By Audrey Asiegbu | Published on 10/11/22
When you’re in the midst of wedding planning, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and spend more money than you intended. But there are ways to stick to your budget and still have the wedding of your dreams. Here are a few tips:
1. Reduce your guest list.
Think about who you really want to be there on your special day. Do you really need to invite every single person you know? Probably not. Sit down with your fiancé and make a list of who you both really want to be there – and then stick to it.
Don't feel like you have to invite everyone from work. If you have a large office, it's okay to just invite your immediate colleagues – or even skip inviting them altogether. The same goes for extended family members. You don't have to invite every single person you're related to. You can focus on the people who you're closest to.
Reducing your guest list may seem like a daunting task, but it's definitely doable – and it can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. So don't be afraid to trim down that list!
2. Pick an affordable wedding date.
Think about the time of year that you’d like to get married. The peak season for weddings is typically June through August, so if you’re looking to save money, you may want to consider getting married during the off-season. October through April are typically less expensive months to get married. It's important to note that these months may be less expensive, but still highly competitive.
You’ll also want to consider the day of the week that you get married. Saturdays are the most popular day to tie the knot, but they’re also the most expensive. If you’re looking to save money, you may want to consider getting married on a Friday or Sunday.
3. DIY, to an extent.
Put your skills and talents to good use for your wedding! Whether you want to make your own cupcakes or design your partner's wedding website, you'll probably save money by doing some tasks yourself. Make sure not to take on too much; but, if you do some things yourself, you'll be amazed at how much money you can save.
If you're planning your entire wedding yourself, one thing that we do not suggest DIY-ing is your day-of coordination. It's important to hire a professional that will be able to manage your event on the day of. this way you can focus on soaking up the moments and engaging with your guests that came to support you.
4. Set a limit on the alcohol.
If you're looking to save some money on your wedding budget, one of the easiest ways to do so is by limiting the amount of alcohol you serve. Of course, you'll want to make sure there's enough for everyone to enjoy themselves, but offering a limited selection of beer and wine instead of a full bar can really help cut down on costs.
And, if you're worried about your guests being unhappy with the limited options, just remember that most people only drink one or two drinks anyway – so they're not likely to notice (or care) if there's only beer and wine available.
Plus, limiting the alcohol can actually help create a more fun and festive atmosphere – since your guests will be less likely to get disorderly.
5. Reuse and repurpose.
Home decor can be a great way to save money in a wedding budget. By using home decor items that you already have, or by shopping for bargains at garage sales and thrift stores, you can easily save hundreds of dollars on your wedding decorations.
Just be sure to take the time to plan ahead and choose decorations that will complement your wedding theme and style. With a little creativity, you can have beautiful, stylish wedding decorations without spending a fortune on a decorator or decor rentals.
6. Use fresh flowers sparingly.
While they may look beautiful in photos, fresh flowers can quickly add up in cost. And, they only last a few days. So, if you're looking to save money on your wedding flowers, consider using them sparingly. Use them as accent pieces or use silk flowers instead of fresh ones for the majority of your arrangements.
Not only will this save you money, but it'll also help your wedding flowers last longer. So, you can enjoy them long after your wedding day is over.
7. Choose a naturally beautiful location.
Choosing a naturally beautiful location for your wedding can save you a lot of money in your wedding budget. You won't have to spend money on decorations or flowers, and you'll likely get a discount on your venue rental. Plus, your guests will love being able to enjoy the beauty of nature on your big day.
8. Borrow and thrift.
Instead of purchasing new decorative items for the ceremony and reception, consider borrowing from friends or family members who may already have what you need. This can help you save on both the cost of the items themselves and on shipping or rental fees.
You can find a wedding dress at a consignment shop or to borrow one from a friend or family member. This can be a great way to get a designer dress at a fraction of the cost.
Consider borrowing any necessary wedding items that you may not use again, such as table linens or vases. This can help you save both money and storage space.
9. Be your own DJ.
Not only will this save you money on hiring a professional, but it also gives you complete control over the music played on your big day. So whether you want to fill the dance floor with classic party hits or create a more intimate atmosphere with some soft background music, you can do it all yourself.
Plus, it’s a lot easier than you might think. With today’s technology, anyone can be a DJ – no experience necessary. There are plenty of online resources and tutorial videos that can walk you through the process, step by step. This is a great way to personalize your big day and keep costs down.
10. Hire a wedding planner.
Hiring a wedding planner can save money in a wedding budget by allowing couples to take advantage of discounts for services and vendors, as well as negotiating contracts. A wedding planner can also help to keep the overall cost of the wedding down by helping to choose cost-effective options for the ceremony and reception.
As you begin planning your wedding, it's important to keep an eye on your budget. There are a lot of ways to save money on your wedding without sacrificing quality or style. With a little creativity and some research, you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.
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