While it may not be ideal for some guests, it might be a more fiscally feasible option all around: Guests from afar may even save money by buying flights on off-peak days as a result.
#3. Rethink the time of day Dinner is the most expensive meal of the day. If you really want to think outside the box, try a late-morning wedding and serve brunch at the reception.
Instead of steak, fish or chicken, guests can dine on their favorite breakfast foods like waffles, pancakes, and over-decorated donuts. Plus, you can save on alcohol with limited options like Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
A brunch reception also implies a tea-party dress code, which guests might enjoy for a change.
However, having an early wedding will require an early morning for the bridal party, so be sure to get time estimates for hair and makeup to allow for plenty of time in the morning.
Cakes can be beautiful. They’re traditional and make for a classic photo op. But if you’re trying to save money, smearing a slice of a $400 cake on your spouse’s face might not be the smartest way to spend.
Years later, it’s probably true the cake will be the last thing guests remember when recalling your special day.
End the day on a sweet note with a dessert bar. Consider ice cream with toppings, or a candy bar where guests can make their own goodie bags (this can even double as a wedding favor, especially with monogrammed cellophane bags).
#5. Flowers … do you need them? Doing away with the bridal bouquet might be a stretch for most. But boutonnieres? Corsages for the whole family? Flowers are expensive, and as with most wedding costs, there can be a surcharge if they’re wedding flowers .