What Are The Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding?

We'll outline a few of the best tips for saving money on your big day in this post. Keep reading to learn more!

  • Pick an off-peak date.
  • Skip the Saturday wedding.
  • Try a nontraditional venue.
  • Negotiate unexpected costs.
  • Use the venue's resources.
  • Go paperless.
  • Print your own.
  • Think "off-season" for your wedding date. 
  • Say "sayonara" to Saturday. 
  • Think "in season" for your flowers and food
  • Make your guest list the A-list.
  • Limit the plus-ones.
  • Pick a venue or setting that looks great au nature.
  • Have your entire wedding at one venue.
  • Make Sure to Create a Check List. 
  • Buy a Cheap and Elegant Wedding Dress.
  • Find Cheap Wedding Venues. 
  • Make it a Family Affair. 
  • Getting Wedding Flowers. 
  • Cheap Wedding Decorations.
  • Think About Preparing Dessert and Food Items by Yourself.
  • Don't Hire a Photographer.

Generally speaking, many experts recommend putting at least 10 per cent of your combined income into savings each month. However, if you're saving for a wedding, you might consider boosting that amount to continue contributing to your normal savings while still putting money away for the big day.

Experts say the rule of thumb is to have roughly the equivalent of your annual salary in savings. So if you earn $50,000 a year, for example, you should aim to have $50,000 put away.

Direct Your Guests To Your Wedding Website

When it comes to your wedding invitation suite, you can save as much as $800 by having a single insert directing guests to your wedding website instead of multiple cards for your other events—like the rehearsal dinner, welcome party or day-after brunch—as well as logistics, like transportation and details about the hotel room block you've set up for your guests. 

Skip The Envelope Liner

Using a colourful or otherwise untraditional outer envelope instead of an interior envelope liner means you could pay $1 less per invitation—plus, it's a fun surprise when it shows up in your wedding guests' mailboxes. 

Say "Yes" To Letterpress... Sparingly

Love the letterpress look for your wedding invitation suite, but not the price? Splurge on it for the main invitation but choose less-expensive flat printing for insert cards, and you could save as much as $500 per 100 invitations.

Consider Other Days Of The Week

A Friday wedding will save you thousands on your wedding venue and weekday rehearsal dinner. Even better: A Sunday wedding. Site fees can be $4,000 less, plus lower food and beverage minimums, great for smaller parties.

Rsvp Postcards Are Fresh And Fun

Replace the traditional reply card, which requires an additional envelope and stamp, with an RSVP postcard. Using postcards will cut costs on both printing and postage, as postcard stamps are cheaper than stamps for regular first-class mail. 

Slash Your Printing Fees

Order any day-of printed items—such as wedding ceremony programs and dinner menus—simultaneously as your wedding invitations. Doubling up by taking care of everything at once will minimize your printing fees.

Watch For Deals (& Sales) On Social Media

Follow your favourite local bridal salons on social media to find out about trunk shows and sample sales, and catch promotions like 10 per cent off your gown, 20 per cent off jewellery, or a free veil with gown purchase. 

Save During A Trunk Show

Shopping during a designer trunk show means you could pay anywhere from $150 to $500 less for your gown. Some salons will even throw in complimentary customization—like a neckline change, size adjustment or veil—which could be another $150 to $800 in savings. 

Snag A Sample

Buying your dress off the rack at a sample sale means a 20 to 90 per cent retail markdown. Most occur before or after Bridal Market—which happens twice a year, in late spring and early fall—but even if a sale's not happening, don't be afraid to ask if the boutique has any samples they're looking to sell. Some gowns have already been set aside for the next one! 

Seek Out Up-And-Coming Photographers

Wedding photographers' rates can vary widely, and one sure way to save some funds is to seek out new talent. Social media is a great resource; seasoned photographers can also recommend someone up-and-coming in their market. 

Bulk Up On Your Blooms

Florists can get discounts by ordering just three to five types of flowers in bulk. Create a chic, uniform centrepiece by grouping monochromatic blooms in individual vases—for example, one of the white hydrangeas, another of white tulips and another of white calla lilies.

Score Second Shooter Savings

You can save several hundred dollars by booking a second shooter to assist with only the getting-ready shots, some venue details and the ceremony, which means they're done much earlier in the day. 

Think "Off-Season" For Your Wedding Date.

Who says "Saturday in June" wedding couples have more fun? The wedding off-season typically runs from November to March, so you'll get the most bang for your buck by hosting your big day if you're on a budget. On the other hand, consider having your celebration in December, and you may be surprised at how much your venue will shave off the regular rental fee. Just be sure to have a contingency plan in place for inclement weather!

