How to Decrease Wedding Costs
I was able to organize a wedding for under $5,000 including the groom's wedding band. There are lots of ways to save money and keep the priority on the special occasion.
Date & Time
Saturday evenings are the most expensive date and time to get married because that is when everyone gets married. Get married on a different day of the week and save substantial dough. Or, have your wedding at 10am with a luncheon to follow rather than a late night reception. This option will also be less costly. You could also choose an "off season" month to get married. Most people get married between May and October. However, if you choose to get married in another month, like November, you can save thousands.
Think outside the box. Is there a location that you have access to that will not cost much or anything at all? Can you use your home church for free? Is there a beautiful park that will allow you to have your wedding there for very little money. The wedding I organized what in a beautiful gazebo on the side of a lake. The cost was only $25 to rent the gazebo. Think outside of the box and get creative to save money on your wedding location.
Can you wear your mother's dress or the wedding dress of someone else that is special to you? There are also many beautiful options at stores like David's Bridal that can be purchased for $99. Shop around until you find the right dress at the right price.
Are there decorations that you can do yourself? Does a friend or family member have a knack for decorating? Below is a video on how to make pew bows yourself. They are beautiful and can be used in multiple ways, not just as bows for chairs or pews.
How to Make Pew Bows
Make wedding flowers in advance for you and your bridesmaids out of silk flowers. See below video tutorial for instructions.
How to Make Wedding Flowers
Photographers are one of the largest expenses for a wedding. Is there a semi-professional photographer that you know that you take pictures at a fraction of the price? Or is there someone that is looking to break into the business that will do your wedding for free just to include it in his or her portfolio?
My sister has a beautiful house so we used her big back yard for the reception and had a big white tent set up with tables and chairs underneath. Now that my parents have a farm, we could have a wedding or reception out doors at the farm. Think about the locations available to you that you could use for free or little cost.
Be creative with your food and drinks. Don't go overboard on portion sizes. Depending on what time the wedding and reception are you could choose to go with appetizers instead of a full meal. Also, you can use foods that are in season to save money.
Everyone you and your parents have ever met do not need to be invited. Pair the guest list down to those closets to you and that can eliminate a lot of cost.
How to Save Money on your Wedding
Do you know someone that bakes wedding cakes? If so, you could ask them to bake your wedding cake as their wedding present to you. Or, do you know someone that makes beautiful cupcakes? They could make you a cupcake tower instead of a traditional wedding cake.
Another option would be to have a pretty wedding cake that is only three tiers or so. Make it a smaller cake and then actually serve your guests from a sheet cake.
Everyone loves an open bar. You can have an open bar but limit what is served and how much is served. For instance, you can make available a couple selections of beer, wine and soda and maybe a signature drink or two. Anything else can be purchased for a fee.
- How Much Should A Wedding Cost? Here's How To Lower It - Forbes
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