How to save money on your wedding without sacrificing your day
With the cost of a non-destination wedding averaging around $25,000, brides are looking
for ways to save on their wedding days more than ever. Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to haggle or hunt through bargain bins. No, these ways to save don’t require measures nearly that drastic. In fact: They’re nothing more than the cold, hard facts.
Fall is the new spring, spring is the new fall. Truth is, if you’re not stuck to a particular season, you can save 20 to 30 percent off wedding day costs: That’s venue and vendors. The month of November and the months of January-March are historically slower for the wedding industry, so you can get top-notch vendors at a top-notch (for you) price.
Any Day but Saturday
Saturday is THE day to get married, no matter the season. Ask vendors about special pricing for Fridays or Sundays. If you’re having a destination wedding, this only leaves more time for you to mix and mingle with your guests.
If you’re open to a non-traditional wedding day, consider an elopement to cut the budget. While it has its pluses (and minuses—see our previous blog: Eloping Pros and Cons), one of the biggest upsides to this ceremony style is how much cash it saves you, costing a fraction of the cost of a typical wedding day.
Use What You Have
Another great way to save on costs is to use what you have available to you: Keep decorations down by getting married at Christmas when many churches and venues are already decorated. Have your floral designer use seasonal flowers to keep costs down on your bouquet and arrangements. Let your über-organized Aunt Shannon coordinate the ceremony and reception. If you can’t afford a full-service planner, this option ensures everything will stay on track—even your budget.
Say Yes to The Dress
If you have Champagne taste but a beer budget, don’t despair: You can still find the dress of your dreams and keep your finances under control. Call your favorite bridal salons and ask when they’re having a sample sale, or if they have an ongoing sample rack. Often, boutiques need to move old inventory to make room for the new, leaving you with a steal- of-a-gown and a smile on your face.