5 Ways to Save Money for Your Wedding Day

A little creativity can go a long way when it comes to stretching your budget.

A little creativity can go a long way when it comes to stretching your budget.

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:

Non floral centerpieces can mean lanterns, assorted vases, candles, or any creative and personal items you love.

Non floral centerpieces can mean lanterns, assorted vases, candles, or any creative and personal items you love.

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:

Assorted dessert tables not only add a cool design aspect to your wedding, but can also help cut costs.

Assorted dessert tables not only add a cool design aspect to your wedding, but can also help cut costs.

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:

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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.