10 Ways to Save Money on a Wedding (from the Mother of the Bride)
My daughter is getting married soon. We don’t have a date just yet. She is almost done with graduate school and then I’m fairly certain that we will be planning a wedding together. We have spoken about it often and I think it is going to be one of the most wonderful things we’ve ever done together. It will be so much fun to pick out flowers and place settings and all of the other pretty things that will add to her special day. What isn’t fun is the price tag! That’s why I came up with 10 ways to save money while we plan her wedding. Weddings are great, but they shouldn’t put you in the poor house!
10 Ways to Save Money and Keep the Wedding Beautiful
Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the overall beauty of the big day. When you think about it, there are many little extras that you don’t really need to make a wedding beautiful and memorable. My 10 ways to save money focus on reduction or elimination of wedding extras that might be cute but aren’t necessarily required.
I spoke with my friend Raquel, a savvy blogger who publishes Organized Island. Her daughter is getting married very soon as she gave me her advice for the first 3 ways to save money on a wedding.
- Consider having the wedding on a day other than Saturday. Most venues are considerably cheaper on Friday or Sunday. A Friday evening wedding can be just as spectacular as a Saturday evening wedding.
- Look for wedding dresses at sample sales and non-bridal stores. You may still have to pay for alterations, but you will save a lot on the initial cost of the dress.
- Check out items at your local dollar store.They have a wedding section with lots of great packaged decor items for just a dollar each.
Here are a few more ways to save money on a wedding:
- Establish a budget and make a pact to stick to it. Rank you priorities and talk about what can be compromised, down-sized or skipped.
- Consider using a wedding planner or coordinator who is comfortable with your budget. Not only can they take care of many of the details so you can enjoy your special day, they can often make suggestions about vendors and ways to cut costs.
- In addition to holding your wedding on a day other than Saturday, look to the off-season. A wedding in the fall, winter or spring can be just as lovely as a summer wedding and you can expect to save about 15% during the off-season.
- Book your venue first, before you send out your “save the date” announcements. Popular wedding venues can book up a year in advance. You don’t want to “save the date” and then pay top dollar to secure a venue out of desperation.
- Ask friends and family for recommendations and enlist their talents if they offer. Do you know someone who can make table decorations, print your invitations, or do hair or makeup?
- Whittle down that attendance list. The less people you have, the less you have to pay per person at the reception. Decide if you are going to allow children and guests for single attenders. Also keep the head count down for the number of attendants in your bridal party.
- Consider only serving beer and wine and perhaps a signature cocktail at the reception. Having an open bar can really make the cost soar.
As you can see, it’s all about paring down without sacrificing the overall feel. Do you really need the extra super fancy table setting or the gilt-encrusted whatever? Probably not. If you follow these 10 ways to save money, you’ll have a wedding that is both beautiful and affordable.
If you have already planned a wedding, how did you save money? Do you have some things you would do differently to cut costs?