When it comes to wedding planning, (almost) everyone has a budget they’re working to adhere to. If you don’t, we’ll then, you’re very lucky and probably don’t need to be reading this article!
We’ve talking about some things to definitely skip if you’re trying to keep your budget low, and now we have some more money saving tips.
Sticking to a budget is easier said than done. How can you save money when you’re planning one of the biggest days of your life?! Truth be told, almost all couples go slightly over budget. It’s just the nature of planning a huge event when you aren’t really sure exactly how much everything costs. So today, we’re sharing 10 tips you should keep in mind to help stay on budget!
1. Keep the guest list in check. The number one reason a wedding budget gets out of hand is because the guest list keeps getting longer and longer. If you have to keep costs down, keep your guest list down!
2. Have your ceremony and reception in the same location. You’ll have one venue fee instead of two, and save money on rentals and vendor travel fees!
3. Look into off season dates. Some venues and vendors charge less for dates in the fall and winter months (off season for wedding vendors) than they do for summer months, which is peak wedding season.
4. Keep your seating chart in check! If you have a small wedding, assigning tables, but not specific seats means you can stick with one seating chart display at the entrance to your wedding. So does skipping name cards at each place setting in favor of one chart. Either option will save you printing and design costs!
5. Think about where you get ready that morning. Skip renting a hotel room and opt to get married at a private residence or the salon where you hired hair and makeup from can save an unnecessary cost.
6. Did someone you know get married recently? They may have decor items you could borrow if you ask very nicely! Things like table numbers, ceremony decor or signage that was made may work for your wedding!
7. Work with your caterer! Ask about affordable options– sticking with one entree instead of a selection of choices, or doing hearty appetizer stations rather than a plated meal are both options that potentially lessen your catering bill.
8. Limit your accessories. Sticking with jewelry you already own, or family heirlooms can help save money as well! Special occasion shoes you already own can be repurposed or dyed for your big day as well.
9. Don’t limit yourself to Saturday dates. Exploring other options– a Sunday or weekday wedding, could also potentially save you some coin when booking a venue.
10. Watch for sample sales and bridal shop sales to buy your dress! Lots of bridal salons will have huge sales at the end of the season when they anticipate new arrivals from merchants. Scour the sales and buy your dress early to potentially save lots of money!