So you’re finally engaged? Congratulations! It’s now time to start planning for your big day and it’s no secret that weddings can be crazy expensive, even a simple intimate celebration can cost you hundreds of dollars. Here are some great tips to help you save and lessen your wedding expenses.
#1 DIY PROJECTS
A creative way to save money is to consider DIY projects. Create your own decor that can be used around your venues, or bake your own cake (or if you know someone in your family or friends that is good at baking – ask them if they’d like to help!). Go ahead and try the DIY route because why spend thousands of dollars on a wedding cake or on a decor when you can manage much of that on your own?
#2 BORROW ITEMS
Instead of renting items from the fancy decor place which can be costly, ask your relatives, friends, or even your neighbors if you can borrow some items that you need for that one day.
#3 RENT YOUR WEDDING ATTIRE
If you hate buying something that you’ll only use once, it might be a good idea to rent your wedding attire that allows you also to save budget while still wearing a beautiful dress/suit down the aisle. In fact, there are many wedding rental services online with a wide range of design options.
#4 GET A DUAL PURPOSE VENUE
Consider having only one venue for both ceremony and reception which can often be cheaper than having two separate venues.
#5 SKIP FANCY CHAMPAGNE
Only a few guests will know the difference between cheap and fancy bottles of champagne so skip the pricey bottles. After all, your guests can still raise a glass with whatever is inside!
#6 VENDORS WITH A LA CARTE OPTIONS
There’s a lot of vendors like photographers and videographers that offer different packages. But sometimes, you don’t really need everything that is included in the packages; maybe you only need one photographer that will cover four hours at your reception. Ask your vendors about what a la carte options they can provide you so you don’t end up overspending on items you don’t really need.
#7 DIY YOUR WEDDING INVITES!
Most of the time, wedding invitations end up in the trash after (sometimes before!) your wedding, so there’s no reason to overspend on it. You can create your own invites especially if you’re having a wedding on a smaller scale and you’ve got the time.
#8 CONSIDER DATE YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED
If you’re willing to get married outside of the wedding season, you are going to be very pleased with different discounts many halls provide. Saturdays are the most popular days and are highly in demand – which makes them the hardest days to get a deal on.