It’s time to get creative and save money on your wedding. Here are some practical tips to have a great wedding without spending a fortune:
- Budget first, shop second. Many brides-to-be make a list of all of the fabulous things they want at their wedding and then look to see how much it will cost. Try a backwards approach which is to first settle on a budget for the wedding and then begin to shop around and plan.
- Invite fewer guests. Guests are a huge expense in a wedding. And unless you’re friends with mafia members likely to hand you envelopes full of cash as a gift, you’ll probably save money by shaving off a few of the “bubble” attendants to your wedding.
- Opt for cheaper flowers. You can save a bundle on wedding flowers by asking your florist to prepare you cheaper arrangements. By using flowers such as carnations instead of roses, savings add up fast. This is especially useful for ceremony arrangements that most guests never get close enough to inspect anyway. You can also consider creating your own flower arrangements to save even more.
- Get a small cake. A large wedding cake can be a pretty unnecessary wedding expense. Most guests spend very little time appreciating the cake anyway since by that point in the proceedings people are usually too caught up with each other socially. A small cake for decoration with sheet cakes used to serve guests can suffice.
- Avoid Saturday. Save substantially on multiple wedding costs including venue rental and vendor services by getting married on a Friday evening or a Sunday instead of a Saturday when prices are higher due to demand.
- Make your own table centerpieces. The really crafty among you can dazzle guests with home-made centerpieces that will not only be cheaper but also make your wedding more of a personal occasion.
- Ask yourself if it’s worth it. Most wedding expenses are done out of obligation. But your wedding is your wedding. It can be whatever you want to make of it. Ask yourself if each expense is really worth it before forking over the cash. Your special day should be how you want it.
- By used. See how much of your wedding expenses can be purchased used. Little things like cake toppers and bulk party favors may be available in an online auction for next to nothing. If you can save even a little, then you should go for it.
- Ask for email RSVP. You can save on postage by asking guests to simply inform you by phone or email if they will be attending. Snail mail is growing more archaic by the minute. Join the trend of email RSVP weddings.
- Use a DJ. Generally speaking, a DJ will cost about half that of live band entertainment. This is a no-brainer for frugal wedding planners.
- Be honest with vendors. You don’t have to try to hide your intentions to have a cheap wedding from caterers, florists and the like. They want your business whether you’re on a tight budget or not. Just be upfront with them and ask for their cheapest offerings.
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