We know that planning a wedding can be stressful. For every bride-to-be, the stress can come not only from finding the perfect dress or venue or even a wonderful décor for this special day, but it can also come from finding great prices without giving up on quality or breaking the budget. We’ve looked at several leading industries professionals’ opinions and advice on the matter (such as Bridal Guide, Martha Stewart Weddings, and more) and here’s what we were able to gather.
Headcount – Another area you can cut and save is the guest list. This can be a bit of a challenge though, since no one wants to be left out of a great party. To make things easier, try using the following rule from Martha Stewart Weddings; Omit children and coworkers (making cuts categorically is less likely to cause rifts); and when it comes to couples, invite spouses, fiancés, and live-ins only.
Keep the numbers down for your wedding party as well: Fewer attendants means less money spent on bouquets, boutonnieres, presents, and transportation.
Venue – Most venues have discounted prices from Sunday to Thursday or Friday. So you can skip the weekend wedding if you’re flexible with your date, get a wonderful venue while saving a ton of money in the process.
Booking a Thursday wedding date for example can save you thousands not only on the venue rental but also on food because of lower food and beverage minimums, and “switching the day of the week can reduce your budget in more ways than one.
Having a Thursday rehearsal dinner with a Friday wedding will be much more inexpensive than a Friday rehearsal dinner for a Saturday wedding and the same is true for the wedding itself. Vendors charge less for Friday and Sunday weddings than they do for Sunday weddings.
In the same way, having a daytime versus a nighttime ceremony and reception is much less expensive. You can choose to have a brunch instead of a plated evening dinner. You will also save on lighting and seating with a daytime celebration by limiting seating with a cocktail setting so your guests can mingle.
Last but not least, finding a venue that can accommodate both the ceremony and reception instead of hosting them at different locations. Most venues already provide bridal suites to accommodate the bridal party at no extra cost.
One thing to keep in mind though is that you should always rank your priorities and determine what’s important to you.