50 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
by Lori Sanders
Do you feel like you are doomed to never receive the wedding you dreamed of? Think again! Use these great tips to cut back on costs, so your budget can accommodate your dreams.
- Choose flowers that are in season and/or grown locally.
- Forgo the personalized napkins.
- Schedule the wedding between November 1 and April 30 (excluding December). By scheduling at an "off-peak" time, you're likely to get better deals.
- Order invitations online or through a mail-order catalog.
- Pick a reception location that needs little or no decorations -- a garden in bloom, a fully decorated reception center.
- Avoid roses and orchids; they're widely available but expensive.
- Start shopping right away, especially for a gown. You won't feel rushed into buying something and will be able to look for a good deal.
- Avoid white flowers. They bruise easily, so florists must go through larger quantities to find good ones. This increases the cost.
- Choose cheaper entrees, like chicken instead of beef, or pasta instead of seafood.
- A good wedding cake is often enough dessert. You don't need an entire dessert spread too.
- Skip the wedding favors or opt for a cheaper variety.
- DJ's will generally cost less than a live band.
- Avoid Saturday night. You'll have more location (and price) options if you celebrate on Thursday or Friday.
- Use less-expensive flowers, like daisies, in the bouquets.
- Ask about package deals if you order all your stationary (invitations, thank you's, etc.) at once.
- If you decide to have a videographer tape your special day, say no to "extras" such as sound effects and artsy editing.
- Find out how long the photographer will keep your negatives. You may be able to purchase your prints after the other wedding bills are paid.
- Use the talents of family and friends. Their skills could save you money in many different areas.
- Cut your guest list. There is no easier way to cut costs. You'll save money on food, invitations, favors, linens and much more.
- Get organized. Timely planning saves late fees and expensive compromises.
- Simpler dresses are less expensive than the embellished gowns.
- Don't spend much on new shoes. If you are wearing a long gown, no one will see them anyway.
- The groom and groomsmen don't need new tuxes. Renting is much cheaper.
- Instead of a seated dinner, consider a buffet.
- Forgo an expensive cake topper. Crown the cake with fresh flowers or let the icing speak for itself.