Trying to find ways to save money for weddings is something that every bride and groom do, regardless of the size or style. The good news is that with a good budget and a little ingenuity, you can plan the most amazing wedding without going bankrupt. The key is to know how and to keep all your options open.
First, instead of choosing a large, elaborate wedding, you might think of having a smaller, more intimate wedding with just your closest family members and friends. Then, complement the wedding ceremony with an informal reception ata private home with a swimming pool, the lake, your local park, or the beach. The thing is that even small weddings and informal receptions can be magnificent simply by switching your options.
Another excellent way to save money is to talk to your local hotels, restaurants, a winery, or museum and ask if they offer wedding packages. Most will and in the package, you will enjoy everything you need to include the decorations for the ceremony and reception, photographer, food, musicians, the wedding cake, flowers, and so on. Additionally, these package deals will usually include the gratuity so all the guesswork is eliminated.
You might also look for bargain bands, florists, caterers, and other vendors. To accomplish this, you might need to be willing to do a little bartering but in exchange you will generally get a reduction in price. Generally, vendors are eager to get your business and if they understand your budget, most will work with you to create the best things for your wedding without paying full price. One option is to do comparison-shopping; you can then tell one vendor that you were offered a better price somewhere else with the hope that they will meet that price or better it. Finally, the following tips are other ways in which to save money. Many times, these options are overlooked.
- Borrow the wedding gown or rent one from a vintage or bridal shop
- Make your own floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnières
- Buy flowers from a wholesaler, or at least from a local company
- Change the time of year for your wedding to the fall or winter, when prices are lower
- Set the time of wedding for the morning instead of the evening
- Choose a non-alcoholic wedding
- Set up food stations instead of offering guests a full, sit-down meal