Do you have champagne taste and luxury dreams, on a white bread and soda pop budget? Don’t worry, you can still have a beautiful but cheap wedding. Check out these great ways to cut costs and save money.
1. Trim Your Wedding Guest List
That’s the biggest expenses—food and alcohol—are figured on a per-person basis and will obviously increase as the number of people you’re inviting rises. Don’t invite anyone you haven’t talked to in five years. Don’t feel obligated to let single people bring a date. Avoid feeling pressured to invite all your work colleagues. By not inviting anyone from that group, you’ll help avoid hurt feelings.
2. Always ask for Better price
Say to a hotel manager or vendor, “I’d really love to work with you, but could you do it for 10 percent less?” The worst the person can do is say no—and even then you can shop around.
3. Change the Date of week
Don’t hold your wedding on a Saturday, which is the most popular day of the week for weddings—and, therefore, also the most expensive. Consider having it on a Friday or Sunday instead.
4. Save money on Decoration
Instead of spending a lot of money to rent special tablecloths and napkins, simply use the house linens at the hotel, restaurant or catering hall where your wedding is being held. They’re usually perfectly adequate, and you’ll save rental, delivery and pick-up fees.
5. Create Crafty – Do IT yourself
Throw a “pitch-in party,” where you ask your friends to be a special part of your wedding by helping you assemble favours and make invitations, centerpieces, and other home made inexpensive touches. Be sure to put out delicious snacks and have inspiring tunes on the stereo, so that your friends feel like they’re at a party, not just part of an assembly line.
6. Serve up Food and Beverage
Be honest with your caterer about your need to save money. Ask them which are the least expensive entries and whether a buffet is cheaper than a seated dinner. See if they’ll let you provide your own liquor, or if serving only wine and beer will be cheaper than a full bar. Also consider only having the bar open during your cocktail hour, then serving an inexpensive wine with dinner. Especially if you and your fiancée don’t drink, consider having a dry wedding.
7. Save money on the cake ingredients
Ask your baker to use butter cream frosting instead of fondant, because the ingredients required for butter cream are less costly, and this type of frosting is less time-consuming to make. Also, it’s cheaper to decorate your cake with fresh flowers than ones made of frosting.
8. Learn to ask for help to save money
If you want to have a cheap wedding, pool your friends’ and family’s resources. Think of musicians you know, well-spoken friends who could be your officiant, and crafty people who can help you assemble things. They will generally be honoured to be a special part of your big day. Also look for money-saving tips everywhere.