Real Brides and Experts Share their Best Wedding Savings Tips:
1. Choose your city wisely – It can affect your catering costs
One bride moved her wedding location from her current town to her home town and saw a huge drop in catering quotes from $140 to only $40 per person. She saved $15,000 on her 150-person guest list.
2. Be picky about your guest list
Keep your head count down and omit children and coworkers. When it comes to couples, invite spouses, fiancés, and live-ins only. Scale down your wedding party as well will mean less money spent on bouquets, boutonnieres, presents, and transportation.
3. Get online
Save money and paper and take your wedding online. Share your wedding details, changes or messages, collect RSVP’s, post a gallery, add a registry, and more through your own custom wedding website. Do your research – there are lots of free versions out there, and others that cost very little, for great savings in the long run.
4. Go bargain hunting
Take your Saturday and cruise yard sales, antique shops, thrift stores, flea markets, etc and find deals on everything from decor pieces to striking a deal on flowers with a local business or farmer.
5. Buy large flowers
If you buy bigger buds you’ll need fewer stems. In “Wedding Chic: The Savvy Bride’s Guide to Getting More While Spending Less”, author Nina Willdorf recommends blooms such as African marigolds, gladiolus, and ‘Stargazer’ lilies, which easily fill a room.
6. Shorten the time of your makeup artist
Many artists charge you by the hour and keeping them around all day can add up very quickly. What you can do is find the best person you afford and have them only do your makeup. Rosemary Redlin, a New York-based makeup artist says “…then ask them to leave a touch-up kit behind. You’ll rack up serious costs by having them stick around for your photo session, when all you will really need are touch-ups”.
7. Its time to hook up your iPod
Martha Stewart Weddings says “One way to have a band and stay on budget? Hire a live act for the dancing portion of the event, and fire up your MP3 player for the rest. It’s easy to program a wedding march as well as a playlist of tunes that will see you through the cocktail hour.”
8. Keep the Champagne bottled
“One of the biggest wastes of money is the Champagne toast: Fifty percent of people won’t touch it, and 25 percent have a sip just because it’s there,” says planner Cianci. Her advice: Keep the bubbly at the bar to serve anyone who asks for it.
9. Cheat a little – Say What?!
What we mean is, if you truly want that fancy designer wedding cake but can’t afford one then just buy a small one for the two of you (put it on display and slice it for the cake-cutting ceremony) then serve a simple sheet cake for your guests to enjoy. Martha Stewart Weddings says “You can buy sheet cakes (from supermarkets) in whatever size and shape you like, and stack them yourself. Use standard cake dowels to keep layers from collapsing, then decorate with thick chocolate shavings or fresh flowers and fruit”.
10. Lose the Limo
“Transportation can be a huge cost,” says Cianci. “One bride, who wasn’t obsessed with having a vintage car to go a mile, borrowed friends’ SUVs to shuttle the bridal party and family. Nobody noticed the difference.”
Content Source: Martha Stewart Weddings