Money Saving Ideas
Planning a wedding? Congratulations! Getting engaged is extremely exciting, but if you’re on a budget, it can be very stressful. Weddings are expensive, but this doesn’t mean an amazing wedding is out of reach. Here is a list of ideas to keep your wedding costs low without sacrificing too much of your big day.
Recycle and save
Dollar stores, thrift shops and websites like Craigslist and Freecycle can be your best friends when decorating on a budget, so do your homework to get the best deals in town.
Revamp the guest list, then revamp it again
We know how important it is to include your mom’s boss and your dad’s long-time best friend, but sometimes it’s best to keep the guest list as short as possible. After all, the longer the guest list, the larger the overhead. Speak to friends and family members that will not be invited and let them know you’re on a tight budget. Sure, some friends and family might feel hurt, but you’ll be surprised at how many people will understand.
Keep it simple
Cheap, dollar store votives with just as cheap, dollar store candles can make wonderful centerpieces. DIY projects (if you’ve got the time and creativity) can also bring character and pizzazz to your venue.
Ditch the caterer
Since the guest list will presumably be short, with only your closest friends and family members, a buffet-style meal cooked by you or your guests can dramatically cut wedding expenses. If you’re not a cook, you can buy the food and set it up yourself. For beverages,
consider joining a wine club ahead of time or stocking up from a beer distributor.
Choose the right vendors
Everyone wants to capture those special wedding day moments on camera, but photographers can be extremely expensive. In fact, caterers, florists and musical entertainers can be very costly as well. Luckily, there are many vendors out there. Ask friends and family if they know anyone in the wedding business, and research vendors who meet your needs and your budget.
Think high “tea” time
Scheduling your wedding in the middle of the day around two or three o’clock is another cost saving option. You can skip lunch or dinner and serve a variety of dessert platters with Virginia fine wine. Since cakes are expensive, offering a variety of desserts could be the cheaper way to go.
Not many couples marry on a Friday, or a holiday like Labor Day or Memorial Day, but choosing a weekday or holiday for your wedding guarantees a discounted rate. Setting your wedding date in the winter could be a helpful way to save money, too. Some venues beg for business during those winter months, which often works in your favor.
As a newly engaged couple, you are unique in your own way, and you’ll work hard to ensure your wedding day is as memorable as possible. Using some of these ideas will decrease stress during an already overwhelming planning process. After all, this is one of the most amazing times in your life!
Written By Nicole Fitch; Photo Credit: JMK Photos