In today's world, couples planning a wedding almost feel obligated to spend big bucks for their big day. However, as budgets start to get tighter, this can become harder and harder to do for couples and their families. Because of this, many are now starting to look for innovative and unique ways to save money while still having their perfect day go off without a hitch. Whether it's trying to decide who will make the final cut for the guest list, the type of entertainment to book, or where to hold the wedding, cutting the wedding budget can become an extremely stressful situation for all involved. By giving it some careful thought, you'll be able to find several creative ways to save money and still have the wedding day of your dreams.
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DIY Wedding Flowers
When it comes to wedding expenses, flowers can have some sticker-shock, ending up as a big chunk of some budgets. However, rather than spend large amounts of money at the local florist, some couples are turning to do-it-yourself floral companies which offer a variety of custom-designed collections for any type of wedding. Couples can look forward to receiving a do-it-yourself kit with farm fresh flowers delivered right to their door. Cut to order and pre-portioned to make it as quick and easy as possible, these DIY flowers are the perfect alternative for cutting costs, and also give the bride and her friends a great project to work on together prior to the wedding.
Trim the Guest List
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Thrilled with celebrating that happily ever after, some couples will want to invite everyone they know. However, the fact is each person who shows up that day costs money. Therefore, it's important to review your guest list and make adjustments where possible. This will help save money. One tip, more and more couples are choosing to omit children or having single friends go stag. Though you may feel sorry for making some cuts, doing so can save money across the board - on food, transportation, and other expenses.
Tying the Knot During the Off-Season
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June weddings have always been a favorite. The fact is by choosing one of the 11 other months, couples could save thousands of dollars, saving as much as 15% off peak-season rates. Along with the savings, looking into off-season months may also help get the wedding venue you really want. Another money-saving tip - do something different and save money at the same time. For example, consider getting married on your birthday or during a special holiday. Or if you march to the beat of a different drummer, simply close your eyes and pick a day on the calendar. By doing so, you could save plenty of money while also giving your guests plenty of happy memories.
Consider Other Wedding Options
Along with saving money with DIY wedding flowers, a number of DIY weddings today are broaden their venue search. While hotels and banquet halls can charge thousands for elaborate receptions, many couples can rent a restaurant for half the price and still find themselves in a chic and elegant environment. Restaurants can offer plenty of room, gorgeous settings, great food, and a wide variety of decors that are sure to fit with virtually any wedding theme. In fact, many people feel comfortable in restaurants since they offer a more intimate atmosphere. Sounds like a good idea? Make a list of your favorite restaurants and give them a call. Request estimates and see what works best.
No matter what type of wedding you're planning, incorporating these tips into the planning process can help keep your budget to a minimum. Whether it's saving money by ordering do-it-yourself flower kits, trimming your guest list to include the VIPs in your life, getting married in the off-season, or hosting your reception at a great restaurant, there's no doubt you'll be able to save enough money to afford the honeymoon you've always wanted.