Saving on Your Wedding Day
Are you panicking about the cost of your big day? Do you have a vision in mind but don’t want to break the bank doing it? While the average American wedding costs more than $20,000 you don’t have to fall into this money trap as well! Here are 8 tips to help you lower the cost of your dream day.
Cut the Planning Timeline
The longer you have the more you rethink, reconsider, change and redo your event. These changes cost money over a span of time. Some vendors charge for changes outside of their percentage rate, sometimes spending and not liking something causes you to spend more, friends may come and go resulting in higher food costs with less people. While you should have ample time to plan, realistically you don’t need more than 6 months to plan a wedding. That is the bare minimum to feel content and not rushed while building the event you want.
Consider the Time
Many venues have off seasons during the year when many couples don’t get married. Because of this venues offer lower prices trying to bring in more clients. This same rule applies to the week. Saturday is usually the busiest for weddings so try aiming for a Friday night or Sunday reception. These off dates and times also allow you more negotiation and helps your attendance since guests won’t be trying to figure out who’s wedding to attend and who’s they will be missing.
Saving on Your Dress
Look for store, designer and sample sales in your area. If you are of an average build and even if you’re not trying to find these money saving opportunities that can save you big in the long run. Even if you have to travel a bit to find one of these special sales and your choices may not be as broad you can always have your amazing finds altered to fit and still come out cheaper than paying full price for a designer gown in your area.
Avoid Food Traditions
Many opt for a buffet meal believing this will be cheaper than a plated meal but this is not always the case. Buffets allow for guests to help themselves and in doing so there is no portion control and thus you have to order more to compensate. Instead of going with a buffet or sit down meal try hosting a cocktail reception with heavy appetizers, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink options and of course the cake. If you are looking for something less formal try a potluck reception. If choosing a pot luck be sure to allow more time between ceremony and reception for guests to grab food or portions of their meal they may not have had a chance to bring with them because of the length of the ceremony.
Limit Your Bar
Alcohol can be one of your biggest expenses. This can be solved by having a cash bar where guests help themselves but sometimes this doesn’t seem very hospitable. Some couples choose a ticket method, allowing their guests to have one or two drinks on them while everything after are up to the guests to pay. If tickets are not your think provide a limited menu. Create a few signature cocktails and add on one or two extra drinks and leave it at that. This method will help you control costs by knowing what your guests will be ordering before they even get to the bar.
Reuse Your Floral
Choosing in season floral can help save on floral costs but a lot of couples double their floral cost by decorating the ceremony and the reception location. Instead of decorating both choose someone or a few people (not in your bridal party) to be responsible for floral transport to the reception hall. This will save a bundle on the cost of flowers by reusing what you already have. Don’t forget once the bridal party arrives at the reception location they will also have bouquets to add to the décor if needed.
What is a wedding without a glamourous wedding cake? While many couples want the image of the over the top dessert many can’t afford the price or just don’t realistically need that much cake. While there are many trends that can help you with the beauty and appearance of the cake one sure fire way to maintain the tiered look without the tiered price are fake layers. Not the entire cake has to be real only the portion that’s going to be consumed. If you want a tiered cake talk to your baker about making a layer or two fake, still covered in your chosen icing to pull off the look you desire at half the cost!
Use Your Friends Talents
This money saving tip can be used anywhere in your wedding but no more so then your invitations, place cards, menus and any other paper product you need for your day of and well before. If you have a crafter in your bridal party, a friend with a Cricut or a family member who is good with the arts ask for their services in place of a wedding gift. You should always pay for services even if its family or friends especially if that’s what they do for a living but in this case they are already “lightly obligated” to spend money on you for the wedding so why not save yourself money and them by asking for their services instead of a gift.
While weddings and over the top events can be pretty pricy there are many areas you can save money if you think ahead, using the resources around you and asking friends and family for help. A wedding is a union of two people’s lives and those lives are better off not starting in debt.