If you've got a wedding planned, you know how quickly your expenses can add up. There is an endless amount of things to spend money on like the venue, caterer, band, and everything in between. Not everyone has hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on their nuptials, but that doesn't mean you can't have a fabulous wedding. Use these tips to save some big bucks on your special event.
Saturday is not the only day
There is no rule that says Saturday is the best day to get married. The fact is, since it is the most popular day, it's also the most expensive for venues and service providers. Consider planning your event for a Friday night, Sunday, or even on a weekday or holiday to get significant savings.
Find a venue that's already beautiful
Save a bundle on decorating by not having to decorate at all. Choose a spot that has been recently renovated or that is already beautifully decorated. This means all you may have to bring in are a few flower arrangements to make it perfect. Another great idea to avoid decorating is to get married during the holiday season. Venues will already be decked out in their seasonal finest.
Court the courthouse
Don't eliminate the idea of having a small courthouse wedding, then heading to the reception venue to celebrate with family and friends. This eliminates the costs of a church or ceremony venue, and the officiant will be more affordable. A courthouse ceremony doesn't have to feel sterile. Look for pretty, historic courthouses in your area. You can dress up in your wedding clothes, invite friends, use your own vows, and save a lot of money.
Have a house party
One terrific idea is to rent a house out for your wedding. A whole house can serve many purposes including the ceremony venue, reception venue, housing for out of town guests, and the honeymoon the following week. Hire a caterer to bring in food and drinks, and everything else is already built in.
You may have the idea that a sit down dinner with a choice of several entrees is the only way to go for your wedding. Throw that out and get creative with your catering. There are other options, including:
- Hire a company to do a pig roast and make the sides yourself.
- Time your wedding so you can serve hors d'oeuvres instead of a full meal.
- Do a walk up "bar" like a baked potato bar.
- Stick with just beer and wine and skip the hard alcohol.
Think outside the cake
A gorgeous tiered wedding cake may be your dream, but it doesn't have to be expensive. Think creatively about your cake. Some couples decide to fake it, and have the baker make the bottom few tiers out of cardboard or Styrofoam, with only the top tier being actual cake to cut. It appears to be a giant, decorated cake at a fraction of the cost. Servers can cut guest pieces from a sheet cake in back. You can also opt to do cupcakes or cookies, which are much cheaper for a large group.
Accept the help
Lastly, remember that people are happy to help when it comes to weddings. If one of your guests or relatives offers to provide a service in lieu of a gift, take them up on it. This could mean your cousin behind the bar, your aunt baking your cupcakes, or your best friend arranging the flowers. Wedding D.I.Y.'s are where you will save the most.
A wedding doesn't have to break the bank or leave you in debt. Try a few of the tips above to have a great wedding while still saving money.