(1) Cut That Guest List
The easiest and most efficient way to slice your wedding budget is to shrink your guest list. Food and beverage costs are charged per person, and whether you choose to serve filet and caviar or vegetable pasta and chicken wings, the cost is going to multiply by the number you are feeding. Fewer guests mean more money available for a luxurious honeymoon or a down payment on a house.
(2) Consider the Time
The most desirable dates and times are Saturday evenings during peak wedding months (June-October), and they also have the highest price tags. Consider throwing your bash during the off-season (November-March) or on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. In addition, try just having a cocktail reception or desserts only, this will save you a ton of money and can be equally elegant.
(3) Enhance Your Surroundings
Extensive décor is not necessary when Mother Nature does the work for you. A springtime garden wedding doesn’t needs additional floral arrangements and an ornate church may be breathtaking on its own. Many facilities are decorated for the holidays, so holding a December wedding may provide you with gorgeous poinsettias and garland free-of-cost.
(4) Think Double Duty
Bridesmaids’ bouquets and ceremony arrangements can be transplanted as décor at your reception as a cake table enhancement or even on a fireplace mantle. Additionally, favors can be displayed as centerpieces for your guests to take home at the end of the night. Aside from cutting down on waste, you’ll also get the most bang for your buck.
(5) Enlist a Pro
Hiring a wedding coordinator can help you save a ton! We work within your budget and our network of preferred vendors to help you not start your new life together in debt. Call us today for more information.