9 Ways to Cut Your Wedding Budget
Brides can get overwhelmed by all the hidden costs that come with planning a really beautiful wedding. But don’t let that bring you down. There are plenty of ways to have a stunning wedding without breaking the bank. Here are some tips on exactly how to do that.
Avoid peak season.
Get married in late summer or winter. These are off times for most venues and vendors. Rates are highest during summer and vendors will be more likely to reduce fees if you choose a winter date. Fridays and Sundays are generally less expensive than Saturdays, so this is also an option. This little change will shave up to 20% off your venue fee.
Downsize the bridal party.
Keep your party to three opposed to five. This will cut down on major costs you may not have thought of, such as a florals. The larger the bridal party, the more you’ll spend for gifts and flowers. This will save you Save $660.
Serve a custom-made cocktail instead of providing a full bar. Come up with two or three cocktails you think guests will like.
This adds another layer of customization to your day, but more importantly, you will save a lot of money while still giving your guests liquid courage. If you must have a bar, limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer. Buy them in bulk to save even more. This will bring your costs down by 25%.
Choose local flowers.
Stick to seasonal AND local flowers—they’re both eco- and econ-friendly. Some flowers can be difficult to find and are expensive out of season. Most bridal flowers are available year-round, but consult your florist before deciding. This will save you $600.
Pass limited food bites.
A major cost is food and by limiting the amount of food, your cost will go down. Pass four really good appetizers instead of ten during cocktail hour. You will save $10 per guest.
Give the photographer a curfew.
Have a time that the photographer is done. They don’t need to stay all night. Get the shots you want, and then let them go. Most vendors work hourly so the longer that they stay, the higher your bill will be. This will save you $350.
Make a grand entrance or a big exit.
Most rentals ask for a 50% deposit upfront and cost a pretty penny. Avoid having a fancy car on standby for the entire wedding & lose the limousine altogether. You will save $1,000.
Avoid pricey main courses.
Stick with beef and chicken for lower costs, as fish will increase your budget. Use expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d’oeuvres rather than in a main course.
Skip the champagne!
Many brides end up spending per glass on champagne, which is very costly. Some caterers charge a corking fee of $1 or more for each bottle of champagne or wine they open, which also adds to your bill. Guests can toast with the drink they have in hand. After all, there’s no rule saying you have to toast with champagne.