Top Tips for the Budget-Friendly Bride
Many brides find themselves overwhelmed by the glitz and glam of planning a wedding. Some even find themselves to be overly stressed due to the cost of the wedding itself. So, to prevent any unnecessary hyperventilating, here are some cost saving tips for you Budget-Friendly Brides!
1. Set Smart Priorities: If your budget is limited, then it’s wise to devote your dollars to the most practical items, such as the things that will be meaningful to you and your spouse in the long term. For example, when it's all said and done, what most people are left with are memories and...pictures! It may be worth it to pay a little extra for a high-quality photographer, since the value of pictures or videos will last a lifetime.
2. Many public spaces, like parks or the local village green, may be available to rent at a low fee. However, if the space is not equipped to handle events, you’ll have to rent everything from napkins to tables and chairs. Make sure you come out ahead!
3. Hold your ceremony and your reception in the same place. You’ll save yourselves multiple site fees as well as transportation from one location to the other.
4. Look for reception packages. Holding your event at a venue that provides catering and food-service items will save you quite a bit of money on rentals.
5. Trim the length of your reception. Even doing three hours instead of four or five will save you money. Trust us, everyone will enjoy themselves just as much.
6. Avoid the Crowds: May through October is the most popular time to schedule a ceremony, which also means these months are the most expensive. Caterers, reception halls and other vendors are much more likely to offer better pricing – or be willing to negotiate on costs – if you set the date during the slower months, such as January, March or November. You can also lower your costs by avoiding a wedding on a Saturday night, the busiest time for receptions. Why not pick an afternoon affair or a Friday night instead?
7. Be Creative: Simple party invitations with a postcard for responses will probably run much less than an elaborate wedding invitation with multiple layers and inserts. To add a personal touch, consider designing and printing your own invitations.
8. Make It Your Own! Creating simple canter pieces with colorful candles, inexpensive vases and silk flowers will cut the cost of having to keep fresh ones from dying and will make for great gifts for the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom!
9. Make it intimate. Keep the guest list short. Don’t write another “War and Peace” with your guest list. Only invite the friends and family that mean the most to you and your significant other.
10. Cakes are priced per slice, and since not every single guest is going to partake in your wedding cake, you’re safe asking your baker to allow for 25 fewer slices for a 150-guest head count. Also, consider cupcakes. Not only are they whimsical, but then each guest will be able to have their own little piece of your perfect wedding cake.