We’re not breaking any news when we say that weddings can be expensive, but a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to paying the bill. You deserve nothing less than a spectacular wedding and with these seven tips, you can keep your standards high, without paying top dollar for your special day.
Your Wedding Date
The biggest driver of cost when purchasing anything is supply and demand. You’ll often find in the summer time that the cost of oil goes up because consumers are buying more fuel for travel. The same basic rules of economics apply to your wedding venue and some of the other expenses associated with your big day. By scheduling your wedding during an off-peak time you are likely to get a better rate on your venue because there aren’t a line of brides knocking down the doors to book the space. While a winter wedding may not appeal to some, you can have fun with it by scheduling it on New Years Eve or some other day during the holidays when you know loved ones will already be in town.
If you’re not really interested in strapping snow boots on under your wedding gown, stick to a date that is more seasonable, but ditch the Saturday tradition. With most weddings taking place on a Saturday, you can expect a harder time booking venues on that day, and you will pay more. Consider having your wedding on a Friday night or a Sunday to bring the cost down. With most people going back to work on Monday, it may come as an added bonus that you have a smaller bar bill when having your wedding on a Sunday.
Food & Beverages
Schedule your wedding so that the reception is a lunch. You can enjoy a lighter fare that is just as tasty, but the meal won’t cost as much. Make it an opportunity to go out on the town with your wedding party after the reception or invite everyone to join you. While this may be a little less conventional, it can put a unique spin on your wedding and it will be just as much fun if not more.
One of your bigger expenses when it comes to your reception will be the beverages. You want everyone to have a great time at your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for a full bar. Opt to pay for just the beer, wine and champagne for the toast, but make the liquor a cash-bar, if you choose to have it at all. You can also save by purchasing one or two kegs as opposed to buying bottles of beer, it is less expensive per drink and less of a mess to clean up once your guests have gone home.
One of the most important pieces of a wedding are the flowers that symbolize your love and will fill the reception hall with intriguing aromas. This can be another significant expense, but you can cut down on what you spend by making your own centerpieces. This might take a little more creativity and it will definitely take some time, but you can get some great ideas from Pinterest and then add your personal touch. It may not be worth the extra hassle, but if you’re budget conscious you might be able to save a few hundred dollars here.
Another great way to save on the flower expense is to choose local and seasonal flowers. It’s a great way to highlight the season you’re marrying in and you can rest assured that you aren’t paying for the added cost of shipping the flowers half way around the world. If you’re in the dead of winter and this isn’t really an option, be sure to ask your florist for flowers that might come at a lower cost because of their seasonality or proximity to your region.
Invitations and Favors
You might find it challenging enough to just come up with your guest list, but if you’re looking to cut costs, making your own invitations and favors can be both fun and a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones in advance of your big day. Invite your close family or your bridal party for a special afternoon when everyone gets to be creative and can have a bigger part in this important part of your life. It will be a memorable experience and the personal touch will be sure resonate with your guests. This is another example of when scouring Pinterest may lend some unique ideas.
When it comes to the memories that you will want to preserve from your special day – doing it yourself can be a disaster. Just because your cousin has a nice camera, doesn’t mean he’ll capture some of your most important moments the way you would have wanted. After all, you’ve only got one shot to get it right. Hiring a professional photographer will be a decision you won’t regret when you share the images with your friends and family or when your kids and grand kids are going through your wedding album years down the road. If you’re planning your wedding now, we would love the opportunity to discuss how we can capture your memories. We have wedding photography packages to fit every budget.
You don’t have to sacrifice the awe of your guests or the grandeur that you deserve and you don’t have for fork over half of your life savings to pay for a wedding either. These are just a few ideas that will ensure you create memories, have a beautiful wedding, but don’t break the bank. For more tips on saving money on your wedding check out the links below and stay tuned as we ramp up for wedding season. We have a lot more in store for you.