10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
1. Get married in the morning, on a Friday or Sunday and/or in the winter months. Try to stay away from anytime surrounding the holidays (any holiday) as everyone wants more money during that time and it’s harder to book places as well.
If you have a nice enough home, hare your reception there. Do a little fixing up, add some landscaping and while you’re spending a bit on that, it’s a lot less expensive in the long run than renting out a ballroom or reception hall. On top of that, you get to keep the end result as a benefit of your labor and expense.
2. Keep the guest list small and stay away from expensive entrees like beef tenderloin or seafood.
3. Make your own veil. Most craft stores sell how-to books and supplies. You can save hundreds of dollars by making your own.
4. Purchase your wedding gown at a place other than a bridal salon. You can get some very nice gowns off the shelf in a department store. As for the groom, what’s wrong with wearing a dark suit if the budget is really tight.
5. Either don’t serve alcohol or supply your own if you’re able too. Have a cash bar instead of an open bar. Having appetizers set out on tables to let your guests help themselves is a lot less expensive than having people walk around passing them out, unless or course, these are some friends who have offered to help you out this way. Also, only have two or three stations, not a whole lot.
6. Consider not having a dinner reception. Opt instead for a brunch, afternoon tea, cocktail or dessert party. If you want to do dinner, why not just go out for Chinese. It’s usually pretty inexpensive. If it’s a fairly small informal group, why not have a barbeque at someone’s house?
7. Use silk flowers. They are always less expensive than fresh flowers, plus they can be rented! If you have a creative streak or a friend with one, you can even make them yourself for a fraction of the cost. If you really want fresh flowers, choose some that are in season and local, not something exotic. Decorate with more greenery and baby’s breath, and fewer flower blooms. Similarly, you can make your own decorations for the tables at your reception and use inexpensive items along with some creativity.
8. Limos are really nice, but certainly not necessary. This would be easy to exclude. Borrow or rent a large luxury car. If you really must have one, black ones are cheaper than white. Also, to accommodate everyone get a large one, rather than several smaller ones.
9. If you are wanting music, think about engaging a DJ rather than having live music. You could even prerecord your favorite songs an several CDs or MP3s and have a friend be responsible to keep the music playing.
10. Check out local universities for qualified and inexpensive musicians, photographers, and videographers. Professors will be able to point you to the best students in the program. Have a photographer for the ceremony, but supply several friends with disposable cameras for the reception. Candid shots are often more fun anyway.