It’s no secret that the cost of living is rising, and with everything becoming more expensive, that includes weddings. Sometimes the cost of things can get out of hand, and before you know it, you’ve blown over budget, which can cause significant heartache for many couples.
We’ve always preached about making informed financial decisions, finding a budget, and sticking to it. With this guide, we want to take it one step further and help reduce the overall cost of your wedding by giving you some simple ways to save money on your wedding day by showcasing the specific aspects of your wedding that can have their costs reduced, or in some cases, removed.
Stationary: One way to cut down costs is to opt to forego printing out your invitations, save-the-date cards, etc., and instead send these digitally. You can do this in several ways, even for those who aren’t too tech-savvy. For example, you can google ‘save-the-date template cards for weddings’ (or replace save-the-date with invitation), and there are dozens, if not hundreds, of great templates for you that require you to put the information like venue, date, time, or any relevant information that relates to it.
Guest List: Sometimes, you’ve got to keep the guest list very limited. Guests can take up a large portion of your budget, so cutting it down, keeping it minimal, and planning around a smaller guest list will save you a lot of money. There are many ways to take this further, including opting for a smaller venue with less capacity, fewer meals being prepared, fewer seating arrangements and wedding favours, and much more.
Wedding Dates: Choosing a wedding date in the off-peak times or on weekdays will always lead to a discounted price because most venues rarely get booked out on weekdays or over specific periods of the year, like December.
Wedding Vendors: Hiring local wedding vendors is often much more cost-effective, as they won’t require you to pay them travel fees. If you’re having a location wedding, your venue will typically have a list of preferred vendors, but as always, do your research to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Another great way to get more for your money is to work with vendors that offer multiple services. For example, some vendors will do catering but also have a bubble tea cart or ice cream cart and provide Photo Booth services. While you don’t specifically need to go with an option like that, it’s more about finding vendors that offer ‘two-or-more for one’ kind of deals.
Wedding Venue: Choosing visually stunning wedding venues that require little to no styling can save you a lot of money. Choosing a venue equipped with all of the naturally gorgeous elements that will make your wedding day special is more cost-effective than opting for bare venues that require a lot of expensive styling pieces.
Food & Drink: When you’re fine-tuning the menu and beverages for your wedding, limiting the options can significantly cut costs. Examples of this include only having beer & wine, not spirits or other types of alcohol, and then water and one or two types of soft drink or juice, etc., so that you can bulk-buy the items without needing to buy large quantities of dozens of different options, only to be left with half of it after the wedding. This also extends to your food menu options. Keeping the food options down, for example, by only offering each guest one of two options for their meal, will allow you to streamline the food process and cut down costs.
Opting for seasonal food (and florals) is another great hack for keeping costs down—it’s always going to raise the price of something if it requires importation. Also, venues that are ‘BYO’ (bring your own) alcohol is a great option too. You can bulk-buy alcohol when it’s on special and take it to your venue, keeping the costs down from other alternatives like an open bar.