How to Cut Wedding Costs and Still Have an Amazing Day
Congrats, you’re engaged! While getting married is the most exciting time in your life, weddings are expensive. There are so many details that go into the planning process. You don’t want to go into your marriage with debt from going overboard on your wedding. Before you say “I do”, there are plenty of ways to cut wedding costs on the most expensive aspects of your big day.
Be Smart About Your Flowers
While your wedding flowers might be 8-10% of your entire wedding budget, there are steps you can take to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. Concentrate your budget on the flowers that will be photographed the most during the wedding day. This includes the bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres, the altar or arch for the ceremony, and the head reception table.
Think critically about how you can make the most use of your wedding day flowers. Work with your florist to decide on arrangements that can be used at both the ceremony and the reception. Your bridal bouquets can double as centerpieces by being placed in a pretty vase. Instead of decorating an arch with an intricate floral installation, have your florist create a garland that can be removed. The beautiful garland from the ceremony arch can also be used on the head table for the reception.
If your dream wedding flowers are pricey peonies and garden roses, have them in your bouquet and head table arrangements. Let your florist choose a suitable substitute for the rest of the arrangements. Using flowers that are in-season, and also being flexible about flower choices, are two things you can do to set yourself up for success in reducing costs.
Opt for a Buffet Style Dinner
A crucial component of a good wedding is the food. While your guests may forget your first dance song or the maid of honor speech, the food is something they’ll remember. And keeping your guests in mind when planning your wedding is important.
A sit-down dinner where your guests are served a meal they pick ahead of time always seems classier. However, a buffet allows for your guests to eat whatever they want! They don’t have to pick chicken, steak, or fish. They can have all three, as well as the sides. Your guests can even go back for seconds if they’re still hungry. A buffet makes it easier to accommodate everyone and will help cut wedding costs.
Inquire About Extra Fees Before Signing Any Contracts
Before signing your name on anything for your wedding, you always want to be sure of exactly what you’re paying for. When you book your wedding, inquire what is included in your venue. If they charge for the reception space, does it include chairs and tables? If you use the in-house catering, do they provide linens, place settings, napkins, etc? These are the questions you need to ask if you want to cut wedding costs and stay within your budget. Those little extras add up fast.
Do research and look around to decide which venue can give you the best price based on what they provide. Some venues even include a bridal suite for you to get ready in. Other wedding sites may charge you extra if you want to have your ceremony there as well. Always ask about any extra fees so there are no surprises when the bill is due. This applies not just to your venue, but all vendors you hire.
Don’t Lose Focus
Documenting your wedding with photos and video is very important. This is the happiest day of your life so you want to have a quality photographer and videographer. Photos and video will help you remember the special moments when you look back decades from now.
One way to save is to look for someone who is just starting out. A word of caution though, their prices might be lower, but you still need to see their portfolio. Make sure it is the style you are looking for and is something you’ll be happy looking at forever. Since they are just starting out, they might not have online reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask for references to ensure they provide quality work.
Another option is working with a company that bundles services. Some companies offer both videography and photography. A discount is often offered when you book them for both. You can do this with other services too. I know a local photographer who offers a big discount if you book their photo booth too!
Don’t Be Afraid to Rent or Buy Used
With technology at its peak, you can pretty much rent anything online these days. No one is going to know if your tablecloths or your decorations are used or brand new. You can even buy gently used wedding items at places like Wedding Recycle. Try doing a search on Facebook for local resale groups of wedding items. There are plenty of brides looking to sell items to recoup money and it will cut wedding costs for you.
As for your dress, you can save up to 80% off of retail prices by renting your wedding dress. You’re only going to be wearing it for a few hours, so why spend a fortune on it? You can also look at purchasing a used wedding dress. I sold mine to another bride for a fraction of the cost. She loved the dress as much as I did! It was so fun to see her pictures. My cousin got her wedding dress on Craiglist for a deep discount. It had never been worn! The bride just changed her mind and got something else.
Consider a Personal Loan
The costs of a wedding can be overwhelming. It can be easy to throw your purchases onto a credit card so you don’t have to pay for the expenses upfront. A low-interest personal loan can help cover some of the costs you don’t have on hand right now. The interest rates are a lot less than that of a credit card. Believe it or not, weddings are one of the most popular uses for a personal loan. It helps so you won’t have to feel like you’re drowning in debt. You can have the perfect start to your marriage, celebrating with friends and family without spending your whole life savings. Weddings are exciting, so don’t forget to have fun planning your special day!
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