Have you set your wedding budget yet? The cost of the average wedding has grown exponentially in the past 10 years. Even 5 years! With hefty fees left and right, inflation, and Pinterest boards inspiring brides to keep wanting more, we understand that the budgeting process of a wedding can become complicated and frustrating. In order to keep things on a happy note the whole way through, we’ve come up with some simple ways to cut costs and make everything a little less stressful. Happy planning!
1. Get great group rates on tuxedos and buy bridesmaids dresses together on sale – A lot of tuxedo companies can offer group rates on tuxedos, so make sure that your hubby-to-be and his groomsmen buy those spiffy tuxes together! Same goes for you and your bridesmaids. Shop the sales and see if the bridesmaid gown of your dreams has been marked down. Hopefully you can snag all of them at a great price!
2. Make your own invitations – There are so many websites, templates, and design ideas out there to assist you in making your invitations all by yourself. All you need is a little time, a printer, some nice paper, and plenty of ink cartridges. Done, and done!
3. Instead of wedding gifts, ask for help with the wedding/register with your vendors – Your friends and family want nothing else than for you two to be happy. Rather than register for wedding gifts, register with your vendors! What a great way to let the people who love you support you on your special day.
4. Try to keep the number of guests to a minimum – This will be hard to do for some folks, but keep in mind that the more guests you invite, the more mouths to supply food and drink to (more $!). In order to keep costs down, really sit down and go through your list. If it’s a casual acquaintance who you sometimes bowl with, or a great uncle that you’ve only met once in your life, consider skipping them.
5. Don’t get married on Saturday – Saturday is the most popular day to get married because it is in the middle of the weekend and the most convenient day for out of town guests. Thus, of course, it is the most expensive day to get married. Consider having your wedding day on a random week day, Friday, or even Sunday. Simply put, many venues offer lower rates these day.
6. Send out e-save the dates – Rather than send magnets or paper save-the-dates, what about sending them out through email? You can not only save on printing and postage, but also provide a direct link to your wedding website and RSVP form. It is 2014 after all, and nearly everyone has a device within reach at all times.
7. Host your ceremony and reception in the same place – This can be huge for trimming your budget. You’re not paying for yet another venue or transportation, plus your guests will be thrilled. They don’t have to get in their cars and scramble to the next location! It is also ideal for the bridal party’s getting ready process.