Say "Sayonara" To Saturday.

Since Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings, it's also the most expensive. How about a Sunday morning mimosa brunch wedding? If you can swing it, pick a different day of the week to save some serious cash. It would help to inquire about any unbooked dates your desired wedding venue may be trying to fill.

Think "In Season" For Your Flowers And Food.

Two words will lower your catering and floral expenses: seasonal and local. When you buy what's in season, you get food and flowers at the peak of their supply when the price is normally lower. Plus, they don't need to be shipped halfway around the globe when they're locally grown. So not only do you save money, but you also reduce your carbon footprint. Win-win.

Make Your Guest List The A-List.

A shorter guest list is easier on both your budget and your sanity! Even if it's unrealistic to whittle your list down to 20, chopping it from 300 to 150 will still help take things from overwhelming to manageable. More often than not, an intimate affair does require less money and less work—and it comes with a valuable bonus: more quality face time with that cozier group of guests you invited!

Limit The Plus-Ones.

One way to manage your guest list is by extending a plus-one only to wedding guests that are married, engaged, in your wedding party, or in a serious long-term relationship. Beyond that, you don't need to offer every guest a plus-one! The only exception to this is a destination wedding: Err on the side of generosity here, so your guests don't have to fly solo (literally!).

Pick A Venue Or Setting That Looks Great, Au Naturel.

A celebration on the beach or in a cool, industrial space requires very little décor—which means very little extra expense when selecting, purchasing, or DIY-ing your decorations. Natural beauty, for the win!

Have Your Entire Wedding At One Venue.

You won't have to worry about the logistics and extra expense of transporting everyone from the ceremony site to the reception.

Embrace "All-Inclusive".

Want to stretch your wedding budget to the max? Keep an eye out for the magic words "all-inclusive". Venues with all-inclusive packages provide lots of amenities and services in addition to the event spaces, like on-site coordination, catering, alcohol, staff, rentals, cake, guest accommodations, and more. These packages are a great value by bundling all of these services under one roof. Talk about a one-stop shop!

Find An Out-Of-The-Box Wedding Venue.

Country clubs and fancy hotels are great, but they're not your only options! Consider a restaurant, museum, city park, library, or even a boat—there's a slew of modestly priced (and unique!) wedding venues.

Hire A Wedding Planner/Day-Of Coordinator.

You might be thinking of preceding a coordinator to save some cash, but trust us, if you're looking to have your champagne-dreams-on-a-beer-budget wedding, then hiring a planner is your best bet. Time is money—and an experienced coordinator will handle all the little details so you don't have to stress. They can also pass along savings by hooking you up with their extensive vendor network.

Keep It Tight.

Ditch the giant bridal party favouring just a few siblings or BFFs. You'll spend less on bouquets and boutonnières, bridal party gifts, transportation, hair and makeup, etc.

Don't Feel Pressured To Party.

If you're already on a tight budget with the wedding itself, don't feel obligated to throw additional events like an engagement or bachelorette party. Instead, we promise that an old-school slumber party with your bride tribe (along with some adult beverages) will be just as much fun as a big bash—and way less costly!

Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help.

When it comes to budget-friendly weddings, remember that DIY doesn't mean you have to do it ALL yourself. Your friends and family can be your saviours! Enlist retired aunts for centrepiece prep, ask your talented cousin to do your makeup, and see if your BFF, who loves to bake, will whip up some wedding cookie favours. A "divide and conquer" approach will keep things affordable and take some DIY stress off your shoulders.

Streamline Your Stationery.

Use an all-in-one wedding invitation design like these from Minted, and all you'll have to worry about is the postage for the RSVP postcard. Plus, they offer a free wedding website to match! So for anything from the engagement party, invites me to the rehearsal dinner. Digital invitations come in a wide array of stylish designs and are eco-friendly.

Seek Out Sample Sales.

Wedding dress sample sales can yield pretty amazing designer bargains. Sign up for email updates from your favourite local bridal salons, so I'll inform you about their upcoming sale events. Some of our best tips: Arrive early (with an appointment, if required), wear your bridal undergarments, and know your size in advance. Don't forget to factor in the cost of possible alterations or professional dry cleaning.

Rent And Return.

Nowadays, you don't even have to purchase a wedding gown. You can rent one! Rent the Runway is a great way to get that designer-chic look at a deeply discounted price. Rent suits online with a reputable company like Generation Tux. You can also comb through consignment shops or department stores to find a classy little white number at an affordable price.

Something Borrowed.

