Weddings are a big business these days. Lots of vendors know this and will set their prices accordingly. So it can be hard to not spend a lot of money when you are planning a wedding. It could be a reason why people put off getting married, as they’ll just have to save and save for it. But if you don’t want to spend a lot, it is quite possible to do so. There are many savvy ways that you can keep the costs of a wedding down. Here are a few ideas for you.
One of the first things to do is to choose a venue that will include lots of things in the price. At first, a venue that does it all for you might seem like it is going to be expensive. Up front, it might be. But the thing is, when you don’t have to hire different things from different places, it can often work out much cheaper. It can do wonders for your stress levels too! So instead of hiring glassware, table cloths, chairs, and tables, for instance, it can all add up to a lot. So think about a venue that will include it all for you.
The same goes for the hospitality services that you choose. What extras can they throw in? You’d be surprised what you might get if you just ask. Could they make the cake for you as well as the food? Do they provide flatware or plates and tablecloths? Make sure that you shop around to find the best deal possible, and don’t be afraid to ask for favors.
To cut costs, you could keep the ceremony and reception to just family and close friends. You could then open up an evening reception for more guests. An evening reception is mainly dancing and socializing. There will be a few drinks and nibbles, but you won’t have to cater a full meal for everyone. So it can be cheaper to do it that way, than doing a large meal for hundreds of guests.
The day of the week that you get married can make a difference to the cost of vendors and venues. Weekends are at a premium and are the most likely days that people choose to get married. Do why not choose a day in the middle of the week, for example? As long as your guests get enough notice, then they can make arrangements for childcare or time off work if needed.
Another good way to cut costs on the lead up to the wedding is to make your own invites and other wedding stationery bits. Making your own invites and printing them at home can be really cheap. The same for doing the order or service cards as well as name cards and a guest book, for example. There are many ways to cut costs when it comes to planning a wedding. You just need to get creative and think outside of the box a little bit.