A budget is integral to planning a wedding. However, it’s only once you start selecting venues and vendors that you realize just how expensive a wedding can get. The good news is there are ways to save on wedding costs, ensuring you can stick to your budget and avoid unnecessary debt. We’ve put together a few tips that will help you plan your dream wedding at a cost that works for you.
Many venues and vendors drop their cost during off-peak periods, so you may want to consider an off-peak date for your big day. Weddings are less popular in winter, so decide if you could see yourself getting hitched during the colder months. Another option is to have your wedding on a weekday, which generally also results in lower venue and vendor costs.
When planning a wedding, there is always going to be a list of must-haves and a list of things you would like to have. If you’re finding that you’re quickly reaching your budget limits, it’s time to start getting rid of those nice-to-haves. Even though this isn’t ideal, try and bring your focus back to the significance of the day and what truly matters.
You might love the idea of providing your guests with a selection of entrees, but one really is enough. Food costs can skyrocket really quickly, so if you want to stick to your budget, rather choose one delicious entrée instead of a few. The only time you need to consider more than one is if some of your guests are vegan or vegetarian.
In can be tricky to decide on flowers for your big day, but if you’re on a tight budget, rather stick to blooms that are in season all year round. This includes lilies, roses, baby’s breath, greenery, gardenias, and carnations. This might also mean that you’ll need to be open to new wedding décor ideas and styles.
You may already have a much smaller guest list due to the pandemic, but if your budget seems to be shrinking at a rapid pace, you may want to cut down even further. It’s not ideal to have to cut guests out of your wedding, but if it means staying out of debt, it’s well worth it.
Alcohol can be one of the biggest wedding expenses, so keep an eye on how generous your bar tab is. For couples on a budget, why not stick to one signature cocktail as well as some wine and beer. This way, your guests can still enjoy alcohol and your budget remains in place.
Believe it or not, sometimes all-inclusive destination weddings can really save on costs. Destinations such as the Caribbean or Mexico are popular choices amongst couples on a budget. What’s more, having a destination wedding means you don’t necessarily need to travel anywhere new for your honeymoon.
When it comes to planning a wedding, try not to sweat the small stuff. It is possible to have a beautiful wedding, regardless of how big (or small) your budget is.