If you are concerned about the cost of your wedding, then you are certainly not alone. With my mum recently getting married this past weekend and having some experience under my belt with the whole process, I’ve come to the realization that there are many ways that you can cut back without compromising on your big day. Here are some of the things that you can consider when planning a wedding, either your own or someone that you are helping.
Take your Time
If you have a long engagement, this will give you more than enough time to research and even seek out as many great deals as you can. For example, you might be able to pick up some great silver or gold decorations right after the Christmas period, and you might be able to purchase your flower girl outfits just after the Easter season. The more strategic that you can be, simply by taking your time, the better because it can work in your favour.
Be Flexible with your Dates
It’s so important that you choose your dates wisely. If you get married on a Saturday in June, then this will almost certainly cost you a small fortune. If you are desiring a summer wedding, one way to save money would be for you to get married on a Thursday, Sunday, or even a Friday instead. You can easily save up to 30% by doing this, and it can make a huge difference to your budget. If you want to save even more, consider planning a wedding in December, as this will give you access to off-peak pricing from florists, catering services, and even photographers.
If you choose a stunning venue that is amazing in its own right, then you won’t have to spend as much on decorations. Find a place with character to host your wedding, such as a heritage home or art gallery. When you do, you will soon find that you are able to make it your own without breaking the bank. Of course, when you have chosen your wedding venue, you then need to work on your invitations. These DIY wedding invitations from Pure Invitation are ideal if you want to get them completed while keeping under budget.
Skip the Dinner
Sit-down dinners can easily add up. If you want to stop this from happening, consider having an upscale cocktail reception instead. You can hire a small team who serve trays of food, saving you a small fortune on not only the plethora of food that often goes wasted and untouched, but also the catering staff that you otherwise be required to serve it all.
If you absolutely want to have some kind of sit-down meal, then why not do a brunch menu instead? This is way cheaper and sometimes you can negotiate with the venue on the total price, too.
Add Some Greenery
One of the easiest ways for you to trim your budget would be for you to cut back on flowers. Consider choosing more greenery rather than flowers themselves. Sophisticated garlands and even table runners can easily make the space look way fuller and you would be surprised at how great they can look. If you’re stuck for ideas then consider looking into silver dollar eucalyptus, leatherleaf fern, grevillea and even myrtle too. If you want to take things to that next level then it is always a good idea for you to use silk flowers instead. These can be rented for even less.
There you have it! Celebrating what will be one of the most exciting and love-filled days of your life doesn’t have to be difficult, nor a drain on your bank account. By considering different ways in which you can save money, such as those listed above, you can perhaps cut the cost of your wedding by half!
Do you have any additional money saving hacks for someone’s Big Day? Let us know your suggestions in the comments below!