Top 5 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

 

You gush about how the two of you met, when you realized you wanted to spend forever together, how the proposal happened... but do you ever talk about anything else with that same lovestruck energy? Namely, planning for the wedding and paying for it?

More often than not, paying for the total cost of your wedding is a memory you’d rather pretend never happened. Because as we all know, weddings aren’t cheap! In fact, they can be a nightmare to pay for.

Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate tying the knot. There are ways to soften the blow and save on wedding costs, and we’ve got 5 top ways to share!

Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Costs

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1.  Think of out-of-the-box wedding venues

Typical wedding venues often come with additional costs. Other than charging a venue fee, they often require you to use their vendors for catering, bar service, or other things. The problem is they’re hiking up the prices for these vendors. The good news is, you could get them for a whole lot cheaper if you sourced them yourself. You also might not need those vendors for the amount or size the venue is offering them, so finding vendors that can tailor specifically to your needs can be a lot more cost efficient.

The solution to this? Forget the mainstream reception hall or country house, it’s time to look at modern, unique locations such as an elegant restaurant, brewery, or your university hall! You can avoid venue fees in a lot of restaurants, and will likely be able to choose your own vendors. Get creative and expand your venue search to new horizons!

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2.  Remember, it’s a wedding, not a botanical garden

The basic rule is, the greater variety of flowers you use, the higher the cost. Stick to one or two kinds of flowers in your bouquet and floral arrangements so that your florist will be able to place bulk orders. Cheaper for them will also mean cheaper for you. Furthermore, discuss with them what would work with what, and consider sticking to flowers in a similar color scheme or shape to make the final arrangement look more cohesive. Be open to your florist’s suggestions and embrace the chic, monochromatic look a lesser variety of flowers will bring.

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3.  Stick to no frills

In cakes, flowers, dresses, and everything else with lots of details, the hidden cost is always in the labor. Beware of anything that looks intricate and like it requires a lot of handiwork. For cakes, as the number of layers rise, so will the cost. The more icing work and other detailed finishing touches you ask for, the more expensive it will turn out to be too. Explore simple, minimalistic cake ideas and who knows, you might fall in love with one! As for flowers, cascades require a lot of wiring, which means more labor. Opt for hand-tied bouquets if you’re on a bit of a crunch. Or if cake isn’t that big of a deal to you, go for cupcakes as inexpensive option.

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4.  Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts

Chances are, you’ve got a photographer or two among your friends. Maybe even an incredibly talented singer. If so, consider reaching out to them and ask if they’d be willing to help out on your wedding in place of giving a gift. This might save you a couple hundred dollars from hiring a professional. Another idea is to ask for monetary gifts instead of typical gift registry items, as they are maybe what you need more right now. We know – you might be going ‘whaaat?!’, but before you shut the idea down, check out why it’s OK and how to do it tactfully here.

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5.  Offer incentives in exchange for reduced rates

One thing you could try if you’re hiring professionals for your wedding is offer to advertise their business for them in exchange for reduced rates. Put a small card by each person’s place setting that displays the businesses that helped make your big day happen – from your musicians, photographers, florists, and whatnot. As this will be highly noticeable by your guests, it tends to be very effective advertising. Many businesses will happily agree to reduce their rates in exchange for this opportunity. After all, it is a win-win solution!

Paying for your wedding may not be the fondest memory you have about your big day, but it can be a lot better when you know how to save. We’ve compiled more ideas from Pinterest that can help you afford your wedding - click on the button below check it out!

Happy planning!