Let’s face it. Unless you’re eloping, weddings are expensive. Like really expensive. The only legitimate way to save money is by cutting people. And I mean a lot of people. Like you’re basically going to have your parents there and that’s it. And if that’s something you’re willing to do, that’s great! But for those of you who want to save some money but also celebrate with everyone you love, I’ll be sharing a few ways in which you can do so.
Side note: I’m currently in the process of planning my wedding! These are just a few things I’ve learned along the way so far.
Invitations are a must. And so are “save the dates.” Thankfully, the digital world we live in today makes this process much simpler and more cost effective. There are so many online websites that offer free templates at incredibly low rates. Matt and I just designed and bought our “save the dates” from VistaPrint for $25. We’re not sure what we’re going to do for our invitations, but I can guarantee we will be looking around for the best price!
I think it’s important to figure out what things are most important to you on your big day. For me, flowers are not that big of a deal. I’m more concerned about the food and the booze! When it came time to pick a florist, I knew I wanted something very simple. Let’s be real, no one remembers the bouquet you were holding or the centerpieces. I’ve been to many, many weddings in the past 2 years and I don’t remember anyone’s centerpieces or flowers. (sorry, friends!) Once I picked my florist, I told her what my budget was, and the color scheme/feel I was going for. I told her to make it work within my budget and she did! It’s nothing extravagant, but it’s perfect for me.
When I used to hear the word “wedding”, the first thing that came to my mind was “wedding cake!” However, times have changed, and weddings have become much less traditional. It’s rare to see a giant, extravagantly decorated white wedding cake anymore. And do you know why? Because they’re expensive! If you have your heart set on having a cake at your wedding but don’t want to break the bank, I’d recommend 2 things:
1.Elect for a shorter, non-traditional cake. The more tiers you have, the more money it costs. Therefore, having a shorter cake will allow you to save some money while still being able to get those cake cutting photos! And instead of giving your guests a piece of your cake for dessert, opt for sheet cakes.
2.Skip the cake altogether and serve a non-traditional dessert. What’s your favorite dessert? Ice cream? Chocolate chip cookies? Whatever it may be, have a dessert bar at your wedding instead of a traditional wedding cake. I’ve been to weddings that have done this, and I enjoyed it so much more! (I’m not really a cake person)
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the only way to save real money is by limiting your guest list. Your mom’s second cousins and your dad’s work out buddies unfortunately don’t make the cut. Another good way to save money is by limiting “plus ones.” Unless someone is in a committed relationship, don’t give them a plus one. This might sound harsh, but in the essence of saving money, this is an important one. Every person that attends your wedding costs you money. So, if you allow your friend to bring some random guy she’s been hanging out with for a few weeks, well, now you must pay for said random guy to eat and drink.
I know the wedding planning process can be stressful, however, it really should be an exciting time. Try not to worry about what everyone else wants for your wedding and do what makes you happy. If you want a small, intimate wedding, then have a small, intimate wedding! If you want a cake, have a cake. If you don’t want centerpieces, skip the centerpieces! OK, you get my point.
The countdown for Matt and I’s wedding is officially on! And because of that, I’ll be doing a lot more wedding related posts!
Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you enjoyed and found this post helpful.
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