Some of us have been dreaming about our wedding day for years and some of us have never given it a second thought until we, well, until we absolutely had to, but one thing we can all agree on: weddings really do be expensive. But we’ve come up with a few ways you can save some major bucks on your wedding day, so let’s get started!
Ditch the Idea of a Friday or Saturday Wedding
Most wedding venues will give you a major discount if you’re booking for quite literally any other day. If you can make a random weeknight work, this could save you a ton.
Choose Your Venue Wisely
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When you’re looking into wedding venues, find one that is going to look incredible with minimum decor and not one that you’ll need to completely deck out yourself. Decorations add up fast and at the end of your wedding day, you’re left with a bunch of leftover decor, so a venue that looks great naturally will save you money, time, and hassle.
…And Your Guests
We know it’s your big day and you want anyone you’ve ever met, ever, there, but that can add up in no time. Save on food, invites, space, all of it by keeping guests at a minimum and only inviting those closest to you. And we aren’t saying your guest list should be dwindled down to 30 guests, but if you’re at 250 now, think about cutting that number in half.
Keep Your Bridal Party at a Minimum
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We know you want your twelve best friends to stand up with you on your wedding day, but bestie, you’ll save a ton of dough on dresses, bouquets, hair, makeup, gifts and so on if you dwindle that number down. Now, this doesn’t mean all your girls can’t be in on the festivities, but only the few, the proud, the closest need to be standing next to you while you say ‘I Do!’
Do You (All) Like to DIY?
There are some seriously creative humans out there that know how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary when it comes to wedding decor, so our suggestion is to find what you and your friends and family can DIY and do it! (Just make sure it really is the cheaper option to make it yourself! You know how crafting goes…)
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Skip the plated dinner and opt for a family-style meal! Or go extra casual and have a food truck, charcuterie boards, or even a potluck. Though we only recommend the potluck option if you’re having a super small, super casual gathering.