It is no secret that weddings are expensive. With so many things that need to be taken into consideration, costs add up in no time at all. Luckily there are some easy ways to save money on wedding expenses. The following ideas will help you save money on your wedding, without sacrificing the quality or memories.
1. Make a List of Top Priorities
Prior to planning the details of your wedding day, you should sit down with your bride or groom-to-be and make a list of priorities. Discuss what each of you expects out of the wedding and what aspects are most important. This will allow you to make a list of things that are top priorities. It will also allow you to decide which things are not as important. By making priorities, you will be able to spend your money on the important things and save on the other, less-important things. For example, if you both love a certain reception venue but do not care as much about the music, you can spend your money on the venue and save on the music arrangements.
2. Make Your Own Invitations
Ordering invitations and envelopes from a printing company can cost a lot of money. You then have to factor in postage for all of the invitations, which ups the cost even more. With all the advanced printing programs available for computers these days, you can easily create invitations on your home computer for a fraction of the cost. Depending on your preferences, you can also ask guests to RSVP through email or by telephone, which will save you from paying for return envelopes and return postage.
3. Look for a Dress on Sale
Many bridal parlors have annual or semi-annual sales on their bridal gowns. If possible, try to find a dress during one of these sales. Depending on the price of the dress and the extent of the sale, this can often save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your wedding.
4. Limit the Number of Guests
One way to majorly save money on your wedding is to limit the number of guests. If there are certain people that neither you nor your partner know particularly well, you can easily leave them off the guest list. Since most caterers and banquet halls charge by the guest, eliminating even 50 people can save you a lot of money.
5. Create Your Own Decorations
If professional wedding decorations are not on your list of top priorities, you should consider making your own decorations. Ask your close friends and family if they are willing to help in the decoration-making process as well. They will probably be glad to offer their help if you simply ask for it. You can find great wedding decoration ideas online, and most craft stores carry everything you need to make them.
6. Cut Food Costs
Food is a very large wedding expense, but there are some ways to save money on it. Call around to various caterers in your area so you can compare prices. You can also consider making some of the food yourself, provided your guest list is not a mile long. Some caterers will even cut you a break on cost if you forego things like napkins, silverware, and plates. You may be able to buy them yourself for much cheaper.
7. Have an Outdoor Wedding
Although many couples are not adventurous enough to have an outdoor wedding, it can save a great deal of money. If you and your partner are the adventurous type and know someone with a beautiful, large backyard, ask them if you can use it for your wedding. Just remember to have a back-up plan or tents in case of bad weather.
8. Shop Around for a Photographer
The amount photographers charge can vary greatly from one to the next, so you should definitely shop around before choosing one. If you happen to have a friend or family member who takes great photos, you can also ask them to be your photographer. As long as professional, pricey photos are not a top priority, you can usually save a fair amount of money in this area.
9. Have a Limited Bar
Instead of having an open bar with countless drink options, think about having only two or three choices. You can also consider keeping the bar open for only a few hours, rather than all night long. Drinks are expensive, but you can greatly reduce costs by doing one of these things.
If your wedding budget is very small and/or you are not concerned about many wedding details, you can always elope with your partner. By avoiding a traditional wedding altogether, you will save a huge amount of money. You can also consider a destination wedding with only close friends and family. If your alternative is a huge wedding with all the trimmings, it will probably still be cheaper for the destination wedding.
Now that you know some great ways to save on your wedding, you should be able to cut costs in more areas than one. These ideas will allow you to have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Guest post from Frances Hall. Frances writes for 100BestDatingSites.com.