Easy Ways to Cut Down Your Budget

Just because you want to have a fabulous wedding doesn’t mean you need to break the bank! There are many ways to pinch those pennies, but the key to having that fabulous wedding is knowing where to spend and where to save. Here are some ways you can keep your costs down without compromising the integrity of the event:

Trim that Guest List: Your cost per head is the biggest expense, so cut out those friends whom you just haven’t seen in awhile.

Choose a Naturally Beautiful Setting: This will help cut down on the cost of additional decor. Enough said.

Find an All-In-One Reception Site: Try to get a place where you can host your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception as it will include the tables, chairs, staff and flatware so you don’t have to bring it in separately.

Have an Early Wedding: Serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or hor d’oeuvres. Plus events earlier in the day mean your guests will drink less and lower your cost.

Speaking of Alcohol…limit your offerings: A simple menu or beer, wine and specialty cocktail are all you really need to get the party going!

Look at Other Dates Besides Saturday: Fridays and Sundays typically run a cheaper rental fee at most locations.

Say Bye-Bye to the Bubbly: Most will be thrown out and some people just don’t care for the stuff, so let them toast to what they are drinking instead.

Find a Great DJ: Swap out a band for DJ. Bands have multiple people they need to pay (not to mention more you’ll pay for the vendor meals) but a single DJ is usually going to be a lot cheaper!

Opt Out of Expensive Printing: Be creative in your design and offset printing will save you tons more than letterpress or engraving.

Skip Favors: How often have you left a wedding without another wine stopper or coaster of the couple? Write a personal note instead!