These days the average cost of a wedding can be anywhere between $25,000 - $35,000. Yes, this is one of the biggest days of your life, but that is still a nice chunk of change to be spent on one day. If you're on a budget or just looking for some ways to save some of that dough, I have a few tips that may be helpful.
Now, my suggestions may not be for everyone. We all have those specific things we just won't sacrifice on. It's up to you to decide what those things are, but hopefully you can find some inspiration from some of these cost savers.
1. Timing is everything!
Many venues offer lower rates for Friday weddings and even lower for weddings during the week. Consider having a Monday wedding and having your guests arrive the weekend before and make a 3 day celebration of your wedding. Also selecting a wedding date that isn't during "wedding season" can also save some serious green. Picking a day in September rather than June could dramatically lower your venue cost.
2. Be a Savvy Shopper...
You can also cut costs by purchasing a sample dress at your bridal shop or checking out trunk shows for deals. I recommend following pages like "Brides of North Texas," they are always posting events on the next trunk show, or you can just search "trunk shows" in your area and you should be able to find plenty. Opting for a "pre-loved" wedding dress is another option that could save you big!
The food is no doubt an important piece of your wedding day. However, there are some options that are more cost efficient. Buffet style is less costly than plated dinners for sure, so that is one obvious route you could go. Choosing to do a brunch wedding is a great choice too. Who doesn't love brunch!?
Another route you could go is a pot luck style dinner. I attended a wedding a few years back where the couple chose to do this. Admittedly, I wasn't so sure how this would turn out, but it worked out fine. The couple had a page on their wedding website where guests could sign up and post what they were bringing. There was a wide variety of food to try and I definitely had plenty to eat that night. If you have a lot of great cooks in your family, this might be a good option.
4. Save room for dessert...
I can't tell you how much cake is often left over at the end of the night. Selecting different desserts instead such as the popular donut stand, or maybe the couples favorite pies not only provides guests with more of a selection, but is a lot less expensive than a large detailed cake.
*If you don't want to skip out on the cake, consider ordering a small two tier cake for your cake table and the cake cutting photo op, but also have a large sheet cake to cut and pass out to guests.
5. Go Green!
Flowers are easily one of the biggest costs of your wedding. Selecting flowers that are in season will help your budget significantly. Gerbera Daisies, carnations, and hydrangeas are great money saving choices. Your florist will be able to give you more options as well. Also, Filling your centerpieces and decor with more greenery will help to keep your flower costs down...and it looks beautiful! I'm definitely a fan of lots of greenery in floral arrangements!
Hope you found some of these tips helpful!
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