We know that the Holidays are a popular time to get engaged. For those of you planning your wedding details over Christmas break, I wanted to provide a few money saving tips.
There are a few things about your wedding that you should never scrimp on: such as your venue, dress, and photographer. These basic elements are the backbone of this special day, and should be highly valued. These money-saving tips are easy and will not decrease the value of your wedding day.
1. Use bridesmaids bouquets as reception centerpieces. Unfortunately, all of the flowers from your wedding will eventually die, so why not save as much as you can on this temporary beauty?
2. Electronic Save-the-dates. We may not be ready to go electronic with our invitations, but save the dates are intended to be less formal. This can save you hundreds on paper, printing, and postage costs.
3. Have your wedding during an “off” time. There are two ways to interpret this:
a. Have your wedding during an off season (January-April). Most venues (such as Pratt Place Inn and Barn) have huge discounts during this time of year. Many other vendors, such as photographers and caterers will also work with your budget during the off season.
b. Have your wedding during an “off” time of day. So many weddings are held at 6pm, with a reception following. If this is the case, your guests will be expecting dinner. If you have your wedding at 3pm, your guests shouldn’t be quite as hungry. Or have your wedding at 7:30, with only a dessert reception. These time changes can save you lots on the catering bill!
4. Peruse garage sales for decorative items. Antique, mismatched vases, china, and linens can make for a gorgeous reception set-up. Garage sales are normally advertised in the paper on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Gotta be an early bird for this one!
5. Enter Sweepstakes. True, the daily advertisement emails can get frustrating, but the chance of winning free honeymoon airfare is worth it! Almost every bridal magazine or wedding vendor promotes some sort of sweepstakes. Five minutes is all it takes to enter your information. Someone has to win the free photography package or bridal bouquet. Why can’t it be you?
6. Ask for favors. Know a friend studying photography? Ask to enhance her portfolio by letting her shoot your wedding. Does the groom’s grandmother make a mean chocolate cake? Ask if she would be willing to do the groom’s cake. Most people enjoy being involved with the wedding of their loved ones, and would be flattered and happy you asked for their help.
7. Cut down your guest list. This can be one of the hardest decisions for many couples. Who do you invite to your wedding? It can be difficult to keep the wedding about you, the couple, at this point. Everyone has a different opinion and perspective on the guest list situation, but one thing is for sure: Less people = less money spent. Fewer guests saves money on numerous aspects of the wedding, such as invitations, food, alcohol, and rentals.
8. Last but not least: Borrow, borrow, borrow. Using a friend’s, sister’s, or mothers’ accessories can save you several hundred dollars. Items such as a veil, a garter, and shoes can push you over budget. Instead of just one “something borrowed,” you can have several borrowed pieces, from many special people in your life.
These tips may not be for everyone, but I wanted to provide some money-saving suggestions for those working on wedding plans over the holidays. I would love to hear your suggestions! What money saving tips do you have for a wedding?