So you are getting married, but do not want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on one day. Understandable! Here are some tips to saving as much as possible on your wedding, while still keeping it an elegant and memorable day.
Saving Money on Flowers
The biggest hurdle for most brides and just overall will cost a lot of money at your wedding will be flowers. Flowers are beautiful, sure, but you will be buying fresh flowers that sit around for only four hours at your wedding and then they die and you cannot take them home with you. Do not worry about having bouquets of flowers on every table, aisle and post. It is important to have traditional flowers for your bouquet and some centerpieces though, because this will not be as costly and will keep your wedding looking elegant. Purchasing your flowers from wholesale stores like Costco can help you buy in bulk for your wedding and making your own bouquets can save you steep costs as well.
Planning the Wedding Yourself
Being your own wedding planner is also a great way to save money. If you know exactly what you want and you have a vision and are one of those individuals who has always known what you would like to have at your wedding, doing the planning and organizing yourself can be very helpful. It is a lot of extra work, but can save you thousands of dollars in the end.
Choosing an Alternative Venue
The venue is typically the number one cost for most brides. A nifty trick is to go online to home sharing websites like Airbnb, where you can rent an entire home and backyard as a venue for as little as one grand. This even earns you a place to stay after everyone has left the party! Speaking with the host of a property that you are interested can earn you even better deals, especially if you have less than the maximum head count attending your wedding.
Build Your Own Cake
Wedding cakes can be ridiculously expensive. Buying different sized plain, round cakes from a wholesale store and stacking them to bring the appearance of elegance is a great way to save money. These cakes range from 50 to 200 dollars, which is nowhere near professional wedding cakes that can cost you upwards of 1,500 dollars.
Cut the Open Bar
Deciding against having an open bar is something a lot of couples are opting for these days. Weddings with open bars are bound to get out of control, and serving a limit of two drinks per person will help you save. Serving a his and her cocktail throughout the night (the bride’s favorite drink and the groom’s favorite drink) is a great way to keep the guests happy and add a fun personal touch as well.
Have a Friend DJ
If you have a friend who is musically inclined, you can ask them to be the DJ at your wedding. This will save you money because you will not be buying a professional DJ, and you can always give your friend a customized playlist that you want them to play during special moments or the reception.
Shop Around for a Dress
Wedding dresses are a huge cost depending on what kind you choose. Choosing your dress from a sample sale can save you a lot, but keep in mind you cannot get it altered unless you pay a tailor after your purchase. Dresses are discounted at sample sales, sometimes over 50 percent off of the original price! Also, buying second hand wedding dresses will save you a ton.