Setting and keeping your wedding budget can seem like mission impossible but it doesn’t have to be. Between wedding flowers, catering, photography and almost every wedding category there are many money saving tips that you can follow. Here is a list of 12 insanely easy ways to save on your wedding budget.
1. Guest List
Cutting the guest list will make the biggest impact on your budget. This will slash your catering costs and save on invitations and even the number of centerpieces.
2. Wedding Style
The less formal the affair, the more affordable. Instead of a sit-down dinner, go for a casual brunch or barbeque.
3. Wedding Invitations
Keep the wedding invitations simple. Remember, top-quality paper and custom-colored inks increase the price, as do decorative envelope linings and multiple enclosures. Check out 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Stationery Designer.
4. Wedding Favors
Many couples are opting out of the traditional wedding favors for alternate and more affordable options. You could make your cake, specialty soda pop, or candy bar as your favor that your guests will love.
5. The Dress
Opting for a classic gown without an embellishments or lace can reduce the cost of your gown significantly. Then use accessories to dress up your dress and get the look you are after. Have started your hunt for the perfect gown? Check out our 10 Things You Need To Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping.
6. Wedding Flowers
Swap an expensive flower for a less expensive one. Even little substitutions add up: If you exchange peonies for more reasonably priced and equally as beautiful alternatives in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you’ll save HUGE. Another way to save on flowers is to use more greenery than flowers or include non-florals like lanterns.
7. Wedding Ceremony
Exchange vows in a naturally beautiful place. Pick a public park, a lakeside home, or an already ornate church so you don’t have to spend anything on decorations.
8. Reception Site
Skip the at-home wedding. You may think you’ll be saving money by having your wedding at home, but that’s not always the case. Between tents, chairs, catering, and portable toilets, home weddings are more stressful and will be more costly than a full-service venue. For big reception site savings skip Saturdays and think off-peak season. Your reception site rental is one of the biggest expenses you will have. The good news? We have a list of wedding venue hidden costs with our post, Don’t Book Your Wedding Venue Until You Know The Hidden Costs.
9. Wedding Food
Reduce the number of overall dinner courses and keep your menu simple. Better yet, skip the main course and opt for apps and drinks. A big trend is to serve comfort food like BBQ chicken, mac and cheese or even burgers. It’s fun and often a cheaper option.
10. Wedding Cake
Order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want and, in the kitchen, have several sheet cakes of the same flavor cut for your guests. Stay away from tiers and time-consuming handmade sugar flowers. Or you can even skip the traditional wedding cake altogether and go with a wedding cake alternative. Cupcakes, macarons, even pies- the options are plenty!
Want to know my biggest wedding cake money saving secret? Have your cake created by your local grocer. I found a beautiful cake on Pinterest and consulted with my local grocery store to see if they could make the cake for us. It turned out to be a beautiful(and delicious!) cake and no one would have known that we paid so little for it.
11. Reception Music
Seek out high school or university music students to play your ceremony and reception music. They may not be a professional band but if carefully selected you could hit the talent jackpot at a huge discount.
Alternatively, opt for a DJ. The best DJs and bands are in highest demand on Saturday nights, so try Friday or Sunday for a slightly discounted rate.
12. Wedding Photos
Hire your photographer for the ceremony plus a limited amount of hours at the reception. Select a package carefully –ensuring that you know exactly what extras are or aren’t included.
So tell me- what other cost saving ideas can you share? Is there anything specific that you are doing or have done to slash the costs? Comment below!
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