Calling all brides with a wedding budget! If you are just engaged or in the planning process, one major question that drives decisions is “What’s our budget for this wedding?” Whether you are paying for your own wedding or have financial support from family, below are some key ways to save those dollars and have your dream wedding!
Rank your Priorities: What details matter most to you? What aspects of your wedding are most important? Answering those questions will help you focus on areas that you feel most strongly about, and help you cut back on areas that aren’t as important. After identifying what is most important, start with the basics. Don’t assume you can't afford a certain vendor. Most vendors have package levels and can get to a price you can afford. You can always add extras once you've seen how your budget balances out.
Recruit Friends: There are many unexpected costs that can inflate your budget, think of this as cost-free outsourcing. Gather your friends and play to their strengths. Make favors, create center pieces, or assign lettering to a friend with beautiful handwriting. A hidden cost can be hiring an officiant. Consider having your vows administered by a trusted relative or friend. It is easy to get ordained and it’s a memorable moment for you and them. To ensure your marriage is legally recognized, check the laws where you'll be wed.
Embrace the off Season: I promise, all 12 months are equally-lovely and deserve consideration. Choosing a date outside of peak months will help out your bottom line. Choosing to have a Friday or Sunday wedding often leads to savings as well. Remember, no matter what date you choose, plan to use seasonal décor and flowers, and local vendors.
Let your venue shine: Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and pick a venue that appeals to you. If you love a venue even without added décor that is a major win! Bringing in your own decorations can be costly. Consider visiting all-inclusive venues when searching for your dream space. A venue that comes with ceremony space, tables, chairs, linens, in house catering, staff etc can provide cost savings. If your venue will serve as your ceremony space, remember you are the main focus. Limit décor and get the most impact for your buck by having one or two lush altarpieces. This will ensure everyone's eyes are exactly where you want them: on you and your partner.
Hire and Expert: Save money by spending it on a coordinator? It sounds counterintuitive, but it isn’t! Do it! Wedding coordinators aren't shy when it comes to haggling, they can draw from years of experience working with couples on budgets, and have good working relationships with many vendors—all of which can amount to savings for you. Hiring a coordinator also ensures all your hard work and money spent comes together on the big day.
Money Saving Tips: Forgo a program, they are extra cost and extra stress, and people care most about the vows. Skip place cards if you have a buffet dinner. There are many ways to display seating that are cheaper then stationary. Supersize your flowers. Choosing bigger buds means you'll need fewer stems. Lastly, boycott bubbly if you are providing your own alcohol. Most people prefer toasting the new couple with a drink of their choice.
Although it may not seem like it right away, it is possible to get the wedding of your dreams and stay within your budget. By knowing your priorities, getting assistance from experts and friends, and letting your venue shine you are on the way to getting the most perfect wedding for your most perfect price!