedding planner, the bouquet, and the cake — and as we just got back from a recent visit to the resort, we can vouch for its tasty desserts! Check back at Oyster.com soon to see new photos of the Now Larimar, including more beautiful shots of the beach, pools, spa, and rooms!

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