Use this part of the old wedding adage to your advantage and borrow to your heart's content! It can alleviate the cost of purchasing new wedding accessories like earrings or a cute clutch, or even wedding décor items like signage and frames. Think of delightful details you loved from your friends' weddings—and see if they kept anything that you might be able to use.

Opt For More Casual Bites.

A buffet or family-style meal is typically easier on the wallet than a more formal, plated dinner. Everyone serves themselves, and you forgo the cost of waiting table service. You can also keep it casual by ordering from a local BBQ joint, your fave Mexican restaurant, or a fun food truck! And if you need to save money, rely on your guests to contribute potluck-style.

Grab A Few Pens (& Maybe A Few Helpers)

Stationers can charge as much as $7 per set for envelope addressing, assembly and mailing. Don't be afraid to DIY assembling and addressing your wedding invitations, especially if you have nice penmanship. Plan to spread the work out over several sessions or speed up the process by asking for some help from close friends or family. 

Pass On Passed Apps.

Passed hors d'oeuvres can be pricey, so skip them entirely. Instead, place large crudité and charcuterie platters on a table for a self-serve appetizer station. Your guests will still be able to nibble during the cocktail hour, and you'll save a bundle on hors d'oeuvres + service staff fees.

Or At Least Scale Back.

If you don't want to miss out on the fun of passed apps, stick to 2–3 of the most enticing options to keep your catering budget in check.

Byob.

Instead of a pricey bar tab and bartenders, get a couple of kegs and some red Solo cups and call it a day. Or mix up some giant vats of sangria and let adult guests pour their drinks at a self-serve beverage station. If your wedding is early in the day, we love the idea of a make-your-own mimosa or bloody mary bar with tons of delicious accoutrements. Just confirm that your venue allows you to BYO alcohol—and keep in mind that you may need to obtain Liquor Liability Insurance if it's not offered through the venue or caterer.

Stick To Beer And Wine.

You don't need to host a fully-stocked, top-shelf open bar for your guests to have a good time! Hosted beer and wine are much more cost-effective. If you have your heart set on a signature cocktail, offer it up during the cocktail hour and then switch to beer and wine for the reception. It'll be way easier on your wallet. Another bonus of limiting the liquor? Your crazy friends won't get so hammered! #weclassy

Instead Of Using A Credit Card, Use A Wedding Debit Card Linked To A Loyalty Program to gain rewards or cashback – which you can use to cover other wedding costs. If you use a credit card for the rewards, make sure you pay back the full outstanding balance at the end of each month so that you don't have to pay interest. Likewise, don't start your marriage in debt if you can avoid it.

Save On Printing And Postage By Emailing Or Texting Your Save The Dates. Create your own digital Save the Dates using a photo and image editor app on your phone (or buy ready-made, customizable options like the ones below), mail, WhatsApp, or text them to your peeps! 

If You Can't Afford A Real Calligrapher, Choose Wedding Invites With A Calligraphy-Style Font. These are much more affordable and are also quite lovely. In most cases, you'll be able to purchase the templates for at-home printing, too! It brings us to.

Print Your Invites At Home Using A Wedding Invitation Printable – this is a great way to save money on your wedding. You can buy many gorgeous premade wedding templates for DIY editing, or in some cases, you can even have a template customized with your details, to print at home. Keep the cost of colour ink in mind when making your choice – a cute white invite with a beautiful black font can look amazing, and it only needs a black and white printer.

Skip The Favours! Remember, most guests are happy with their free meal and drinks, explains Cara of Mosaic Weddings. "Use the money you would have spent on favours for lighting or more flowers, as this is what gives the wow factor to your day," says Cara. But, if you absolutely MUST have favours…

Cleverly Use Favours That Double Up As Escort Cards. Create a display table filled with your guest's gifts and include their table number on each favour's name tag. Your guests get to find their seats, and you'll save on printing costs. We love eco-friendly options like succulents, lavender sachets, or tree saplings.

Print Or Write Out A Single, Large Framed order Of Events And Do The Same For Your Seating Chart. For example, ceremony guests can view the order of events as they enter the ceremony area instead of printing individual programs. Similarly, reception guests can consult the framed seating chart as they enter to find their seat at the table instead of paying to print individual escort cards.

Conclusion

So, whether you're looking to save on your wedding dress, catering, or anything else, we hope this article has given you a few helpful ideas. Keep in mind that there are many ways to save money on your wedding without making any major compromises – it all comes down to being creative and knowing where to look. And if you need more help, don't hesitate to get in touch with us – we would be happy to offer our advice and guidance. 

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