The wedding season is right around the corner. This means that pocketbooks are starting to go into mourning over the cost of the wedding. The good news is that even if you have expensive taste but not the budget for what you want you can still have a beautiful wedding that will not break the bank. Here is how to have the wedding of your dreams and still have money left when it is over.
Trim Your Guest List
The more guests that are invited to your wedding the more money you will have to spend. Most people think that the added guests will only increase the cost of catering but in reality you are also increasing the cost of centerpieces, party favors, chair rentals, etc. This is the part where you need to hang tough. Do not feel like you need to invite people you have not spoken to in five years, there is also no need to invite everyone you work with, single guests do not have to bring a date and your friends who have children can leave them with a babysitter for the evening. The less people you invite mean the less money you will have to spend.
Save Money On Postage
One of the main costs at a wedding is the amount of money you spend on postage. When you send out your wedding invitations you can skip the reply card and have your guests reply online or over the telephone. Not only will you save money on the postage to mail the cards to your guests you will by saving money on the printer as well by not having to have a reply card printed.
Shop From Dress Samples Or On The Internet
If you wear one of the popular dress sizes such as a size six, eight or ten it is possible that you can shop for a dress during a sample sale. These sales usually happen about once per year and it is the perfect time to purchase a designer dress for a very low price. There is also the possibility of finding the wedding dress of your dreams online. You can often find a used dress on eBay, Craigslist, or other websites. It is important to note that you will probably have to pay to have the dress cleaned so keep the amount available in your budget.
Change The Day Of The Week
When you plan the date of the wedding you should remember that the most popular day is going to be Saturday. If you change the day of the wedding to a weeknight or even a Sunday you will find that there is a smaller demand for these days and the vendors will often charge much less for their services.
Another popular way to save money on wedding is to have the wedding on a date close to a major holiday. You will find that the church will already be decorated and you will save money on purchasing your own decorations such as flowers. Another thought is to have a candlelight ceremony. This is an idea that is inexpensive but beautiful and romantic as well.
It Is Time To Get Crafty
Doing things yourself can help you to save a large amount of money. You can throw a party and have your friends and family help you to make party favors, invitations, centerpieces and any other decorations or items you can do yourself. Have some snacks, turn on some music and get busy.
Cheap Food And Drinks For The Wedding
If you are looking to save money you need to be honest with your caterer. Speak to them about what options would be the least expensive such as a buffet compared to a sit down dinner. Also see if they will allow for you to provide your own beverages such as alcohol and soda. Many times beer and wine are a much better option than a full open bar.
There are many different ways to save money on your wedding. Make the most of buying items that have been gently used such as decorations, wedding favors, cake toppers, wedding dresses and many other items. These can be found on websites such as eBay and Craigslist. This is your special day so take your time to find the items that you want but try not to break the bank.