5 Clever Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
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5 Clever Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Wedding are supposed to be one of the most joyous times of our lives, but more often than not, they wind up as one of the most stressful. Everyone dreams of an elegant and lavish wedding, and those two descriptive terms both come with a heavy price tag. Cutting corners can often feel tacky, cheapening the feel of your wedding and leeching the decadence out of the experience. There are some things you can do to reduce the price tag on your wedding while still maintaining the sophisticated air of grace and luxurious ambiance.

Multi-use locations

Venues can really hit you where it hurts. You’re booking a place that you’re only going to use for one day, and they’re probably charging you more than one month’s rent or mortgage to do so. A lot of venues often come with contract clauses that only permit you to use their approved caterers or DJ’s, fixing you in to a mountain of costs you can’t escape.

Have you considered renting a house for a week? Renting a nice house is an excellent way to keep the atmosphere of your wedding close and personal, and it also can serve as lodging for wedding guests that had to travel extensively. You’ll have bathrooms and a kitchen, and access to all of the indoor and outdoor space you’ll need for both your wedding and your reception. In addition to that, you won’t need to hire a limo to take you around, because you won’t need to leave the location.

Semi-Professionals

People who work specifically in the wedding industry tend to charge hefty fees. Catering, hair and makeup artists, and photographers are an important part of your wedding. Major companies charge more because they come with industry clout. Try searching online for startup companies or new professionals whose work is admirable.

They’ll probably be willing to work for a little less because they want something to add to their list of experience. Photographers can add your wedding images to their portfolio, as can the hair and makeup artists that served your event. Caterers can network through your friends and family who enjoyed their meals, and they’d love reviews of their service posted online.

Meal Alternatives

Fancy cakes and elaborate meals for large numbers of people can add up to a sobering sum. If you’re having a small wedding, try scheduling the reception between meal times. A reception later in the evening can be classy with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Lunch receptions can read as hip and modern if you serve gourmet paninis, which are just fancy sandwiches at the end of the day.

You don’t necessarily need a whole cake. Serving a nontraditional savory dessert, such as petit fours or tiramisu will be just as classy, and you’ll be able to eliminate the costs of having a giant cake made and expertly decorated.

Decorations

You can spend fifty dollars on a genuine crystal vase, or two dollars on a regular glass vase that happens to look a lot like crystal, and no one is going to notice the difference. If you have a keen eye for design, you can compose elaborate centerpieces using all or mostly items you found at a dollar or discount store, or on clearance at your local art supply store. Decorations are one area where no amount of money can trump genuine creativity. If you aren’t especially creative, but a member of the wedding party is, take them with you bargain hunting and allow them to pick out what they need and create a vision of their own. They’ll be happy to help make your wedding beautiful.

Revise your guest list

Do you really need ten former coworkers with whom you do not regularly converse to attend your wedding? You probably don’t. Don’t invite anyone out of obligation. Truthfully, they’ll only attend out of obligation, and you’ve thrown away money on an unnecessary social nicety. You may want to consider having an adult only wedding. Children can sometimes be disruptive, and may need special accommodations that you will then have to pay for.


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