How To Plan A Wedding on a Budget

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Planning A Wedding On A Budget

How to Plan Your Wedding on a Budget

More brides and grooms are paying for or contributing to the cost of their wedding than any time before, meaning they have to stick to a budget while still having the wedding of their dreams. So how can you have the wedding you want with memorable video, photographs, and a professional DJ while sticking to a wedding budget?

Plan Your Budget. The most important thing you can do for your wedding budget is plan early. Review your financial situation to determine how much you can realistically save between now and your wedding date. If your family will gift wedding funds, discuss how much they will be contributing, what they will contribute to and when you can expect the financial support. Knowing their timeline for contribution will help you to manage the cash flow required for deposits and payments of wedding services.

How to prioritize when planning on a wedding budget. One of the biggest mistakes brides make, is not prioritizing their wedding budgets. If you have your heart set on great wedding pictures. This allows you to cut other expenses as necessary to keep that element.  You should also consider other elements that are low priority and cut them immediately. Most people won’t notice if you don’t offer personalized cocktail napkins and matchbooks, but your budget will be better off.

How to choose one location when planning on a wedding budget. 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.

How to be selective with invitations when planning on a wedding budget. 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 budget saver though. Most couples have a “B list” to add as the responses come in.

How to reduce the number of attendants when planning on a wedding budget. 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.

How to use bundle services when planning on a wedding budget. It can be a huge way of saving to bundle multiple services with a single company. Centerpieces, attendant’s flowers and ceremony decorations with one florist. Invitations, wedding programs, and personalized stationery with one printer.

So where can you make more affordable choices that go unnoticed by guests?

Wedding Reception

  • Cut the guest list. This will save money on catering, invitations, guest favors and centerpieces.
  • Think off-peak season and save thousands!
  • Consider a Friday wedding – or Sunday for even bigger savings.
  • Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.
  • Shop the off-season for extra decor – get red vases on sale after Christmas and pretty pink ones after Valentine’s Day.

Wedding Flowers

  • Use more greenery than flowers.
  • Swap out costly flowers
  • Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.
  • Buy flowers that are in season.
  • Include non-florals, like lanterns, mirrors and candles in your centerpieces.

Food & Drink

  • Skip midnight snacks.
  • Shorten your cocktail hour to a half-hour.
  • Offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
  • Skip the champagne toast.


  • Order a small one or two-tiered cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).
  • Keep the add-ons simple.
  • Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.
  • Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table.
  • Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.

Stationery & Favors

  • Get single-page invites to save on postage.
  • Give out one favor per couple.
  • Make your cake the favors.
  • Have favors double as escort cards.
  • Make your own menu cards, escort cards, and wedding favor packaging.

Photo, Video & Music

  • Hire a photographer who will give you a copyright release which will save printing costs.
  • Hire a single maned camera videography team.
  • Hire a DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.

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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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