If you want to host your dream wedding, without breaking the bank, there are several steps you can take to help cut costs without sacrificing taste. In fact, some savvy shopping is a great way to keep your wedding under budget, without having to make big compromises. That way you can enjoy the wedding of your dreams, and having a few extra pennies to put towards your honeymoon!
Find a Wedding Venue with Perks
One way to help save money is by choosing a wedding venue that provides more than just a space. Those that also have chairs and tables available can help to cut down on potential rental fees. The same is true of those that provide a sound system. Even ample parking can help to cut down on the cost of valet services!
So when you begin checking out potential wedding venues, be sure to find out exactly what is included in the package you’ve chosen. (DIY brides should also carefully consider how many hours they will have the space available to them, since they will likely need more time to decorate and clean up, afterwards!)
Pick Items That Serve Double Duty
Another way to save money is by choosing items that can serve double duty, for instance a photobooth serves as both reception entertainment and the resulting photos make a great wedding gift to take-home. Using the bridesmaids’ bouquets to fill vases on tables at the reception is another surprisingly simple way to make your dollars stretch!
Even a beautiful archway helps to provide a ceremony backdrop, but can then be used for unique, memorable formal family photos after the ceremony.
Splurge On What Matters Most
Finally, while creating your wedding budget, it is important to allow for splurges on those things or services that matter most to you. For instance, if your dress is the most important purchase you’ll make, you may want to allot more than the 5 to 10 percent of the total budget that is often advised.
Just keep in mind that you will need to find ways to make those splurges work, without busting your budget. For instance, you might decide you are content to have a DJ instead of a band, or several cupcakes instead of a large, formal cake, so that you can enjoy some other splurges.