How to Save Money on your Wedding Day

Recent study reveals that the national average wedding cost is growing each year, due to so many determinant factors and most don’t even know how to save or reduce cost.How to Save Money on your Wedding Day

Considering of planning a wedding and your savings is slowly dwindling as a result, you’re not alone.

According to The Knot, these days, couples spend an average of $35,329 on their wedding. But making your day special doesn’t have to break the bank, or leave you starting your marriage in debt.

Plus, a penny saved on the one-day event can be a penny earned for a down payment on a house or a more adventurous honeymoon.

And when you cut costs with some DIY-solutions or avoid some of the traditional but expensive ideas a wedding planner may suggest you just might give your wedding a more unique, personal touch.

So while the cost of the average wedding is rising each year, here are a few ways you can beat the trend.

#1. Say ‘I do’ to off-season prices
It’s no secret that weddings are cheaper in the off-season. Wedding season doesn’t just mean the summer, though.

Tying the knot during long weekends or around holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be just as expensive as getting married from June to October.

Travel and lodging are at peak prices, and the venue probably won’t be cheap, either.

Consider months at the end of off-season. April usually has off-season pricing, but you still might have a good chance of getting favorable weather.

#2. Don’t get married on a Saturday
Most venues charge the highest prices for Saturday rentals, but slice the rental price by thousands of dollars for Friday or Sunday.

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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 .

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Cut costs, not stems, and focus on reserved seating with extra DIY
decorations for your family instead of giving them all flowers.

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