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7 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
Schedule your wedding ceremony on off days
Generally, people pick Saturdays to hold their wedding ceremony and reception. However, if you are flexible enough to be a little off-beat, many vendors are known to offer discounts for weddings held Sunday-Friday. Venues, photographers, florists, and caterers have all been known to give sometimes significant discounts of 10% or more on their services when you book for non-Saturday events.
Check for special discounts
If you or your soon to be spouse are active military or a veteran, wedding vendors want to honor that service. It is highly recommended that you inquire about military discounts. They may not offer them, but it can be well worth it if they do. This doesn't just apply to military, though. Some wedding vendors may offer referral discounts, so if you know someone who has used a particular vendor, find out about referrals. Another discount opportunity is to offer to pay in full. Many businesses will offer a discount for paying it all up front.
Find wedding venues that are all inclusive
The more your wedding venue has to offer, the better the value can be for you. Your wedding budget can easily get out of control for every little item- chairs here, place settings there, and so on. If your venue offers them - use them. Usually, set-up and take down is included in the cost, so that can save you time and headache worrying about how everything will get done. Possibly the best benefit is that if your wedding venue does everything or you, you know exactly what the cost will be, and that makes budgeting really easy.
Save on centerpieces and place settings
If you are using floral arrangements for your table centerpieces, consider purchasing loose flowers. This can cut the cost significantly on buying fresh flowers. Your centerpiece can still be amazing, and some of the best I've seen were done this way. If you're willing, you even can use loose flowers for the bridesmaids' bouquets! Another great option is to make your own centerpieces. This can be a great way to tie in your theme or showcase your personalities and interests. There are many great resources on how to make your own centerpieces and loose flower arrangements. Check YouTube how-to videos, and you'll find tons of great videos with unique ideas you may not have considered.
Save on alcohol
Consider serving only beer and wine and/or a signature cocktail. Simplicity makes it easier on bartenders and wedding guests alike. Everyone will spend less time in line trying to decide what to order! A signature cocktail can make an impression, and may even be a drink you can recreate for anniversaries and celebrations for years to come. Again, it's an opportunity to showcase your tastes and personality. Try searching Pinterest for great ideas for unique cocktails or check out this huge list on theKnot.
Have your wedding at a non-meal time
Consider having a mid-afternoon reception. Holding a wedding in the evening usually means dinner will be served. In the afternoon, however, light refreshments are perfectly acceptable. You will still have your cake, and punch with simple snacks such as fruit, cheese, and crackers are quick and easy ideas you could put together yourself if you had to.
Build relationships with your vendor
Usually you will have an idea of one wedding vendor you absolutely must use. A lot of times, this is a photographer you know, but could also be another venue owner or employee. Most people that work in the wedding industry are doing it because they love weddings. Sit down with them, or take the out for coffee to discuss people they know will do a good job, but won't cost you an arm and a leg. Wedding vendors have seen a wide variety of other vendors and companies, and will be happy to steer you in the right direction to get you the most out of your wedding.