Your wedding is possibly the most expensive party you’ll ever throw, so there’s no doubt you are looking for ways to keep the costs down without sacrificing too much on your big day. It’s all about priorities, and finding a way to have the wedding of your dreams on a realistic budget. Here are a few ways to save in your wedding budget:
Get married in the off-season
While a late spring or mid-summer wedding may be ideal, it’s almost guaranteed that prices will be higher during this time, as the majority of couples choose to marry in the warmer months between September and March. There is also risk of not being able to get your preferred date, as many venues book out quickly during this time. To save money and avoid missing out on your date, consider getting married in the off-season from May to August. Sure, the weather may be colder, but you can always pray for a sunny winter’s day!
Skip the sit down dinner
A three-course meal at your reception may be fancier, but the cost per person is much greater than serving just canapes or hors d’oeuvres. Plus, some people won’t finish their entire meal or will skip dessert, so it’s much more cost-effective to serve finger food instead of a three-course meal. If you’re worried about people getting enough to eat, consider serving a buffet – it’s cheaper, and people can eat as much or as little as they like, cutting down on wastage.
Avoid expensive flowers
Sure, covering your reception hall in bouquets of white roses may look stunningly extravagant, but there are plenty of other flowers to choose from that won’t break the budget, such as daisies or sunflowers. Save the costly flowers for the bouquet, and opt for a cheaper one to decorate the room with. Also, be sure to check which flowers will be in season when your big day arrives too, as these will likely be cheaper.
Get a talented friend to snap your big day
If you, or a friend, know someone who is handy behind the lens, consider hiring them to do your wedding photography rather than a professional photographer. Check out their work, get some sample shots taken and decide whether it’s worth it to save a few hundred dollars. Thanks to camera technology and editing programs, it’s easier than ever for an average photographer to take above average photographs!