Just say the magic word “wedding” and it feels like money immediately begins to fly out of your pocket. A wedding is easily the most expensive party you will ever throw, but fear not budget-conscious brides and grooms, there are actually a few simple ways to save some dollars while still having the wedding of your dreams.
1) Choose a Friday/Sunday or Off-Season vs In-Season:
Many, if not most, venues have minimums for the prime wedding day of the week: Saturdays. Many also have minimums depending on the time of year you are interested in. Popular months for “warmer” locations such as Florida & California are October & November, February, March, and April. For more northern locations, April-October are the favored months. Opt for an off-season month to try and get a lower minimum or lower set-up fees/rental fees, etc. Or, choose a Friday or Sunday to also keep the minimums at bay.
2) Select a Venue That Has Everything Included:
By everything included, we mean choosing a venue that provides your tables, chairs, linens, catering, and banquet staff. This can be significantly cheaper than outsourcing all of those items and paying a higher price for the delivery, set-up, and breakdown of it all.
3) Opt for Non-Floral Centerpieces:
While we will always have a soft spot for huge, towering floral arrangements, opting for non-floral centerpieces can be just as gorgeous but won’t break the bank. Some popular non-floral centerpieces we have seen lately: lanterns, candles, fruit arrangements, green & leafy arrangements (very in right now, too!), vintage china/teacups, wine bottles, and terrariums to name a few!
4) Dessert, Dessert, Dessert:
Multi-tiered cakes are definitely a delicious and beautiful wedding tradition, but they also come at a cost! Choosing to go with cupcakes, mini desserts, or donuts could end up saving you a few hundred dollars, believe it or not! Another option is going with a smaller wedding cake (for “cake cutting” purposes) and providing a sheet cake to be cut and served to your guests. Just as delicious but a lot more cost effective. Your guests will never know the difference.
5) Go for the DJ, NOT the band:
A band is usually significantly more pricey than DJ services because you are essentially hiring more people. A DJ can run you anywhere from $800 to upwards of $1500 (depending on what you are asking of them, i.e. uplighting, emcee, etc), whereas wedding band pricing can start at $2000 and up.