November to March is the typical wedding off-season. If you have a limited budget, you can save your money by hosting your wedding during this time frame. Think about the celebration in January, and you can expect discounts.
As Saturday is the most popular day for a wedding, it is a costly day to get married. You can save money by planning your wedding on Friday. A Sunday or a weekday wedding is even better as there will be more savings that you can explore.
Go seasonal and local. You can get the meal and blossoms at the normal price if you buy what is in season. In addition to it, if they are locally grown, there will be no need to ship them from another place. This way, you do not only save your pocket but also lessen your carbon footprint. Win-Win!
4. Non-traditional venue
A restaurant, brewery, vacation house, and estates are some of the options you can consider as a wedding venue. Selecting a place that does not usually cater to weddings can help you save your pocket and give your wedding a unique feel.
Usually, restaurants do not charge a rental fee, and you only pay for the food (which comes with a minimum spend). So select one with beautiful décor, ambiance, or even scenery. You will be surprised with the savings that come along with it. Make sure the place is equipped enough to handle all the guests. This is perfect for a more intimate, lower guest count.
You can save the logistics and extra expenses for transport by holding your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in one location – if you can also include your accommodations in one place, you will be saving a lot on transportation.
6. Choose an already beautiful venue
Choosing a wedding place that does not need a ton of decoration will save your rentals and decorative expenditures. Outdoor places with lovely views will make your wedding scenery rich and won’t require many decorations. Also choosing a venue with a lot of in-house furniture and areas that you can maximize, like for photos and cocktail hour. The fact that you don’t need to spend a lot on decorations is a great wedding hack that will save you money.
The smaller the list of invitees, the lesser the budget is. Keep your guest list shorter. Invite only close friends and relatives. A small wedding can save you on every item of your event. Plus, you can fully enjoy the moments with your loved ones you can’t in case of a big event.
Yes, to “all-inclusive” packages. Venues having these packages provide several facilities and services other than renting their event space/s. These might include on-site coordination, meal, liquor, staff, cake, rentals, accommodations, and much more.
A venue that doesn’t limit you to hire their preferred vendors only, will be a great advantage to you. In this way, you can hire your own caterers, Dj, a photographer that you search for at the lowest cost. Or even execute your DIY projects freely.
Instead of spending your money on sending invitation cards, you can send electronic invitations for free or make use of wedding websites to manage your guest list. It will help you save on stationery and postage expenses.
If you want to mail something to your guests, you can still mail them the save-the-date and reference website you have created. This is not just a wedding hack to save you money but also helps save paper!
11. Print flat
If you still want to send printed wedding invitations, select flat or digital printing. It is a much affordable option than letterpress, offset printing approach, or thermography.
12. Standard Cardstock
Adding to the previous printing point, consider a standard card stock, and try and fit all your wedding details in one card, instead of multiple cards in one invitation set.
13. Work with a wedding consultant and/or coordinator
You might be considered to let go of a planner to save some money, but if you want to have a champagne-dreams-on-a-beer-budget wedding, then speak to a consultant and work with a coordinator is your best bet.
A skilled planner will handle all the little jobs. Also, with their wide vendor network, they can help you to save your expenditures. The most important thing to mention is that the creative input that a consultant/designer can provide will help you develop a more budget-friendly approach to achieve your dream wedding.
By designing and printing your invitation cards from websites like Vistaprint and Minted, purchasing your own wedding cake, or making your décor, you cannot only save money but also amaze your guests by showing them your skills and adding a personal touch that your guests can see and feel everywhere they look at your wedding.
You can even go as far as designing or making your own centerpieces. We rounded up quick and easy dried flower arrangements here that you can use and then re-use at home or give away!
Consider renting your wedding dress! You can also rent bridesmaids dresses! Also, rent decor for your wedding to save $$ and reduce the number of things that will be thrown away after your wedding!
16. Something Borrowed
Another wedding hack to save you money is to check on your newly married friends. If you have newly married friends, they will probably have a mass of décor, or even a veil or wedding accessories. They would be happy to lend you or sell you at a low price. You will need something to borrow for your wedding anyway, so try to borrow where you can to keep expenses down.
