With so many purchases to make for your wedding, saving money on various elements is one of the most pressing issues many young couples are thinking about. Almost every part of your special day is full of expensive items that need to be purchased, so shaving a few items off the list or saving on some money when buying them is a crucial to staying within your budget. Fortunately, there are a tips and tricks when it comes to saving money on your wedding and I will go over a handful of my favorites.
CHOOSING YOUR VENUES
One of the most expensive portions of your wedding is going to be the cost of renting your ceremony venue and reception hall. The best way to save on your venue expenses is to combine both the ceremony and reception into one single location. By doing this, you only need to pay for the rental of one venue rather than two. Furthermore, you can save even more money by choosing a public venue rather than a fancy private venue. Locations such as a public park or public beach can make for an excellent place to have a wedding, and you can often book them out for little or no money if you are a resident of the city in which the location resides.
COMBINING DECORATIONS AND WEDDING FAVORS
An inventive and potentially fun way to save wedding budget room is to combine some of your wedding decorations with your wedding favors. Things like using your wedding favors as part of your centerpieces can combine the costs of decorations and favors into one purchase. If you plan to go this route, you’ll want to take things into consideration when you buy sparklers, candy, or other items to integrate into your centerpieces. As long as you keep the correct color schemes and overall usefulness in mind when you do your shopping, combining your favors and decorations can save you quite a bit of money versus buying them independently.
LIMIT YOUR GUEST LIST
Though most couples want to invite every single person they have ever known, having too large of a guest list can quickly eat up a large chunk of your wedding budget. The obvious costs associated with inviting a guest to your wedding such as food and drink can really add up quickly, plus hidden expenses like chair rentals and service staff can quickly burden even the most robust wedding budgets. The best way to keep your expenses in line is to limit the amount of guests you invite to your closest friends and family only. While this likely means you will need to sit down and make some tough decisions while you go over your guest list, it is one of the fastest and easiest ways to make sure that your overall wedding expenses stuff within your maximum budget.