Before you and your spouse-to-be begin shopping for invitations and scouting out locations, decide together what parts of the ceremony and reception are absolutely necessary and skip on items that aren’t. If holding the location at a certain location is a must, but a designer purple bridesmaid dress isn’t, you can put the money saved from cheaper dresses towards a venue.
A Condensed Guest List
Sharing your special day with a large number of guests can raise wedding costs. Shorten the guest list to the people in your life you absolutely want to be there, such as your immediate families and closet friends. This will save money on catering, since most caterers charge per person, as well as invitations and space.
Skip the Saturday
Holding your wedding midweek or on a Sunday can drop your wedding costs. Since most weddings are held on Saturdays, vendors charge more to operate on this day. While holding a weekday wedding may seem like a scheduling challenge, the cheaper rates you receive can be put towards the most important parts of the wedding and reception.
Forgo Expensive Photography Packages
Wedding pictures are a must for most couples, but hiring a photographer and ordering an excessive photo package doesn’t have to be. Ask a friend with a hobby in photography to document the ceremony and reception. Or involve the guests by urging them to take their own photos and email them to you after the ceremony.
Hold the Ceremony and Reception in One Location
If possible, keep your wedding and the following reception together in the same location. Not only does this save you money on transportation but it saves your guests money on gas as well. Many locations will offer rental packages that include the ceremony and reception, so take advantage of this cost-saving deal.
The sky is the limit when it comes to finding ways to save money on your wedding. Don’t limit yourself if an idea doesn’t work for you, and always search for better rates and prices. Take control of your wedding budget so that your marriage can start on a prosperous note.