I hope you are all keeping well. Chances are, like me, you’re dreaming of a top knot pinterest wedding. Chances are it will be very pricey – you know when you google a new restaurant to see what the food is like and one of google’s reviews is the price? And you just see €€€€€ – that how you know it is €80 for a fillet of steak and not for you – weddings are like that too.
With that in mind, here are a few ways to save some money in the planning of your big day.
You see, when it comes to planning a wedding, it’s all about knowing your priorities and using your money wisely. For instance, if you want that Kimye-level flower wall, you can have it, but you might want to consider cutting those over-the-top centerpieces on each table. Have to have that five-tiered showstopper of a cake? Try it in buttercream rather than fondant and trade sugar flowers for actual flowers (they’re a fraction of the cost and just as lovely). And about that designer wedding dress: Shop at a salon’s sample sale to score it at 20 to 90 percent off the original cost.
Love the look of letterpress but not the price? Splurge on it for the main invitation but choose less-expensive flat printing for insert cards.
Use a colored outer envelope instead of an envelope liner. You’ll pay less per invitation, plus it’s a fun surprise in guests’ letter boxes
If you prefer thick paper stock, use two-ply for the invitation only and make the insert cards one-ply.
Have one insert directing guests to your wedding website instead of multiple cards for events, like the rehearsal dinner, welcome party, or brunch, and logistics, like transportation and accommodations.
Don’t be afraid to DIY the addresses on the envelopes & the names of your guests on the inside; just spread the work out over a few days & grab your bridesmaids.
Replace the traditional reply card with an RSVP postcard to cut costs on both printing and postage.
Have your stationer design a seating-chart poster instead of personal escort cards.
Skip individual menu cards and opt for one per table to reduce printing charges by 90 percent. You can display the menu in a nice-looking, inexpensive frame that gets guests talking.
Print one ceremony program per couple instead of one per guest
Order day-of items — ceremony programs and dinner menus — at the same time as the invitations. Doubling up minimizes printing fees
Repurpose flowers! Use ceremony décor on the escort-card table or bar and bridesmaids’ bouquets on reception tables.
Don’t underestimate the beauty of foliage. It’s inexpensive and adds a lot of size and texture to arrangements.
Place single-stem flowers, like budget-friendly roses or tulips, in slim bud holders. Arrange in groups of 20 or 30 at varied heights for a stylish effect
Fill the room with candles to up the romance factor and cut flower costs. Add depth by mixing tall candelabras and short glasses with tea lights.
Take an organic approach and create centerpieces using fresh fruit. Set lemons, oranges, or apples in a dish with flower petals, or go glam and paint some of the fruit gold.
Ask your florist to use plastic containers instead of glass. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors — even metallic — and guests won’t know the difference.
Florists can get discounts by ordering just three to five types of flowers in bulk. Create a chic, uniform centerpiece by grouping together monochromatic blooms in individual vases — for example, one of white hydrangeas, another of white tulips, and another of white calla lilies.
Pick affordable, atypical varietals like spider mums, fennel flowers, or hosta flowers. Display in large groups for high impact.
Have your florist create a few statement arrangements that guests will drop dead over instead of spreading your budget thin with many smaller florals they’ll walk right past. Focus on areas where they’ll congregate, like the bar and the dance floor.
Encourage your fiancé and his groomsmen to sport pocket squares instead.
Order your gown at least eight or nine months out to avoid rush fees and last-minute alterations.
Rent your jewellery from a high-end site like Adorn, which lets you borrow a $30,000 diamond necklace. Downside: You have to send it back.
Shop during a designer trunk show and pay less for your gown. Some boutiques will even throw in complimentary customization like a neckline change, size adjustment, or veil.
Follow bridal boutiques on social media to catch promotions like 10 percent off your gown, 20 percent off jewellery, or a free veil with gown purchase.
Buy your dress at a sample sale for a retail markdown of 20 to 90 percent. Most occur before or after Bridal Market in late spring and early fall, but even if a sale is not happening, ask if the boutique has any samples you can buy. Chances are, some gowns have already been set aside for the next one.
Choose a less-expensive package that doesn’t include hard-copy prints and albums. You can always buy them later.
Book the photographer for only eight to ten hours instead of a full day (12 to 14 hours). She’ll still capture all the important moments, but you’ll pay less.
Seek out new talent! Seasoned photographers can often recommend someone up-and-coming, who’s likely more affordable.
Most out-of-town guests want something to eat, drink, or use in the hotel room. A small scented candle doesn’t break the bank and is easy to bring back home.
Instead of passing out late-night food and favors, combine the two and serve warm cookies to guests as they leave the reception.
Venue & Decorations
Choose an off-peak day. A Friday wedding will save you thousands on the venue and on your weekday rehearsal dinner. Even better: A Sunday wedding. Site fees can be less, plus food and beverage minimums are lower, which is great for smaller parties.
Host your ceremony and reception at the same venue or at two places within walking distance of each other.
Reuse ceremony chairs at the reception. You may have to pay a moving fee, but it will still be cheaper than ordering twice as many seats.
Instead of renting expensive linens, top your venue’s standard cotton or polyester tablecloths with a decorative runner.
If you want a lounge-like setting for cocktails, ask to borrow sofas, chairs, or tables from other rooms in the venue instead of renting furniture.
Specialized glassware is a beautiful tabletop statement, choose just one standout champagne or wine glass and use standard options for the rest to get the same look.
Use disposable bamboo plates for apps and dessert.
To cut staffing costs, consider a buffet. Depending on the caterer, you often get more food for the amount you pay, compared with a plated dinner.
If you’re getting married in a major city, try booking a less-expensive caterer based in a nearby suburb who’s willing to travel for your event.
Eliminate labour-intensive specialty foods like sushi rolls, which require more staff to prepare.
Skip the champagne toast and offer bubbly at the bar.
Save thousands by serving a signature drink during cocktail hour and only beer and wine at dinner.
Your guests want gin; they don’t need Bombay Sapphire to be happy.
If you plan on having kids at your wedding, ask if their meals are discounted. Caterers will often cut the cost in half or offer a separate menu with less expensive à la carte pricing.
Order late-night snacks for only 70 percent of your head count. Some guests may leave early, and others won’t want to eat.
Hire graduate-student musicians to play at your ceremony or cocktail hour. They can be booked for much less than the pros.
Instead of renting a photo booth for thousands of dollars, create a Polaroid station with a few cameras, props, and tons of film. It’s just as fun!
If you really want a custom tiered cake with all the bells and whistles, choose a smaller display size and supplement with a statement-making dessert bar, or serve sheet cake.
Want the look of expensive sugar flowers, gold leaf, or hand-painted accents? Ask your baker to decorate just the edges of the tiers to reduce the cost by a couple hundred dollars.
Naked cakes are all the rage and look especially great at outdoor weddings. They’re also inexpensive.
Choose a simple buttercream or fondant cake, which is less expensive per serving, and provide your own decorations. Fresh flowers, a personalized topper, colorful fruit… The possibilities are endless!
Happy Saving & Spending!!