Weddings are expensive. The average American Wedding average is over $24,000!!! That’s like half my tuition. There is no reason to spend that much on a wedding (unless you can afford it). The wedding industry caters to people who can afford lavish weddings and it’s an unfortunate truth. If you are not up to spending your life savings on a one-day event then check out these tips & tricks on cutting wedding costs down like a pro!
1. Cut Down On Your Guest List
You do NOT need to invite everyone you know. Might as well throw away money out the window while you’re at it, it’s basically the same thing. Cutting down on your list will help you create a cozier and intimate environment and costs will go down – believe me
2. Skip The Favors
You’re already feeding your guests…you really don’t need favors. People just forget to take them anyways
3. Get Rid of the Layered Cake
6 tiers gets expensive. Sure, it may look nice – but it will hurt your check book. Ask your baker to make a smaller display cake (to cut) and sheet cake to have in the back. While you’re at it, skip the layers and layers of flavors. Do you really need it?
4. Ease Up on Florals
Each table does not need a floral centerpiece. A florist once priced me for $800 for 8 tables -minus a bouquet. 8 TABLES. And you know what flowers I was looking at? The cheapest and most simple. It was literally 1 Hydrangea Stem in a Mason Jar. I repeat $800. Skip the floral centerpieces from a florist and make your own! it’s fairly simple and guess what? People don’t take those home either. Use what you have at home! Books? Use those and put a jar of roses on top! You really don’t need to do florals that are over the top.
5. Cut Down on Food
Are you a food lover? Who isn’t? Another way to cut down on costs is to offer less options. Choose 3 entrees for guest to choose from (beef, chicken, veggie). Choose one first course and one dessert course (the cake!). Ask your caterer if they offer dual entrees or dual courses which can put a variety of food on one plate! Also, be honest with your vendor. If you can’t afford it they need to get creative to help you.
6. Negotiate With Vendors
Do it! If you feel like you cannot afford a price a vendor give, then negotiate! Usually, they will want your business and will make an effort to match your needs. Don’t let them bully you into a fixed price.
7. Buy Stationary Online at Vista Print or Etsy
It’s much cheaper than Minted or any of the other standard invitation sites. You get reliable service and can still find pretty invitations on there for so much cheaper than anywhere else. Don’t like any of the designs? Make your own!
8. DIY (If you can)
I find that D.I.Y is a great way to go if you want to save money. Be selective with what you D.I.Y though, you can’t do everything. Sometimes the materials to D.I.Y will cost more than the end product.
9. Skip the Bridal/Groom Party
That’s less bouquets,dresses, accessories to pay for.
10. DJ Your Own Wedding
Wedding DJ Apps? $1.99 Itunes Library: Free Sound System (if not provided by vendor): $50-150. DJ: A loyal music loving friend = still cheaper than a DJ. And if you’re not the dancing type, just get a quartet! Student musicians will often do it for less than a professional group.