15 Ideas To Save Money On Your Wedding

15 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Great Wedding Money Saving Ideas!

Have the Wedding of Your Dreams… and Stay On Budget!

More brides and grooms are paying for or contributing to the cost of their wedding than any time before.  So how can you have the wedding you want with great photography, video and a professional DJ while sticking to a wedding budget? Here are 15 ways to save money on your wedding.

Don’t over-do it on the invites

It’s a difficult task to decide who makes the guest list cut. With the average wedding reception cost per person of $100, this can be a wedding reception budget saver though. When considering a wedding reception venue, it’s a good idea to ask the guaranteed minimum. The minimum number is the number of guests you will pay for, even if your wedding guest list is fewer than this number. The minimum number may be negotiable if your wedding reception will be during non-peak dates.

Cut the guest list 

Each person standing up in your bridal party is a dear friend – and an expense. While you may not be paying for their attire, you will purchase their flowers, attendant gift, transportation and more. Consider limiting your bridal party to siblings and closest friends.

It’s all about appearances

It is common to have a display cake for the cake cutting ceremony, with one layer for cutting, and a sheet cake in the kitchen for dessert service. You can also display a fine bottle of champagne at the head table, but have a less expensive sparkling wine for the toast. No one will be the wiser.

Bundle services

It can be huge savings to bundle multiple services with a single company. Centerpieces, attendant’s flowers and ceremony decorations with one florist. Invitations, wedding programs, and personalized stationary with one printer.

Make it Twinkle

Candles create a sense of romance. Whether you use exquisite candelabras for an elegant feeling or simple hurricanes for a rustic reception, candles can be a beautiful and inexpensive way to make a statement.

Personalize the Venue

Using photographs from your engagement session or courtship as wedding reception decor accents allows you to tell your story as a couple (and you’ve already paid for them). Select images of your lives separately and together for your welcome table, cake table or centerpieces. You can also share a photo montage with your guests during the cocktail hour or during your first dance.

‘In season’ means ‘in budget’

Choosing flowers that are in season can result in major savings. Instead of telling your florist what bouquet you want, ask for recommendations using less costly blooms for your time of year. If you want something out of season, ask to use them as accent flowers rather than the primary.

Choose One Location

There are multiple benefits of combining your ceremony and reception location. In addition to the convenience, you can reduce the cost of multiple venues, transportation and decor.

Be a DIY Bride

Before taking on any DIY projects, you should calculate the cost of materials and time versus hiring a professional to handle the project. You should also consider how close to your wedding you would have to complete the task. Many brides elect to make and print paper products such as programs and table cards, but leave centerpiece creation to the pros due to timing.

Downsize Centerpieces

Selecting smaller centerpieces allows your guests to converse easily and pass food items around the table; 14 to 20 inches high is ideal. A smaller arrangement will allow you to save on your floral budget, or add more of an expensive bloom due to the smaller scale.

Hire Professionals

It is sometimes tempting to use a friend to provide a service at your wedding. Sometimes a this option works perfectly; you get exactly what you wanted for a price you can afford. But other times working with a friend can cause more stress than it’s worth and put a strain on your friendship. Not hiring a professional can also cost you more in the end if your friend isn’t in tune with wedding trends, cost savings opportunities such as in season flowers and lost chances to bundle services for savings. Additionally, if you want professional results, it may be best to use a professional service.

Double Duty Decorations

Here’s a simple way to save money on your wedding; re-purpose the flowers from your ceremony for your wedding reception. Altar arrangements are perfect to flank the head table. Bridesmaids bouquets double as centerpieces for the bridal table when placed in a simple glass vase.

Limit Cocktail Time 

If your timeline allows you to shorten the cocktail hour without negatively affecting your guests, you may be able to negotiate a lower price due to the decreased volume. You can also limit the cocktail offerings to a signature drink, requiring fewer liquors.

Kids at Receptions

If you choose to invite children to your wedding reception, consider asking for budget friendly children’s dinner options such as chicken fingers or sliders. For more tips on kids at your reception, click here.

Skip Guest Favors

Small tokens of appreciation for attending your wedding can add up to big budget busters. Consider making a charitable donation in their honor or a simple favor, such as chocolates.


3 Steps to Building the Ultimate Wedding Package


1. Pick Your Wedding Photographer(s)

Whether you want ultra-creative or classic photos, our professional wedding photographers can deliver whatever kind of aesthetic you’re looking for. Each photographer offers their own unique professional approach to wedding photography, and you can pick the right one for you. The photography is just the start of the ultimate wedding package.

2. Pick Your Wedding Videographer(s)

One of the biggest regrets we hear from the over 25,000 couples we have served is that they didn’t get a professional wedding video made. Don’t let that be your regret! Like our photographers, our videographers can create cinematic wedding videos that spotlight your love. Whatever you’re looking for, our videographers will deliver a wedding video that you’ll be able to enjoy for years and share with future generations.

3. Pick Your Wedding DJ & MC

In order to capture photos and videos of the touching, hilarious and memorable moments at your wedding reception, you’re going to need the right music at the right time. The final piece of the ultimate wedding package, our DJs will bring your wedding celebration to the next level. Pick the music, don’t pick the music, create a “do not play list”, or give us no list at all, we’ll get to know you and your guests and construct a playlist that fits just right. But our DJs do more than just play songs, they bring energy to your wedding with engaging announcements, introductions and more.

30 money saving ways to keep within your wedding budget

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