How to Cut Wedding Costs
Everyone knows how expensive weddings can be, and it is easy to get caught up in the spending. However, there are definitely areas you can cut costs without compromising too much. In this article, we will look at some cost-cutting options to save you some money on your big day.
Areas to Cut Wedding Expenses and Costs
The cost of meals is often a large portion of the wedding budget. A lot of the time it is under budgeted in the initial planning of the wedding, and the overall costs can get out of hand quickly. When considering what sort of meal you should serve, keep in mind that banquet style meals are the least expensive option and table service the most.
Having an open bar is incredibly expensive as well. Having guest buy drink tickets is a better option, and having a few bottles of wine at the tables is a good way to offer a few drinks to all guests while saving some money. Bottling your own wine, with personalized labels, can make the wine both a complementary drink as well as a decoration.
The venue you choose is obviously very important both in terms of the overall feel of your wedding and the impact on your budget. One thing to remember is that outdoor weddings are more expensive in general than wedding banquet halls. Also while renting a venue. Make sure you do not rent a venue larger than you need, as it is a waste of money. Often times wedding venues have more than one reception room to choose from, so pick the one that closes reflects your guest list size
Decorating wedding banquet halls can be both expensive and daunting. There are a lot of resources online for templates and ideas, so be sure to do some research before going overboard on costs. Asking your creative friends to help you decorate is a good idea too. Your friends will like to be involved in your big day. Just be sure to not be too demanding with your friends, and keep in mind that they volunteered their help, you did not hire them.
Most brides place a lot of pressure on finding the perfect dress, despite the cost. If this is the case, consider wedding dress rentals. There are a lot of online stores that rent out designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost of buying. Same can be done for bridesmaid’s dresses and grooms wear.
Another option is to look at thrift stores. You can often find wedding dresses for under 50$ there, and while they are often outdated, you can get them custom fitted and redesigned by professional tailors. You would then have a completely unique dress for well under 500$
You could also consider allowing your bridesmaids the freedom to buy their own dresses, with the condition that the dresses be the same colour and length.
From shopping around for appropriate wedding banquet halls to DIY decorations, there are many ways to cut costs for your big day. Every dollar you save can go toward starting your marriage off on the right financial foot.