Budget Wedding Tip
Embarking on the journey of wedding planning is EXCITING, but it's no secret that the expenses associated with this occasion can quickly add up. However, with a dash of creativity, thoughtful planning, and a strategic approach, you can have the wedding of your dreams without watching your budget spiral out of control. In this comprehensive guide, we'll review various strategies to help you save money on wedding planning while maintaining the style and elegance you envision.
Let's get into it.
Talk Budget: Take the time to evaluate your financial situation and determine how much you can comfortably allocate to your wedding. Having a clear budget will serve as a guiding light, preventing overspending and ensuring that every dollar is spent wisely.
If you feel like you're just throwing a number out there, stop and do your research first. It's completely normal if you and your partner don't know how much wedding vendors, decor, venues, rentals, etc cost - why would you?! Take the time to put your feelers out there, ask what people charge, look up some decor ideas, etc and then come back to a budget plan.
Prioritize Your Must-Haves: Not every wedding expense is created equal, and identifying your non-negotiables early on is key. Whether it's a captivating venue, a professional photographer, or a gourmet meal, allocating a larger portion of your budget to your top priorities ensures that you get the most value where it matters most.
Consider Off-Peak Dates and Times: Wedding venues and vendors often offer discounts for off-peak dates and times. By considering a weekday celebration or an off-season wedding, not only can you secure lower prices, but you'll also likely have more flexibility in choosing your preferred venue and vendors.
We had a client do a Sunday brunch wedding to save on the budget and it was FABULOUS.
Consider Unique Spaces for a Venue: Think outside the box when it comes to your wedding space. Consider places like parks, libraries, public buildings, greenhouses, etc! You might be surprised how affordable these unique spaces are to rent, just be prepared to tackle the issues that may arise from not having a traditional space (like not having a kitchen, bathrooms, etc).
We had a client use an administrative building for a state park once. It was only $300 to rent and we made it look beautiful!
DIY Decor and Invitations: Unleash your inner creativity by embracing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects for wedding decor and invitations. From centerpieces to wedding invitations, DIY projects can add a personal touch to your celebration while significantly cutting costs. Get inspired by online tutorials, scroll through Pinterest, and enlist the help of friends and family to make it a fun and collaborative experience.
PRO TIP - please do your research first to see if your project is worth DoingIY. Sometimes those projects can end up costing more and taking more time. As with everything in the planning process, I encourage you to learn and compare as much as you can before committing.
Choose Decor Thoughtfully: There are many ways to be thoughtful about your decor choices that will benefit your budget. All white decor is the most affordable to buy in bulk, seasonal decor goes on sale, thrifted decor can provide a unique element to your wedding, picking in-season flowers will cut the florist costs, etc! Don't forget to check out all options for buying too - our Amazon storefront has a category for almost everything, take a peak: The Biggest Wedding Storefront. But also check out places like thetableclothfactory that does bulk stuff!
Opt for All-Inclusive Packages: Streamline your wedding planning process and potentially save money by exploring all-inclusive packages offered by venues and vendors. These packages often bundle services like catering, venue rental, and more, providing you with a comprehensive solution that's not only convenient but also cost-effective.
PRO TIP - if your vendors are not included, opt for local vendors. Hiring local vendors can help save on travel and accommodation costs. Additionally, they may have a better understanding of the area, contributing to smoother logistics.
Borrow, Rent, or Buy: For decor items, attire, and other one-time use items - Do the research to see if it is more beneficial to buy or rent. Sometimes you can get an amazing deal on renting! Other times it makes more since to buy something and sell it after. Make sure to check out Facebook groups in your local area to see if there are any second-hand items you can purchase from previous bride(s)/groom(s)!
Limit the Guest List: A smaller guest list not only creates a more intimate atmosphere but also serves as one of the most effective ways to cut costs. By limiting the number of attendees, you'll save on catering expenses and other associated costs, allowing you to allocate your budget more strategically.
We've worked with many clients that have an intimate wedding and then do a pot-luck, casual-style party with a bigger group. Do what you need to!
Explore Affordable Catering Options: While a formal sit-down dinner is a classic choice, alternative catering options can be both budget-friendly and innovative. Consider options such as a buffet, food stations, or a cocktail-style reception, providing a diverse and delicious menu without the hefty price tag.
PRO TIP - save your money when it comes to desserts. Get small bites or anticipate only 60% of your guests to eat dessert. This is the most wasted money of almost every wedding. (You can still get a tiny cake for the ceremonial cutting!)
Shop Smart for Attire: Finding the perfect wedding attire doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. Explore sales, sample sales, and consider purchasing pre-owned wedding dresses. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can also find budget-friendly options through off-the-rack purchases or rentals, proving that elegance doesn't always require a substantial financial investment.
Not only does this apply for "the dress" or "the suit", but also for those getting ready outfits that we see all the time. If you or your bridesmaids don't have the funds to get them, coordinate everyone instead! Ask everyone to wear all black, wear a flannel, etc - something you all have already.
Utilize Digital Invitations: Save on printing and postage costs by embracing digital invitations. Numerous online platforms offer customizable and stylish digital invitation designs, allowing you to convey the necessary information in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
Opt for a Cash Fund: These days, many couples are opting for a cash fund over the traditional registry. This can be a good way to get some of your wedding planning money back. You can personalize your cash fund too to make it feel more like a traditional gift - ie. "dinner during our honeymoon", "savings to buy a house", "diapers for our future child", "date night at our favorite bowling alley" - you can be as general or specific. Check out our other blog that talks about this: The (Less) Awkward Art of Asking for Cash as a Wedding Present
As you embark on the journey of wedding planning, remember that a budget-friendly celebration doesn't mean sacrificing style or elegance. By setting a realistic budget, prioritizing your must-haves, and exploring creative and cost-effective options, you can create a memorable and stylish wedding without the financial stress. Keep your focus on what matters most to you, involve your loved ones in the planning process, and enjoy the journey of bringing your dream wedding to life within your means.