Creative Ways to Save on Your Wedding

A person’s wedding will be one of the most important days in their life. Most will also want to ensure that it is also one of the most beautiful. This can be a tough task when a couple is on a budget. However, being forced to work within a budget this doesn’t mean that a person’s wedding has to be low-quality affair. There are creative ways to save money which won’t take away from the big day, at least not in a major way. Sure, the wedding may not mirror a big, celebrity wedding but it doesn’t have to appear super cheap either.

Creative Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Forget the Planner: Although having a professional planner on-board would be nice, it’s not necessary. With a little bit of pre-planning and a lot of organization, it is possible to plan a wedding completely on one’s own. Another option is to ask a trusted family member or friend to help plan.

Prioritize Spending: Prioritizing spending during a wedding is extremely important. This is fairly easy to do, though it will require that an individual or couple sometimes make tough decisions. For instance, a bride may be willing to purchase a cheaper dress in exchange for providing the guest with a better reception meal. Reducing the cake budget in exchange for a better reception space, would be another example of prioritizing spending.

It will be important for the bride and groom, individually, and as a couple, to decide what’s most important to them prior to creating the wedding budget.  Doing so will make it easier to make tough decisions.

Plan Ahead: Planning ahead is a great way to save money. If a couple waits until the last minute, they have less negotiating power and the vendor knows it. Many vendors will use this to their advantage and brides and grooms are forced to oblige because their options are limited. Planning ahead gives the couple more time to shop around. It also gives them a little more negotiation power.

Shop Sample Sales: Many bridal shops will offer sample sales to get rid of inventory. This is a great time to purchase high quality, significantly discounted bridal and bridesmaids dresses.

There are numerous ways couple can save money on their upcoming nuptials. Forgoing hiring a planner, prioritizing spending, planning ahead and shopping sample sales are a just a few. If a couple starts here, they will be off to a good start, at least financially.

Is it worth it to you to cut back on some of these areas to save money?

12 Responses to Creative Ways to Save on Your Wedding

  1. Savvy Scot says:

    I think I could add one:

    Getting married abroad!
    We recently got married in Thailand at a 5 star hotel – all for a fraction of the cost of doing it in the UK. We had a team of wedding planners etc. all included in the price. I will post about it soon :)

  2. Miss J says:

    I agree Savvy Scot! We got married in Fiji a couple of months ago. Cheaper than having it in Sydney, only a select few family members & friends went plus we all had a blast as we all had a great holiday to remember. :)

  3. Marianne says:

    We had a fairly inexpensive wedding. We did a lot of stuff by ourselves (invitations, most of the flowers, wedding cake etc.). We also had a very small wedding party (maid of honour and best man and then a bunch of flower girls, ring bearers..). We are lucky too in that I don’t come from a family that believes in very extravagant weddings. Some of the ways we were able to save money would be difficult if a lot of expectations are being placed on you by your family.

  4. I saved money on the big things: 1. we have a small guest list of around 35-40, 2. we chose a public venue for the ceremony, 3. we decided to have a dance-free lunch reception, and 4. we hired an up-and-coming photographer for less than $900 when more established professionals cost $2K+. Even with all this, our wedding will come out to around $7,000. It adds up more quickly than I realize.

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  11. Jessica says:

    My wedding is two months away, and the biggest cost cutter was having a dessert reception instead of having a sit down meal.

  12. I did not single out a wedding planner on our big day. I even got two heads manning the line throughout the wedding. We did get a wedding planner because my hubby and I has absolutely no idea on wedding stuff. But I was still able to save a few hundred dollars because the whole entourage paid for their own gowns and suits!

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