Wow!  In the past month we have had 4 –yes 4 — engagements in our family!  Needless to say, we are all scrambling to find ways to plan wonderful weddings without insane costs!  Here are a few penny-pinching ideas that might be beneficial to you (and to us).

  1. Plan an off-season or off day ceremony.  Some venues offer a discounted rate for weddings that are NOT on a Saturday.  and many times the other vendors may also be cheaper as well, such as caterers, photographers,DJ’s etc.  Or by planning a beach wedding in the late Spring-before rates go up you may be able to save a bundle and have the bonus of everyone getting a mini vacay to boot!
  2. Take you time.  Planning a longer engagement allows you to wait for discounts and sales on everything from food to detail pieces… remember when the hobby store had that great sale on charger plates?  You can snap them up when they are cheapest and keep your costs lower.  Now, be careful to keep lists so you don’t accidentally purchase doubles of things!
  3. Have your ceremony and reception at the same location.  This can be a benefit by only having one venue fee and your guests are less like to get lost or decide to forego the reception and leave you with extra/wasted food.
  4.  Keep alcohol to a minimum.  By limiting options and simplifying the beverage menu, you can buy in bulk and save dollars.  Beer and a limited wine option will keep you within your budget.  Sometimes, you can find a local wine that is wonderful (and cheaper).
  5. Consider a simple Cake and champagne punch reception for the bulk of your guests and have a more relaxed intimate dinner/after party for the people you are closest to– family and just-like- family friends!  This can take a chunk out of the food costs!
  6. DIY some things.  There are so many ideas for DIY details, decorations, invitations, centerpieces, etc on pinterest.  Go back to #2… plenty of time to do these  projects yourself and make everything more personal.
  7. When people offer to help… let them!  If Aunt Sally says what can I do? ask her to purchase wedding favors or bubbles or if she makes an awesome apple pie consider adding asking her to help make deserts… adding homemade desserts to your cake table adds a touch of nostalgia and whimsy and trims your budget by a few dollars!
  8. Going back to #2 — consider growing your own flowers.  Not everyone has the space/time/talent to grow flowers.  But, if you do, cha-ching!  Planning a fall wedding? Plant tons of sunflowers and they should be perfect for decorating just in time for the festivities.  Gladioli are beautiful and easy to grow as well.  Then by adding in eucalyptus, leather-leaf, greenery or ivy you can have beautiful decorations and centerpieces with minimal cost (in dollars).  A minor investment in on the front end and a major bonus at completion.
  9. Everyone wants to be fashion forward.  However, planning a wedding a year out will allow you to purchase end of season dresses for bridesmaids and mothers-of-the bride thus saving a bit of money for everyone… now that means no one can gain or lose a ton of weight.. or you’ll need a great alterations person.
  10. Lastly, don’t serve a sit down dinner.  If you plan you ceremony in the early afternoon then you can offer hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  The upside is you get to head out to your honeymoon earlier.  The downside, less dancing and drinking… depending on your family that might be in the plus column though!

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