Easy Ways to Drastically Cut Your Wedding Costs
Planning a wedding can definitely put a strain on your finances. While, of course, you want to plan a beautiful and romantic wedding. You also need to stick to your budget. So let's take a look at how you can have that wedding you are dreaming of without breaking the bank.
One of the first things you want to do is to set a budget for your wedding. By doing this and sticking to it you can easily save thousands of dollars.
While dreams are wonderful your wedding day is only for one day, your relationship is going to hopefully last you a lifetime. Here are some ways to save money on your wedding…
Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding:
Skip the Full Sit Down Meal- Who says you have to provide a 5 course meal? There are so many options available for your reception meal, pasta bars, food trucks, small plates, taco/fajita bars, do what fits in your budget, and have fun with it!
Use the Venues Preferred Vendors-When it comes to choosing the location of your wedding reception keep in mind that these venues have their own preferred vendors for most items. A lot of venues will give a discount if you use their preferred vendors.
Use Artificial Flowers- Real flowers are very expensive, however If you choose artificial flowers instead of real flowers it will save you a ton of money. Also, you can use real flowers in “high” profile areas that are noticeable, and use artificial flowers in all of the other areas.
Consider a Store Bakery-Order your cake from a bulk shopping club like BJs or Costco’s, or your local grocery store. This will be much less then ordering from a traditional bakery. Another trick, is to order a small display cake for your pictures and order a separate sheet cake for the guests, this will save a lot of money.
Search Contracts for Hidden/Extra Fees- If you decide to use any type of vendor or even a wedding planner it is important read the fine print of any contract before signing. Make sure you know the fees for anything “extra”, like going over the scheduled hours for all vendors and the venue, taxes & tips, or security staff. Also, ask about providing meals for vendors, most vendors require the couple pay for their meals, but they don’t have to have the same meal as your guests, it can be a less expensive meal. Most caterers have a vendor meal they provide at a cheaper cost, ask them about that at your meeting.
Reduce the Size of Your Guest List- The easiest way to save money on your wedding is to keep your guest list small. All prices are based on each person, so this will significantly reduce costs. Also, it will give you much more venue options, including non-traditional options like a restaurant or park, which are usually cheaper than wedding venues. You will be surprised by how many non-traditional venues offer wedding packages.
It really is possible to have a wonderful wedding today without breaking the bank. Be open to changing the time and day of your wedding if the costs are significantly reduced. Always remember to negotiate and search out a better deal for all of your wedding needs.
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