Okay I cannot tell you how excited I am for writing about weddings! My fingers cannot type fast enough! Yes I am that girl, I love weddings and have had mine planned since I was thirteen. Don’t worry I am nowhere near Katherine Heigl’s character in 27 Dresses- I have only been a bridesmaid in two weddings and I only have the dress for one of them because it’s so true- I can shorten it and use it again! I keep it more because it was for my sister’s wedding, and it is very gorgeous.
But I digress. I am here to focus on saving you money; it seems to be my specialty. First and foremost, you need to figure out what wedding you want to have. Are you like me, someone who knows everything they would like down to the last detail, or are you more the type that never thought about their wedding before and kind of figures it out as the day comes? Both are fine, but have different ways of saving money.
There are lots of things to consider when planning a wedding: when do you want it, where do you want it held, who (you should have already covered the “who” part when you said ‘yes’, but this also means who do you want to come), how many people attending and how many are in your wedding party? If you need advice on any of these, check out the articles written by our awesome staff!
First let’s look at the when. If you don’t have a specific time already figured out, look at when the wedding season is (which is the time when everyone chooses to get married) and go for the opposite. Venues, flowers, cakes- everything is cheaper when it’s off-season. If you don’t mind what season you get married then compare the prices of things based on different months. It could surprise you how much they change.
Now the where. Would you like it to be indoors? Outdoors? On a boat? On a bridge? There are lots of places to have a wedding. Think outside the box; if you’re not into the traditional idea of a wedding – the dress, walking down the aisle, first dance together, cutting the cake experience- there is no law saying you have to have it. People have exchanged their vows right before bungee jumping off a bridge, or had their guest jog 6km up to the priest to say their vows (in both cases money was definitely saved). If you and your spouse are not into the traditional way, think outside the box, have fun with it! Do what you both love, because that is basically what the day is about, love.
When choosing a venue, a good idea is to look at a place that offers both the ceremony and the reception in the same place. I know people that have tried to save money by holding the ceremony at the venue of their choice at an expensive rate, then held the reception at a place for cheap but was outside of the city and the guests had to drive up to 2 hours to get there. Yes, you might be saving money, but the guests who just gave you a very expensive gift (on top of the money they spent for your Jack and Jill or bridal shower) have to spend even more money on gas to get to where they are going, and they might even need to rent a hotel for the night. I know that it is not all about them but come on, that is asking a lot! You want your wedding to be remembered on a happy note by people not as a reference in an article for what not to do!
Look at buying a venue on the off wedding season; you can get a little more bang for your buck. They are not in such high demand where they can offer high prices and have a line up of people waiting and willing to buy their best day! You can also look into holding receptions at hotels, they offer better rates then some venues and they can offer discounts for your out-of-towners. It also makes it easier for people to have fun and not stress over how they are getting to where they are going and or getting lost.
I could go on forever about this, but let’s face it too much too soon can be overwhelming for some. So I will space my tips out between articles. Stay tuned!