Money Saving Wedding Tips
You want your wedding to be perfect, of course. Despite what you may believe you can have a great wedding and still live within your budget. You don’t have to break the bank to have a spectacular wedding.
Here are some simple money saving wedding tips and suggestions that you might consider when setting and managing your budget:
Choosing Your Date - Consider the date and time of the wedding. The cost of the exact same site can vary greatly so choosing the right month can significantly reduce costs. Certain sites have peak months, days, and times in which their rates will be more. At some sites, Thursday night weddings or the Sunday before a holiday can dramatically reduce the price tag. There are certain peak times for locations so choosing a time that is off-season can drastically reduce costs.
Look for Free Décor - Choose a place that has natural beauty such as mountain top views, rivers and lakes, decks and sunsets. Take advantage of decorations already provided. Many sites already decorate for Christmas and leave it up through the New Year making this a great time to have a wedding because you don’t have to add any flowers.
Choosing a Dress - Be smart when buying your dress. Opt for a dress that is embellished with glass beads instead of crystals. Also, if you are able to pay cash for your gown you can often get up to 20% on the price.
Decrease the size of your bridal party - Even though most attendants pay for their own gown or tux, the bride and groom are still responsible for gifts, rehearsal dinner costs, and bouquets and boutonnières.
Rehearsal Dinner – Be creative and find an interesting way to have a special time together without spending lots of money. Your money is better spent on the wedding and reception as this is what your guests will remember. Have a BBQ or order pizzas delivered to a favorite place or somewhere that has meaning to you and your friends. Go to the place (or somewhere similar) to where you had your first date or had your first kiss.
Review Drink Options – Meet with your wedding planner or the event planner where you’re having your reception and ask them for help in managing costs for drinks. Alcohol can be costly and there are several good strategies that can help manage these costs such as serving house alcohol instead of top shelf, serving beer and wine instead of mixed drinks. You can also offer a cash bar or provide drink “tickets” to guests that allow for one free drink and then they pay for the rest if the site will provide the services. Of course, another option is to eliminate alcoholic drinks altogether or ask if you can bring your own.
Revisit the menu - Perhaps plan to offer a nice spread of “heavy” hors d oeuvres instead of a full course meal. If planning a sit down meal, minimize the options guests have or choose a customized pasta bar that will be less expensive then meat entrees.
Flower saving tips - If you know someone that can do your flowers, consider buying wholesale and let the put the flowers together. If you choose to use a florist, put the majority of your flower budget into arrangements that are most noticeable such as your bouquet and centerpieces.
Set and Keep to Your Budget - The most important thing to do is set the budget before you begin the planning. Once you have the budget you have to stick with it. Try to stay within your budget by reworking various aspects of the ceremony when necessary. This will ensure that you aren’t dealing with unexpected bills and debt once you return from your honeymoon.
Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like us to help you plan your special wedding day.