How to Save Money on Your Wedding


Date Posted

April 25, 2023

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Weddings expenses can add up quick, with costs ranging from the venue to the flowers and everything in between. However, with a little bit of planning and creativity, you can still have the wedding of your dreams without having the debt of your nightmares. Here are some tips on how to save money on your wedding:

  1. Set a budget:

    The first step to saving money on your wedding is to set a realistic budget. Be sure to factor in all the necessary expenses, including the venue, catering, decor, and attire. If you have family who is willing to help out, ask what they’d like to help pitch in for.

  2. Choose a non-traditional day and time:

    Saturdays are the most popular day for weddings, which means venues and vendors charge a premium. Consider having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, or even during the week. Another option is to consider having your ceremony in the morning or early afternoon to save on reception costs.

  3. Cut the guest list:

    The more guests you have, the more expensive your wedding will be. Consider having an intimate wedding with only close family and friends. This will not only save you money but also create a more intimate and personal atmosphere.

  4. DIY decor / Thrifting:

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive decorations. Making your own centerpieces or using candles and string lights for a romantic ambiance can drastically cut down on costs. As well as thrifting or options like wedding for sale groups or Facebook Marketplace.

  5. Simplify the menu:

    A sit-down dinner can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding. Consider a buffet-style meal or a cocktail reception with small bites. This will save you money and allow guests to mingle and socialize.

  6. Rent instead of buying:

    Wedding attire, decorations, and even furniture can be rented at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Consider renting your wedding dress, tuxedos, linens, and furniture to save money.

  7. Use flowers in season:

    Flowers can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, especially if you choose exotic blooms that are out of season. Stick to seasonal flowers, which will be less expensive and easier to find.

  8. Limit the bar:

    Open bars can be expensive, so consider offering a limited selection of beer and wine or a signature cocktail. You can also consider having a cash bar, providing drink tickets for guests or choosing a venue that allows you to bring in your own drinks. If you have a venue that allows you to bring in your own drinks keep an eye on sales and stock up!

You can have a beautiful wedding without stretching your wallet too far. Remember, the most important thing is to celebrate your love and commitment to each other, and that doesn’t have to cost a fortune or start your marriage off with debt.

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