Let's pretend for a second we all have unlimited amounts of money to spend on our wedding. Glowing fairy lights adorning extravagant flower arches, a decadent 5 tiered cake being cut on the marble dance floor, and a dress fit for the queen...or perhaps Kate Middleton. For those lucky enough to be able to throw this fantasy wedding, I envy you and I'll be waiting by the mailbox for my invite. For the rest of us however, I want to give a few tips on how to stay in your budget, whatever that may be.
1. Hire a Planner
Too pushy? Maybe, but there's a reason many couples decide to go with a wedding planner. Not only do they help ease your stress so you can actually enjoy the wedding process, but they've also had time to build relationships with vendors. A planner can give suggestions on the best bakery within your budget, trim the cost of lighting through innovative design, and even negotiate the cost of your floral arrangements.
2. Focus on What Matters to You
Are you a cake girl? A flower guy? A music couple? Just because you're working with a tight budget doesn't mean you have to compromise on everything. If you know you'll die without having a specific band play the song to your first dance, call them to ask for a quote. Zero in on what you absolutely must have, and allot the remainder of your budget accordingly. You might even be surprised to find something was less expensive than what you were planning on!
3. Ditch the Floral Installations
Don't worry, I'm not telling you to ditch all of the flowers. The bouquets, the boutonnieres, the petals thrown in the air to create a breathtaking picture, those are all things you'll remember years down the road. While the grandiose table arrangements are absolutely breathtaking, they can cost a fortune. Instead, try peppering the table with small arrangements or inexpensive greenery and candles. Everyone will be too busy dancing to miss the extravagant designs, and your tables will look beautifu
4. DIY, DIY
No, I'm not talking about construction paper and Elmer's glue sticks. A huge part of your budget goes into the labor of the vendors you hire. While you can't help your florist with the arrangements, you can cut costs by offering to help vendors in other areas. Save on stationery costs by offering to package and mail the envelopes yourself. Were you blessed with the gift of delicate handwriting? Try doing your own calligraphy. Get a small cake for the bridal party and have a family member bake a cake like Mike and Jackie did. Ask the best man to pick up the tablecloths to save on delivery costs.
5. Choose an Off-Season Wedding Date
Unless you have your heart set on tying the knot on a warm June evening, consider a winter or spring wedding. There's not as much demand in November, January, March, or April as there is in September, so vendors tend to give discounts. Having a wedding during one of these months is the best way to save. Plus, who wouldn't want a blanket of snow as their winter wonderland wedding backdrop? If you absolutely MUST have a beautiful July wedding, try choosing a weekday instead of a weekend. While it may not be as inexpensive as an off-season wedding, you’ll definitely save a pretty penny.