A wedding can be a very expensive event, especially when items just keep adding up and surprises are around every corner. There are some ways that will cut costs dramatically and will probably still allow you to have the wedding you’ve been dreaming of for so long.
Examine the Guest List
The bigger your guest list, the bigger your budget needs to be, especially when it comes to reception costs. Sometimes there are family members putting pressure on you and your fiancé to invite specific people “just because” but this is a day to celebrate so it is completely ok to select the people you really want to spend that day with.
Choose a date that isn’t a Saturday, or during peak season
Saturdays during wedding season are popular for a reason, and you will likely pay a premium to have your wedding on that day. If you are ok with, or even want to have, a wedding that isn’t during this time you could find yourself saving a lot of money on your venue, caterers and other vendors.
Have bigger tables
It was just said to cut your guest list, but if you still have a large guest list then you can have bigger tables so that you have fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.
Have a cocktail party
A seated main course meal will always cost you more money. If you have a cocktail party with appetizers and hors d’oeuvres then you can really cut costs. What’s more is this kind of reception enhances the party atmosphere and could help get the party going.
Change the bar
If having an open bar is a must for you and your fiancé then you could consider offering wine, beer and a signature cocktail or two instead of having a full bar. Going with this option will help to save costs, but you can still be able to offer your guests an open bar rather than having a cash option.
Get married and have the reception in the same place
Some vendors will charge by the hour, so if you have some of these vendors then by getting married and having your reception in the same space then you won’t incur travel charges or extra time charges for going between venues.
Scale down the flowers
Flowers are always pretty and they will brighten up any wedding, but that can come at a premium. If you can stick to only one or two kinds of flowers, and ones that are in season at the time of your wedding, then you will be able to save some money on the flowers.
Order a small cake
For show purposes you could order a small one or two tier cake, and then have a sheet cake come out after for your guests to eat after you have done the cake-cutting moment for photos. Sheet cakes are going to cost much less than tiered wedding cakes, so if you just have a small one for show you can still have the photos of it while ensuring all your guests have a piece of cake.
Your wedding day is going to be a day you remember for years and years to come, but that doesn’t mean you have to be paying for it for years. There are ways you can look to scale down your costs while still enjoying your day and ensuring your guests have a great time at your party.