And Still Have the Wedding of Your Dreams!
You are just about knee deep in this whole wedding planning business, and the sticker shock of it has worn off to a dull, throbbing ache each time you swipe your credit card. With each new item on your list checked off, you see your wedding budget dwindling. Keep reading for some tips for on creative ways to shave thousands off your wedding budget without compromising the wedding you have always wanted.
First thing first, know your priorities. Prioritize the parts of the wedding that are most important to you and your finance. With a compromise on the less essential aspects, you can afford to splurge on the things that matter!
Wedding favors can add up quickly, especially if you are hosting a massive celebration. Skipping the wedding favors is ok. Most of your guests will not expect a token for their attendance, but if you feel strongly about providing one, try to budget for no more than $3 a person. One way to double up on costs is to give a favor that cleverly serves as a seating card. You might also consider a self-serve candy bar that provides both a treat for your guests and a colorful reception activity.
Consider limiting the libations. Don’t get worked up here; I’m not suggesting you offer a cash bar or no liquor at all! Consider serving a signature cocktail to add a personal flair to your dinner service. Not only is this option usually beautiful to photograph, but it also adds a personal touch to the day. You can pair this with wine and beer service to ensure your guests feel well taken care of while still taking care of your budget! You can also check with your venue to see if they will allow you to bring in your own liquor. That way you can shop for your supplies at a discount liquor store, and no one will be the wiser!
There are so many events leading up to the wedding day! From the engagement party to the bachelor/bachelorette party, not to mention the rehearsal dinner, and morning-after brunch, it’s clear to see how things can be so expensive! Try to skip the additional events; by eliminating the engagement party and morning-after brunch, you’ll easily save yourself a few thousand dollars in food and event space costs.
String quartets are so much more elegant than piped music from the DJ’s table in the back of the venue. They can cost upwards of $1000.00 to have live musicians play at your wedding. Contact your local university’s music department to hire talented students to play for your ceremony. You’ll be helping out a starving student who will be thrilled for the chance to perform, and you will be spending a fraction of the cost of hiring professional musicians.
If you can be flexible on the time of your wedding, consider a brunch or breakfast themed wedding. Not only are morning weddings filled with beautiful light and yummy eats (who doesn’t love pancakes?) they are an affordable way to feed a large group of people. Bonus, you have the rest of your day to spend snuggled up with your new spouse, just the two of you. What a great way to spend your first day married!