Spending money on your wedding can be easy – way too easy.
The good news is saving money is easy too! Here are over 45 ways to save.
1. Trim your guest list.
Fewer people means less food, beverages, centerpieces, linens, favors, etc.
2. Have a longer engagement.
Not only will you have more time to search and find sales, you’ll also have more time to set aside money.
3. Enter giveaways to win free wedding stuff.
Free is always good.
4. Use coupons and watch for sales when buying items from craft stores.
Michaels and Hobby Lobby always have coupons and sales. There’s no reason to pay full price.
5. Opt for an adult-only reception.
An easy way to decide who to trim from your guest list. Determine no one under the age of 13 or the age of 16 for example.
6. Seat more guests at larger tables.
You’ll end up needing less tables and chairs, and in turn less centerpieces and linens.
Your Wedding Date/Time
7. Get married on any day but Saturday.
Many venues and vendors offer a discount for any day other than a Saturday.
8. Get married off-peak season.
Winter months are typically the slow season in the wedding world, so many venues/vendors offer a discount for those months.
9. Have your wedding ceremony and reception earlier in the day.
A late morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception will save you tons of money.
10. Skip the expensive favors.
Fancy favors are commonly left behind. Why? Because your guests really don’t want/can’t use them. Edible treats are one of the best favor options. They’re inexpensive, and your guests will actually use them.
11. Or omit favors altogether.
12. Choose escort cards that double as favors.
Double duty is a wonderful money saver.
Invitations & Other Printed Items
13. Send postcard style response cards with your invitations.
Not only will the postcard RSVP cards cost less, you’ll also need less postage on each one.
14. Skip the fancy custom or vintage postage stamps.
Your guests won’t miss the fancy postage stamps, and regular stamps (check with your post office for pretty floral or LOVE stamps) cost less than the custom ones.
15. Skip square or odd sized invitations.
They may look great, but the post office charges more postage on non standard shaped or sized envelopes.
16. Use a sign instead of a ceremony program.
Rather than printing up programs all of your guests, do one large sign and have it at the entry to your ceremony.
17. Proofread everything twice before ordering.
Having something reprinted is definitely a cost that is not budgeted for. Eliminate this possibility by proofreading everything multiple times. Have someone else proofread them as well – a second pair of eyes can spot things that the first may have missed. Double check all spellings, dates, and addresses.
18. Order thank you cards when you order invitations.
Saves on extra shipping and handling charges.
9 Easy Ways to Contain Your Wedding Costs
19. Print guests names on a board instead of individual escort cards.
20. DIY your invitation assembly.
From standard envelope stuffing to attaching rhinestone embellishments or pretty belly bands – paying the invitation company to assemble them costs more money. Save by assembling them yourself (or have your wedding party help out).
21. Choose a small one or two tiered cake.
Have the small cake on display for your cake cutting ceremony, but also have unadorned (just iced) cakes hidden in the kitchen.
22. Skip the dessert table.
You don’t need additional desserts. Your wedding cake is enough.
23. Choose buttercream icing instead of fondant.
Fondant may look gorgeous, but you’ll end up paying at least twice as much (maybe more!) for your cake.
24. Skip on the cake fillings.
Fillings typically cost more, and if you’ve got delicious cake to start with, your guests won’t miss a filling.
25. Serve cupcakes instead of cake.
You’ll save on the serving price (cupcakes can be up to half the cost per serving as cake). Also, since cupcakes don’t have to be cut/plated, you’ll save on the plating fee most venues charge.
Food & Beverages
26. Offer beer and wine, and a signature drink.
Serving alcohol can get expensive. Save by offering only beer and wine, and perhaps a fun signature drink.
27. Serve champagne to the head table only.
You don’t need to provide champagne to all of your guests, and they will be fine toasting with whatever beverage they’ve chosen from the bar.
28. Skip the late night snack.
Sending your guests off with a yummy little nibble may sound like a fun idea, but it’s a cost that you can easily omit, and no one will miss it.
29. Choose less pricey flowers in your bouquet.
Your florist can give you lost of flower cost-effective options that achieve the look you are going for.
30. Re-use decorations from the ceremony at the reception.
You’ve already paid for them, so why not get more use out of them? This includes altar arrangements, unity candle flowers, and bridesmaids bouquets.
31. Pick simple tablecloths.
Many venues provide standard linens at no additional cost. In love with a pricy specialty linen? Use it on just the cake table and sweetheart/head table.
32. Choose flowers that are in-season.
Flowers that are in-season are more abundant, and will cost less than flowers that have to be imported.
33. Choose short centerpieces.
Tall centerpieces are elegant, but often need more flowers to look so grand. More flowers = more cost.
34. Skip the chair covers and sashes.
Unless the chairs are ghastly, save money by not getting covers. Another option is renting resin or samsonite folding chairs. These common chair rental styles often cost less than renting chair covers/sashes.
35. Choose a ceremony venue and/or reception venue that requires little decoration.
Not All Money Saving Ideas Are Good
36. Skip the aisle runner.
In reality, aisle runners don’t enhance the overall look of your ceremony. Save yourself a bit of cash by omitting an aisle runner altogether.
37. Use more greenery and less blooms.
Greenery is elegant, abundant, and less costly that flowers.
38. Use non-florals in your centerpiece design.
Candles, books, bird cages, lanterns, and bowls of fruit are just some non-floral ideas that cost less than a floral arrangement, yet are still pretty and stylish.
39. Borrow a veil.
Borrowing is always cost-friendly. Plus you’ll have your “Something Borrowed” covered.
40. Buy shoes you’ll actually wear again.
Why spend money on shoes you’re only going to wear just once? Save money by choosing a pair that you will be able to wear again and again.
41. Hire a DJ instead of a band.
Simply put, having a DJ costs less than having a band.
42. Skip the limousine.
A fancy ride is fun, but you’re only going to be in it for a relatively short time.
43. Hire a wedding planner.
A wedding planner has the know-how to stay on budget, yet stay stylish with creative alternatives.
44. Have ceremony & reception at same place.
45. Choose a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors.
Not having to use their “short list” of vendors gives you more options.
46. Borrow items.
Not interested in keeping the cake knife/server or toasting glasses? Borrow them.
47. Buy items instead of renting them.
You can purchase just about everything for your wedding, from table linens to vases. What to do with them after the wedding? Sell them of course. These days, many areas have bridal resale shops. Or check out online sites such as Wedding Recycle.
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