Planning a wedding can take a toll on your bank account. That is why you need to create a wedding budget. It is also important to be smart about how you pick your vendors in order to save money (for the likes of the honeymoon and your future). With a smart wedding budget, you can go about cutting down costs without foregoing the overall appeal and aesthetic of your wedding vision. Here is how you can save money from your wedding budget with some smart planning tips!
Saturdays are very popular for a wedding especially if there are guests coming in from out of town. It is also the most sought after day because Sundays usually means a day of rest for the guests. However, it’s not only booked out way in advance but also if you were to get married, venues tend to request for a high minimum guests number as well as venue deposit. Therefore, many wedding planners recommend against having a Saturday wedding and instead recommend the likes of a Friday evening or even Sunday brunch wedding. Also choosing off-peak wedding season or even at the very end of the peak season for your wedding date, will be a great way to save on your wedding budget.
It is also a good idea to find a venue that can accommodate both the ceremony and the reception. Sometimes, couples look for wedding venues that also doubles up as accommodation choices for guests coming in from out of town. It can also double up as an ideal pre-honeymoon location for the couple. This also can help cut down travel time for your guests and vendors too!
If you are thinking of cutting down your wedding guest list, remember that also means you will be cutting down catering costs and wedding invitations, stationery, bombonieres and seating rentals for the ceremony. You can also choose bigger tables to cut down on individual centrepieces and number of tablecloths. If you are planning on getting your wedding invitations online, you will be able to also cut down on travel time (especially when you are given the option of getting samples done beforehand such as with DreamDay Invitations).
Some other ways in which you can save would be include the likes of the following.
- Using wedding bombonieres as escort cards
- Using fake cakes (apart from the top most and small layer/tier) and offer sheet cake made by the caterers to serve to the guests
- Use more greenery than flora for the decor (as fillers) and swap out costly flowers for less costly ones that offers more coverage
- Have the ceremony flowers reused for the reception such as at the cake table or the bomboniere/escort tables