There are more ways then one to save money on your wedding! We are here to break it down for you by giving you tips for the odds and ends of budgeting for your special day.
Minimize the guest list. This is the most efficient way to save a significant amount of money.
Try picking your wedding date during the off-season or have your wedding on a Friday. These choices have proven to save thousands on weddings.
VENUE, TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Have your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue. This will save on vendor travel time and cost less for decor. Also eliminating the travel costs of party busses and shuttles.
Have your accommodations location be within walking distance of the venue. This will be convenient option for guests and will save on travel costs for the wedding party and guest shuttles.
Consider choosing a venue in the suburbs. This option is saves a substantial amount in major cities.
Select a venue with an event coordinator that can help. This will cut the costs of hiring someone.
Keep an eye on the cost of postage. People often forget to factor that cost into the budget. Save the dates and invitations can really start to add up on postage. Keep the weight in mind for these items, they have a significant impact on postage pricing.
Mail the rehearsal dinner invitations along with the wedding invitations. This saves on separate envelopes and postage.
Custom menus are unnecessary if you are on a tight budget and can be eliminated to save some extra money.
Stray away from forms of speciality printing such as gold foil, letterpress and embossing. All of these techniques are incredibly time consuming, thus costly.
FOOD & DRINK
Set up an appetizer table instead of passed appetizers. This saves on server cost.
Consider choosing a buffet or family style meal instead of a plated dinner.
If you consider ordering snacks for later in the evening, only order for 70% of your guest list. Often times some guests will leave and not everyone will eat them.
Choose a lower bar package. Often times guests are happy with some type of alcohol, and it doesn’t have to be top shelf liquor.
Consider closing the bar during dinner if there is an hour limit on the bar.
Choosing beer and wine with a signature drink option will save thousands over a full liquor bar.
Skip the champagne toasts or offer champagne at the bar which is a cheaper alternative.
Downsize the cake, order a 2 tier and then have a sheet cake in the back.
Provide or DIY your own cake decor (ex: flowers, topper, and fruits). This eliminates the extra decor costs.
Consider ordering a naked cake. These tend to be lower in price compared to buttercream or fondant.
Buy flowers that are in season versus out of season.
Take time to compare types of flower costs.
Stick to a few types of flowers versus several different kinds.
Larger tables will save on linen and centerpiece costs
DIY your flowers. You can purchase them in bulk and make bouquets yourself.
Go green! Greenery is much cheaper than flowers.
Select simple linens for guest tables and dress them up with the napkins or centerpieces to save on linen cost. Choose specific tables for more expensive linens like the cake, gift, or wedding party tables.
DIY your decor! Consider purchasing decor items in bulk online.
Compare prices of rental items versus purchasing yourself and selling them after. (Ex: vases, frames, linens, charger plates, signage, etc.)
Favors are not mandatory. This trend is quickly going out of style. Instead, consider making a donation to a charity of your choice and announce it to your guests during the reception.
Select a venue that doesn’t need a ton of decor. A simple and beautiful space that photographs well doesn’t need all that jazz!
Buy items secondhand. Buy, sell, trade groups or wedding resale events are great for this. Plenty of brides sell their items after their wedding.
Custom and personalized items are not necessary if on a budget. (Ex: custom napkins, favors, etc.)
Consider hiring a DJ instead of a band.
Instead of a photo booth, DIY it. Set up a backdrop and make your own props. Let guests take photos themselves or have a photographer staged there for a certain amount of time. Polaroid cameras also work great for this because they print photos on the spot.
Consider hiring students for the ceremony and cocktail hour music. Music colleges have great students that are full of talent and are looking for freelance gigs.
BEAUTY & WARDROBE
Consider asking a friend or family member to do your makeup and hair versus getting it done professionally.
DIY your makeup and hair.
Order your gown 8-9 months out to avoid any rush shipping fees or additional alteration fees.
PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEOGRAPHY
Cut back on coverage time. Keep it to the hours you NEED them there versus the entire day.
Book a second shooter that is less expensive to capture the early and late hours.
Select a package without an album. Purchase the album after the wedding with wedding money.