17. Cocktail versus full dinner
A cocktail-style reception is usually lighter on the pocket than a more formal, plated dinner. It will also save the cost of serving everyone. Just because you are serving cocktail food doesn’t necessarily mean that you are starving your guests. If you time your event accordingly and serve heavy appetizers or consider food stations, your guests will still be satisfied and well-fed.
Instead of hosting a fully-stocked, top-shelf open bar for your invitees, go minimal with beer and wine only. It is more budget-friendly. If you’d like to incorporate your own signature drink, that will be great as well!
Consider having a one-tier cake – for photos only. Order a plan slab sheet cake from your favorite bakery and get that served instead. Something your guests don’t need to see. This can be done behind the scenes by the kitchen staff! It will surely save you money.
21. Serve Assorted Desserts
To add to the previous point, if you are not all for the slab sheet cake, consider a cute dessert buffet that includes cupcakes, brownies, candies, etc. Your invitees will surely love the varieties of store-bought (again, don’t let your guests know!) desserts instead of relying on the cake only or from the catering/venue. This will provide more variety for your guests and save you more money.
22. Skip the limo
Using a limousine for your wedding transportation can be quite pricey. Instead, have a close friend or family member drive you or consider taking an Uber Premier.
PRO TIP: If you have booked accommodations at a nearby hotel, they can also rent you or provide you their shuttle service!
23. Repurpose your flowers
Let your flowers do double-duty by utilizing your ceremony decor at the reception. Aisle decor can be re-used as centerpieces when designed and placed accordingly. Re-use your ceremony backdrop as a sweetheart table backdrop at the reception; this is where a consultant will help you design products that can easily be transported and moved from ceremony to reception.
24. Use fresh florals wisely / Consider dried flowers
Fresh flowers may look gorgeous, but they are very expensive on the pocket. You can make your event beautiful in many other ways. For centerpieces, you can opt some candles (rent flameless pillar candles!). It will help you to save money.
Why not consider large balloon arrangements? A stylish balloon arch would look spectacular as your ceremony backdrop. Move this to the reception as a backdrop for your sweetheart table!
For centerpieces, consider larger single balloons that look like clouds and add rented flameless candles to the tables to add that romantic effect!
26. Get the same effect using different materials
There are many creative ways to approach decor designing without adding expensive factors. For example, instead of bar lights, little well-placed threads of Christmas lights can create the same effect. You can hang globe paper lanterns (stylishly) instead of a costly chandelier. Attaining the appearance you want while keeping your budget in check needs a little imagination! There are many rental options that you can explore to achieve the effect that you’d like without spending more than you plan to.
Speaking to a wedding consultant/designer will help you look at your design goals and provide you with a budget-friendly alternative without sacrificing your goal altogether.
27. Accept help and contribution
Your loved ones must want to help you while planning a wedding. Let them help! If your aunt is good at baking, let them bake a wedding cake for you. If you have a friend that would like to help you in contacting vendors, accept that help. Set guidelines from the very beginning so that contributors will have a better idea of your vision.
Know that you will have to let go of some control, but if you have set your priorities, you can shift your focus on the things you want to control fully, and it will be easier for you to let go of some of the control on all other things.
28. DIY your photobooth
You can save a huge amount that you will otherwise spend on the photographer with a little creativity. You can pick a wall and have props or printouts (signs etc.) laid out on a table, set it up with a ring light with a phone holder so that your guests can enjoy a great selfie and group photo corner without the extra cost!
Hiring a DJ can be a little expensive and might be more expensive than one would expect it to be (especially the outstanding ones!) If you are having an intimate wedding, you might have an easier time running the reception on a playlist you prepared. You can also assign a friend that can help you manage and keep an eye on this.
Sales are the best part of the year for shopping. You can save a huge part of your money by buying bridesmaid’s gifts, dresses, decoration pieces on eastern sales, black Friday sales, Christmas sales, etc.
There you are! Wedding hacks to save your money: Top 30 tips! Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! xo
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