Posted by Caitlin Harmon on 11/1/2019
to Creative Ideas
Plain and simple, weddings can get rather costly quickly. Whether
your big day is being held at a venue or another location, there are many ways
to save money on a wedding. Check out a few budget-friendly wedding ideas on how to cut some of the costs:
If save-the-date mailers are
not a top priority on your wedding to-do list, save money on
paper reminders and a photographer. Consider emailing save-the-dates to
guests instead. As many people are already on their phones or computer
anyway, they can easily save and flag your special day to remind
Skip Saturday Weddings
When planning a weekend wedding, Friday or Sunday is less
expensive than Saturday. Simply by switching the day, thousands of dollars
can be saved at many venues. In addition, while it is less common, having
a wedding during the week (after work) can be convenient if guests
can then take the next day off.
Save on flowers by using more
greenery during the big day. Placing lights on shrubbery and other plants
can jazz up an aisle. If flowers are a must, consider doing research on
flower prices and comparisons. For example, peonies are actually on
average about five times more expensive than roses.
Skip Sit-Down Dinners
If you can go without a catered meal, and don’t want to choose
between which two or three entree selections you may be offered by a
venue, opt for your own selection instead. Consider displaying appetizers
or small bites for guests to help themselves. This way, there will
most likely be more of a variety and more of a chance for everyone to
socialize with one another.
If hosting a reception at the same location as the wedding, take
into consideration how much savings can be attained with skillful seating
arrangements. For example, incorporating larger tables that sit more
people can save on the amount spent on tablecloths, centerpieces and more
items that are usually incorporated on a reception table.
Many creative routes can be taken to save money on the wedding
cake. For example, ordering a smaller, one or two-tiered cake and then
supplementing that with a bigger sheet cake for guests is one affordable
alternative. Also, consider doubling the cake’s uses as wedding
favors for a sweet treat to go for guests.
Depending on the event location, look at the ways you can save on
music. For example, use a band and DJ for both the ceremony and the
reception instead of paying two fees for entertainment on the big day. Or
simply hook your phone to a speaker can play a favorite playlist on your
Save on Favors
Not all wedding favors need to be elaborate. Instead of monogrammed
items and costly thank you baskets, consider alternatives that are not
only cheaper but ones that your guests will also love.
While having a wedding venue that covers multiple aspects of the
ceremony and reception planning can be very convenient, it is important to
explore other options as well that may end up saving more money. Vendors
can charge a large amount to host a wedding reception, whereas a
restaurant may offer an individual room for deals on larger group pricing.
An elaborate send off with decorations and a getaway car can also
demand a chunk of change. If this isn’t at the top of your wedding
priority list, look at alternatives. Instead of an elaborate limousine
or classic automobile, consider having a friend drive you away from the
celebration at the end of the night. In addition, save on sendoff
celebrators such as confetti or wedding sparklers by ordering
them in bulk for guests to ensure that you have enough for the sendoff.
There are many feasible options when it comes to saving for a
wedding. By simply trimming out a few items, or finding creative
alternatives or organizational improvements, your bank account can breathe
a little easier leading up to the event.