Tips to Save on Your Wedding Budget
While the wedding day is often one of the most memorable of a person’s life, it shouldn’t cost a life’s savings to throw a good party. Set a budget for your wedding that is reasonable, pick the 2 or 3 details that are most important to you and your intended (like an open bar, unique venue, live music, etc.) and then find ways to save money in other areas so you can utilize your budget to its full potential.
We’ve listed a few of the best ways to save money on your wedding! Because, of course no one wants to start their marriage in debt.
Go Paperless on Invitations
Not only will this save you money in the long run, it’s also much better for the environment! Oftentimes, paper wedding invitations will get tossed or lost sooner rather than later (no matter how much your guests might love you). In our age of digital technology, an e-vite or email invitation is more efficient, cost-saving and just as effective.
Companies like Paperless Post and minted have tons of options for beautifully designed and unique digital invitations that you can customize easily.
Have Guests RSVP Online
It's the newest trend in planning weddings - creating a wedding website! This may sound like a lot of work but many companies like The Knot make it so easy (and it's free!). With a wedding website, you can have your guests RSVP online saving you time and money on paper RSVP requests.
Avoid Saturday Weddings
Although it may be the easiest day for your guests to join you, it is the most expensive day to book a wedding venue. Setting your date for a Friday or Sunday can dramatically reduce the overall cost of your wedding depending on your chosen venue.
Check with your venue’s coordination team to see the pricing differences for different days of the week.
Bypass Wedding “Season”
Depending on where you are having your wedding, there may be more popular months for wedding festivities. June through October are often the most popular months resulting in higher price tags for vendors and venues. Explore venue options that would work between January and March. No one ever complained about a spring wedding!
Grocery Store Flowers
Get this - grocery store flowers are exactly the same as flowers at a fancy florist! Well, except that they are much, much more affordable.
Contact a grocery store in the area of your venue and see what kind of deals they have for bouquets. Or, even more cost-saving - buy your flowers in bulk and elicit the help of your bridesmaids or family to put together unique bouquets of their own.
Don’t Worry about Table Decor
This is absolutely the least important wedding trend and in some people’s opinions can be ditched completely. Tall, extravagant table decorations may look pretty in photographs, but no one is going to be talking about them for years to come.
Consider keeping your table decorations very minimalistic. This is a big money and time saver. *Pro tip - if you are adamant about table decor, try thrifting for unique, used items like vases, photo frames, paper flowers or whatever you want to display.
Narrow Down the Guest List
Perhaps the hardest but most cost effective tip is to be selective with your guest list. Keeping your list under 100 makes it much easier to stay within your budget. While this may be difficult for you as a couple to decide who makes the cut, it's important to remember it's your day! Start by listing the people who you cannot imagine not sharing this moment with, and go from there.
Our wedding coordinators at Captain Anderson’s Event Center in Panama City Beach, Florida are prepared to answer any questions you may have about our venue spaces, costs and vendors. If you are looking for available wedding venues, contact us to tour our unique banquet halls and floor plans with waterfront views! You can also view our venue on The Knot and WeddingWire.