Every bride looks for the best deal before making purchases. The shopping aspect is part of the hunt that many women love. Many women like to wait until the last minute before making a big purchase to be positive that a better deal didn’t come along. Therefore, check out our list of 10 money saving wedding planning tips.
Money Saving Wedding Planning Tips
Just because you cater your own wedding does not mean you will save a bunch of money. Think about the cost of the food, the amount of time taken to plan the menu, the transportation expenses to purchase the ingredients and to the reception venue, and the time taken to prepare all the food and cook the food. Be sure you think of all the little details before having self-hosted meals.
All inclusive venues can be less expensive than hiring all vendors yourself. Venues who have contracts with their own specific vendors typically have a special fee as they are hiring the vendor more than just for one event.
Money savings can be had when the ceremony and reception are in the same facility. If the place of worship has a hall, typically discounts can be negotiated if booking both locations at the same time. If you don’t have to rent an entirely different venue for both the ceremony and reception, the cost should be minimal for a few extra hours versus a completely new rental contract.
Live bands are awesome for the live excitement factor at a wedding reception. Keep in mind that a band with a drummer, lead singer and guitarist will be less expensive than when adding other musician talent. Musicians have their minimums to play and the price will go up if the fee is divided six ways versus three ways.
Before planning a wedding at a private outdoor location (like a park, or family or friend’s house), consider all the additional fees to be absorbed. What you might ask? Generators for power, rental of tents, tables, chairs, portable toilets, dance floor, lighting and much more.
Don’t spend any extra on printing costs for stationery that will most often be thrown away after the wedding day is over. Common printables to spend less on are the menu cards, escort cards, ceremony cards, table numbers and place cards. If you are purchasing printed products, be sure to purchase all at the same time from the same business as bundling will save money.
If you are getting married in a religious venue, be sure to scan the contract and cover all details. Many places of worship are very strict on what they will allow and what vendors in their locations. Examples: Do they allow flowers on the alter, is their pianist included in the price, what music selections are allowed, can you bring in your own musicians? Be sure you express your desired ceremony before making purchases as you may not be able to or may be included in the contract.
Talk with your local florist before making your special flower selections for the boutonnieres, bouquets and floral arrangements. Why? Because nothing will be saved if selecting flowers out of bloom the day of the wedding. Example: roses bloom from mid-spring to fall. Save a bit if your wedding is in winter and don’t have roses. Instead, consider daphnes or red river lilies.
When designing a wedding cake, the more work, the more money. A simple elegant wedding cake will be less money than a cake with lots of sugar elements. Another option is to have a wedding cake with a single layer of cake and the rest covered styrofoam. The pieces of cake served to guests can be less expensive cut from sheet cake.
When planning the menu with caterers, the biggest money saving tip we can say is the more variety means more money. How many main course selections to offer? Steak, chicken, fish and vegetarian? How many different hors d’oeuvres need to be served during cocktail hour?
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.