Dream weddings on your budget!
Updated: Feb 12
10 tips to create your dream wedding on your budget
Dream wedding on your budget!
Today we are going to talk about ways you can save money while planning your wedding. The thing about the wedding industry is that people don’t usually get married all of the time. You don’t know what a good price is and it’s an important day so you are will to spend. That is what a lot of vendors and venues know. SO, it can often feel like you are climbing uphill trying to figure it out. These are just a few tips that will help you save some cash without sacrificing your dream wedding.
Look for an inexpensive venue. Better yet FREE.
Parks, National Parks, Pavilions, Back yards, Large homes on Air BnB, Historic Houses, Park Lodges, VFW, and Small Art Galleries are the cheapest options.
Cut back on paper
Though some invites can be stunning, minimalism is just as beautiful. When ordering invites, you can do things like skip the RSVP card and have guests RSVP on your FREE wedding website or create a Video Save-the-Date. Instead of mailing paper save-the-dates, email guests a fun video you and your future husband made yourselves. You'll save on printing and postage, plus it's a great opportunity to show your personalities!
DIY Your Photo Booth
Forget the photo booth and buy a Fuji Instax or digital Polaroid instead. Set up a photo station with a cute backdrop and ask your guests to leave you a snap with a note. This can double as your guestbook or a favor for friends and family to take home.
Negotiate Meal Prices
The cost of children's meals is often negotiable. If you ask, many caterers will knock kids' plates down by half.
Sign Up for Deals
Scoop up deals by subscribing to vendor newsletters and following them on social media. Keep a lookout for savings and book when the price is in your budge
Less Is More!
Go sparse for centerpieces! Think single stems in clusters of bud vases surrounded by tons of glowing candles. The display looks dramatic and formal without costing you a ton.
Think Small for Cakes
Skip a big tiered cake, which can run in the thousands, and serve simple single-tiered cakes instead. You can have your caterer provide single layers for each table or create a cake buffet where your guests can sample different flavors. You'll still be able to have a cake-cutting moment without the huge cost.
Not a big cake fan? Then don't pay for a pricey dessert you don't even want. Swap a wedding cake for pies, which can cost half as much or replace your dessert table with a sweet candy buffet. You can buy treats in bulk at a wholesale warehouse store and provide pretty bags or containers for guests to fill. Plus, these goodie bags can double as a favor.
Leftover wedding desserts often go to waste. Plan to pack extra sweets in cute boxes and give them to guests. Instafavors! Or ask your caterer to send any remaining treats back to your wedding suite for a late-night snack.
Watch Out for Hidden Costs
Make sure common surcharges like cake-cutting and permit fees are listed in your contract, in addition to anything you might be dinged for after the wedding (extending the evening, property damage, unexpected extra guests, et cetera).
Not Every Vendor Has to Be Local
If vendors in your hometown are too pricey, find a professional you love in a nearby city. Many photographers and videographers (like us) are willing to travel, so don't feel pressured to pay extra for someone local.
Make Your Own Favors
Handmade favors and decorations are appealing and usually cost less than store-bought.