All brides dream of an endless budget for their wedding, but the actual cost of planning a wedding can quickly empty one’s wallet ultimately causing pressure to couples. Wedding spending has drastically increased in the last decade, with most couples admitting they’ve gone over their initial wedding budget. However you don’t have to break the bank to get the wedding of your dreams. If you know how to work around a few key wedding elements, you can stay on your budget without cutting quality or losing the ‘wow’ factor you’ve imagined.
Avoid Peak Days
Saturday is the most coveted day for a wedding and as such can be the most costly and taxing. Some couples have to wait a year to get a Saturday slot on their preferred date at their preferred venue. Yet great savings can be made from booking a Sunday or Friday wedding instead. Also, price negotiations with vendors are easier for Friday or Sunday weddings since there isn’t as much competition for services.
Making Wise Choices
You can save on excessive spending by opting for simpler alternatives to your paper goods. Know that you can have classy invites even with standard card stock. If you do your research well, you can find invitation vendors offering quality wedding cards and printing services at a cheaper price. You also don’t need a specific flower to achieve a certain look. Talk to your florist about cheaper alternatives to emulate the colour and texture of your desired arrangement. Florists can always suggest in-season flowers at a lower price, largely reducing your costs without giving up on quality.
Sticking With the Classics
It’s nice having some exotic delicacies to offer guests but unfortunately it’s not always budget-friendly. Catering companies charge less for common comfort dishes and your not-so-adventurous guests will surely appreciate you for making a safe choice. It’s also a good practice to ask your caterer about all-inclusive packages you can take advantage of.
Opting for bigger tables
Often, caterers offer a range of table sizes to accommodate your guests. By opting for bigger tables, you can save on a few decorative elements such as linen sets and wedding centrepieces as you will need less.
Limiting Alcohol Options
If an open bar is a must, why not limit the alcohol options available to just beer, wine and some common cocktails. This can help you to save on your spending. You can also arrange a ‘Stock the Bar’ party where guests can bring a bottle of liquor or champagne as gifts to be used at the reception rather than providing traditional wedding gifts.
You don’t have to break the bank to have a lavish wedding so hopefully the above cost effective tips will help you have the wedding of your dreams within your wedding budget.