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Top destination wedding spots for Canadians and things to consider

Dreaming of a destination wedding? There are plenty of romantic spots you can get married without leaving the country. File photo

So you’re newly engaged and thinking of a destination wedding.

Experts say that option can be considerably cheaper for the bride and groom, since the guest list is usually much slimmer.

“The magic number tends to hover around 30 guests,” said Tara Soloway of Luxe Destination Weddings.

Excluding travel costs, which of course will differ based on the destination, she says there isn’t really an average price or rule of thumb to determine cost.

“For those on a strict budget, many hotels have wedding packages that include a basic wedding and reception in one of the hotel’s restaurants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

“But the level of sophistication in key destinations has now upped the ante for what can be done in destination. So it just depends on your wedding budget.”

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“Generally the most economical destination is Cuba, but great deals can be found in Dominican Republic and Mexico.”

The first step to planning a destination wedding is, of course, choosing a destination. The decision can be an overwhelming one.

So we asked travel expert Ann Layton to help you narrow it down. Here are her recommendations:

1. Romantic staycation

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