7 Ways to Slice Wedding Expenses

Monday, April 27 at 09:35 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Often a bride’s dream wedding is bigger than her wallet. Tackle this conundrum by prioritizing what’s most important to the bride and groom and spend dollars on those details. Scale back on the things that aren’t as important. Here are seven areas to consider trimming the bill.  

Here comes the bride. The venue is usually the most costly expense for a wedding. If it’s really important to have that special location, consider changing the day of the week (Saturdays are the most expensive) or time of the year (June is the most costly) to reduce the venue price tag. A more economical alternative is renting out a restaurant or going outdoors which both require little if any decorations adding further savings to the total wedding bill. For a more intimate feel, consider the home of family or friends. 
 
Say cheese! If pictures aren’t as important, then skip the engagement photo shoot and bridals and opt to just have a photographer at the actual wedding ceremony. Need some additional savings? Purchase just a CD of the images and print the pictures yourself through a local photo print shop. 
 
All dressed in white. Local bridal shops have beautiful dresses much cheaper than the designer alternatives. If the store doesn’t have the perfect gown, buy a dress and have a seamstress add ornamentation or make other alterations for a custom look. Not only will this be cost effective, but it will personalize the dress so it’s unique to the bride who wears it! Looking for even further savings? Visit a resale dress shop (in person or online) or contact a store about where they sell the dresses used in fashion shows and trunk shows. Don’t snub renting either. Bridal rental shops often include accessories like the veil, slip and corset in the cost of the wedding dress rental for savings beyond just the dress.  
 
Take the cake! Many grocery store bakeries make simple round white cakes. Buy one and decorate it with fresh flowers. Or, decorate a styrofoam cake to put on display. When it’s time to serve the cake take it to the kitchen then cut up and serve sheet cake which is cheaper than traditional wedding cake. 
 
Go bite size. Consider mid-morning nuptials and serve brunch which can be cheaper than a full-course dinner. Still want to go with a traditional evening wedding? Serve hors d’oeuvre or dessert only, or look for a local culinary school to cater at a more cost effective price than professionals. 
 
Pleased to announce. Have a talented friend or family member who can do calligraphy or paper crafts? Enlist their help to make the invites. No talent? No worries. Office supply stores sell kits to print invites from home. Still too much effort? Consider ordering postcard invites to save on paper and postage. Or, go digital with an online invitation sent via popular social networking sites or to the email addresses of the guest list.
 
Double up. Recruit friends and family to help make the décor then give the décor away as party favors. Centerpieces can be given as gifts to the bridal party or to those who helped. For décor that needs to be purchased, use it afterward to decorate the new couple’s home.
 
With some creativity and planning a beautiful wedding is within reach and within budget!

Tags: Financial Education
Amy James on 7/7/2015 at 7:42 AM
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Lora Willams on 8/14/2015 at 9:29 AM
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us!! This post share many tips to share very key topics to minimize your pockets in wedding. I think your topic of blog is ultimate.

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