First comes love, then comes paying for the wedding. Weddings are a magical event, filled with love and happiness, but they’re also a major money suck. When you’re in the throes of planning a wedding, costs can quickly add up and before you know it you’ve busted your wedding budget. The challenge facing most couples comes in finding ways to reduce your wedding cost without your guests being able to tell that you’ve saved on some of the trimmings.
Before you go into panic mode, know that there are ways you can shrink your big-day bill without dashing your wedding dreams. The following tips will help you with a few ways to smartly cut costs without sacrificing grand style on your big day.
CHOOSE INEXPENSIVE FILLER FLOWERS
Flowers are one of the easiest ways to fill and decorate a wedding venue, but can also be among the priciest. Keep your table and aisle arrangements simple and stick to a neutral colour palette to give off an elegant vibe, while keeping your budget in check. Opting for inexpensive blooms like hydrangeas, baby’s breath or carnations for your wedding florals can save you hundreds without sacrificing on style. These flowers cost considerably less than other more popular wedding flowers and are generally available all year long.
Another top tip for keeping florals at a minimum is by choosing flowers that are in-season, as they will be more readily available.
MAKE YOUR OWN INVITATIONS
Here’s a top tip from the experts: Most guests couldn’t care less about other couples’ wedding invitations. Your guests will probably never even notice the beautifully trimmed edges and gold leaf that cost you an extra $2 per invite. Therefore, they probably also won’t know if you’ve made your invitations yourself.
Even if you’re not a trained graphic designer, there are plentiful online resources created with the DIY bride in mind! From save the dates to wedding programs, the paper designs of your dream are often just a quick internet (or Pinterest) search away.
TRIM YOUR WEDDING GUEST LIST
Without a doubt, one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding is the guest list and at some stage in your wedding-planning process, you’ll undoubtedly have to cut it back. Each time you add a name to your invitation list, you’re increasing your budget significantly. It’s not just the catering costs, but also the extra centrepieces, favours, rentals, etc.
You can almost count on disagreements arising from this cost cutting exercise, but if you can master the art of give and take during your wedding planning, you’re off to a good start to your marriage. To assist in avoiding or at least minimizing arguments, you and your spouse-to-be should remain calm, respectful and understanding to each other’s feelings about the guest list and making tough decisions regarding who’s invited together and not against each other.
HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER OR COORDINATOR TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY
Hiring a wedding planner or coordinator is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood money saving tactics for reducing your wedding budget. When the budget is already stretched thin, it hardly makes sense to add another expense and have somebody coordinate something you can handle on your own. However, what many couples don’t know is that working with a wedding professional can actually help to save you a significant amount of money via their own industry knowledge and contants — and at the same time they can also take away the stresses that go along with planning a wedding, so you can focus on the fun part!
Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you save money on your big day!