Saturday, November 1, 2014

5 Fabulous Ways to Save On Your Wedding

There’s no doubt you want your wedding to be both amazing and memorable, but if money is an issue, costs can mount up quick, and it’s all too easy to go beyond your budget with too little to show.  Here are five wonderful ways to keep your wedding both fabulous and cost-effective:

Use your network. Take a moment to think about all those talented and gifted people in your life—the ones you will likely invite to your wedding—and what they do both for a living, and in their spare time. Is there an amateur photographer or DJ in your midst?  Does your best friend love to decorate?  Does the groom’s mom pride herself on her baking abilities? It’s time to put those talents to use!  

Make a list of all the products and services you will absolutely need for your big day, and then scan the guest list to see who might be able to provide. Explain to those folks from whom you make special requests that you are on a budget, and offer to pay up --but ask if they might give you a discount as their wedding gift to you. You may be surprised at just how generous those who want to share your special day will be.

Choose a single venue. Choose one venue for both your wedding service and your reception, so that you are paying only one fee for using space. You may also find that if you hire a band or disc jockey for music during the ceremony, your performer(s) can stay at little additional cost to provide reception music. This tip comes with an added benefit for your guests, because they won’t have to worry about transportation from the service to the reception hall. You’ll be saving time and money and the party will begin as soon as you say, “I do.”

Keep it intimate and comfortable. Your wedding is about you and your significant other, so keep guest lists small and invite only close friends and family, then choose inexpensive but fun favors and a few great comfort foods to share with your guests. Choose to spend your big day with the people you care about the most and plan a time they can enjoy, and you’ll save money in the process while eliminating all the potential stress that can come with dramatic wedding guests or too-fancy food choices that never turn out quite the way they were meant to.  

Go against the grain. Choose an off-peak date and time for your wedding. Once you know the geographic location of your wedding, check with vendors to see when their slower times of the year occur. They want your business even more when there are fewer couples knocking down their doors, and many will be obliged to offer significant discounts for venue rental, décor, setup and breakdown, etc.

Choose a single kind of in-season flowers. Extravagant bouquets can be beautiful, but bouquets crafted from a single type of flower are often nothing short of striking. A timeless option that will make for beautiful photographs and a truly elegant look and feel for your event, bouquets of your favorite in-season flower save money by allowing your florist to buy in bulk at market prices, a savings that will be passed on to you in total décor savings.

Keep your eyes open for great deals and enjoy the wedding planning process. For many people, this is an once-in-a-lifetime shot at making memories that will last forever. Be true to your personality and budget and start your new life together off on the right foot.

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