wedding planning

Wedding Planning on a Budget

Did you know that the average wedding costs $33,931? And this price excludes the costs associated with a honeymoon?

Before you break out into a cold sweat, though, it’s important to remember that making frugal choices can bring these costs down CONSIDERABLY. What’s more, strategic wedding planning will ensure your big day doesn’t feel cheap.

Here’s our list of the top ways to stay on budget without sacrificing elegance or luxury.

Pare Down that Guest List

One of the fastest ways that couples exceed their budget remains inviting too many people to their wedding. So, put this cost-saving strategy at the top of your wedding planning checklist.

Sure, it’s tempting to invite everyone and their nephew to your official coupledom, but you’ll pay for it in the long run. If you have trouble cutting down your guest list numbers, then consider the per head price of your event (including the reception.)

Seeing actual monetary figures will help you quickly decide who needs to come to your wedding and who doesn’t.

When you invite fewer people, you also make your event more intimate, and this means a better experience for all. Start by narrowing your list down by 20 percent. Then do this again to get down to a list of essential guests.

Congrats! You’ve just saved yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

When It Comes to Catering, Think Strategically

Besides a bloated guest list, another big piece of your wedding budget remains catering. That’s why we suggest catering the event yourself. Or, hiring a family-owned restaurant.

This one choice alone will save you thousands of dollars in food costs, and if you keep it simple, catering the event yourself is easier than you think. But if that falls well outside of your comfort zone, then consider hiring a family-owned restaurant.

Family-owned restaurants go the extra mile when catering private events, which means you’ll maximize the quality of the final product while staying within budget.

Pick Your Venue Carefully

Another massive expense when it comes to weddings? The cost of renting a function hall or building. To save money yet still enjoy a day you’ll celebrate for a lifetime, hold the event at your home or that of a parent or a close friend.

Another fantastic option? Head outdoors for the event. A beautiful outdoor location will impress everyone.

Combine this with wedding arch rental, and you’ve got the makings of the perfect stage for gorgeous wedding photos.

That said, we suggest making arrangements for a backup location at a private home just in case the weather goes south.

Opt for Rentals Instead of Purchases

Another effective way to cut back on the costs associated with the wedding ceremony and reception? Taking full advantage of wedding rental options.

Use rental equipment rather than purchasing items. Rentals include everything from tables and chairs to lighting fixtures, bars, linens, and more.

While you might not think to purchase extra table linens will put you way over budget, many little purchases add up. What’s more, going with wedding rentals will also ensure the uniformity of your celebration.

Wedding Planning that Doesn’t Break the Budget

You don’t have to go into serious debt when tying the knot. But your wedding planning needs to be savvy and strategic to get the most bang for your buck.

Fortunately, we can help. Contact us to discuss planning a wedding on a budget without compromising its quality and appeal.