A nice wedding doesn't have to mean a huge expense for your wallet... Whether you are planning it or not, it is good that you already know how to save a lot of money when the special day comes!
One of the most special days of your life, a lifetime memory celebration... It's your wedding we're talking about! For you and for the people who care about you, it's the perfect excuse to have a great party that includes everything you've dreamed about.
But there is always another side to the story, a big party with many guests always involves a big expense... And it’s better you take into account some tips when you’re planning, so this doesn’t overtake you!
Say goodbye to Saturday
Since Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings, it's also the most expensive. How about a Sunday morning mimosa brunch wedding? If you can swing it, pick a different day of the week to save some serious cash. You should also inquire about any unbooked dates your desired wedding venue may be trying to fill.
Stick to beer and wine
You don't need to host a fully-stocked, top-shelf open bar for your guests to have a good time! Hosted beer and wine is much more cost-effective. If you have your heart set on a signature cocktail, offer it up during the cocktail hour and then switch to beer and wine for the reception. It'll be way easier on your wallet.
Limit the plus-ones
One way to manage your guest list is by extending a plus-one only to wedding guests that are married, engaged, in your wedding party, or in a serious long-term relationship. Beyond that, you don't need to offer a plus-one to every single guest!
Make your guest list the A-list
It goes without saying that a shorter guest list is easier on both your budget and your sanity! Even if it's unrealistic to whittle your list down to 20, chopping it from 300 to 150 will still help take things from overwhelming to manageable. More often than not, an intimate affair really does requires less money and less work, and it comes with an invaluable bonus: more quality face time with that cozier group of guests you invited.
Opt for more casual bites
A buffet or family-style meal is typically easier on the wallet than a more formal, plated dinner. Everyone serves themselves and you forgo the cost of waited table service. You can also keep it casual by ordering from a local BBQ joint, your fave Mexican restaurant, or a fun food truck! And if you really need to save money, rely on your guests to contribute potluck-style.
Hire a wedding planner/day-of coordinator
You might be thinking of foregoing a coordinator in order to save some cash, but trust us…if you're looking to have your champagne-dreams-on-a-beer-budget wedding, then hiring a planner is your best bet. Time is money—and an experienced coordinator will handle all the little details so you don't have to stress.