How to Save Money on a Wedding: 10 Creative Ways to Get Hitched for Less
Let’s face it, weddings are usually an expensive deal, but they don’t have to be if you’re willing to think outside the box. Let these tips and tricks help you discover how to save money on a wedding by making it less formal and more personal.
1. First off, STOP thinking of it as a ‘wedding’ and more as a ‘PARTY’! It may just be semantics, but can you feel a difference? The minute you say ‘wedding’, most people think dollar signs. Also, ‘weddings’ tend to focus on the formalities, such as centerpieces, attire, flowers, etc., instead of the relaxed FUN that the word ‘party’ conjures up. Isn’t that what it’s REALLY all about anyway? FUN?
2. Considering the wedding timeline, you could plan a more last-minute wedding. This will help you from getting sucked into the wedding-spending vortex. Less time equals less money spent. Another option is to get married in the off-wedding season and then to really save, choose any day or evening other than Saturday to get hitched as Saturday is THE most expensive day to tie the knot.
3. D.I.Y. EVERYTHING from the invitations, placement cards, favors, wedding cake, dress, decorations, flowers or anything else you think you could do on your own. DIY’ing everything does take a considerable amount of time, so don’t forget to ask for assistance from your lovely family or loyal friends and followers;) Look online at some ‘how-to’ sites or check out Pinterest if you’re stuck for ideas.
4. The Venue. Choose something that is non-traditional, i.e. public areas like parks, beaches and historical landmarks, wide-open spaces owned by someone you know, your parents’ backyard or a friend or relative’s cottage. Even if you had to rent an event tent or two and some other supplies, you’d still be way ahead. When it comes to how to save money on a wedding, this one is probably the easiest.
5. The Dress. Sample sales are great for finding designer dresses for up to 70% off! Otherwise, rent, borrow or purchase second-hand. If this doesn’t float your boat, check Target.com, Sears.com, JCPenney.com, or Walmart.com where you can get additional savings through the Dubli online cashback portal.
6. The Flowers. Go seasonal and local if you can and keep your bouquet simple and thus, timeless.
7. The Music. Create your own personalized playlist and then use an iPod instead of hiring a DJ or live band. Just borrow or rent some great speakers and you’re set! For a more personal touch, ‘friend-source’ a singer or two and maybe a guitarist or a pianist to play during the ceremony.
“Now that you know how to save money on a wedding, remember that getting married is about celebrating the beginning or your life together. Don’t be guilted into spending more than your budget allows…”
8. The Liquor. Try a ‘pay-bar’ instead of an ‘open-bar’. $2.00 per drink will help to offset the cost of alcohol. If you’d rather not do this, then do box wine and a keg and have them both self-serve. You can always decant the wine instead of serving it from the box.
9. The Food. Buffets are much cheaper than plate dinners. You also could opt for a pot-luck reception depending on the number of guests — with too many people, it may turn into an organizing nightmare, so be warned. Consider a dessert bar with many cake options pre-cut, instead of a traditional wedding cake.
10. The Photographer. Try a less expensive photo package first off or if you really want to save, ‘friend-source’ this task by asking a few friends with good cameras and who know a thing or two about taking a good pic, to capture a certain part of the wedding, but not all of it so they don’t feel like they are ‘working’. You could also ask your guests to upload any wedding pics they took to your Flickr account, google drive account, drop box, etc.
Now that you know how to save money on a wedding, remember that getting married is about celebrating the beginning or your life together. Don’t be guilted into spending more than your budget allows — remember the ‘wedding-spending vortex’. Don’t be nervous about breaking with tradition either…you might just have more fun! Decide what you value as a couple and stick to that, regardless of anyone else’s judgement.
If this doesn’t work, elope.