Smart weddings: Incredible ways to save money on your wedding day

Smart weddings: Incredible ways to save money on your wedding day
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“My goal is that every couple, even those on a limited budget, have an elegant wedding day to remember.” –Polly Clements

Weddings are notoriously expensive.

More often than not, they tend to eat up your budget and if you are not entirely careful, it can potentially balloon your expenses. However, this does not necessarily have to be the case as you can always have your dream, elegant wedding without spending too much.

The key here is to know what your needs and wants are. Remember to keep your needs at the forefront of your mind and to only spend for you wants should you have a little room for more in your budget. Do not indiscriminately buy things here and there or avail of offers arbitrarily just because you think you might need them at your wedding.

Take note, you might have saved up on an affordable wedding venue, but it would all be for naught if you spent most of your budget on things you could have potentially saved up on. In any case, if you wish to save up on your wedding day, here are some of the indispensable and excellent tips:

  1. Avoid getting married on a Saturday

For most couples, tying the knot on a Saturday gives their guests the avenue of being physically there for their wedding day. Any other day apart from the ones slated on a weekend might require them to take off some time from work which may make them hesitant to come.

Choosing to get married on a day apart from Sunday would immediately reduce the overall cost of your wedding—you might just be surprised at how much cheaper you would end up paying.

  1. Ditch the high season

While there are not any “off months” for weddings really, there are some months where weddings are held more times in one day than the rest of the year. You might want to avoid getting married on these months as the prices of your vendors, venues and photographers can easily skyrocket.

If you wish to save up, choose those off peak months and you will get relatively cheaper and lower price tags.

  1. Avoid venues with vendor exclusivity clauses

Some venues are notorious for having an incredibly cheap rate with the concession being you having to do business with their vendors solely and exclusively. More often than not, this would result to a much pricier bill than it would have been had you booked third-party vendors.

Being forced to work with a specific vendor is limiting in the options of food, drink and style that you want want at your wedding. Moreover, it nullifies your ability to negotiate and haggle.

make sure you check this before booking a ‘cheap’ venue so that you know you still have the flexibility to save and have the wedding that you always wanted.

  1. Go green and go paperless for wedding day invites

Instead of opting for the classic approach of sending wedding paper invitations, go for the contemporary alternative by sending your guests a digital invite.

You can be as creative as you wish and send them a video cordially inviting them to witness your transition from singles to a couple. Incidentally, ensure that your guests RSVP online so that you would be able to have a head count early on.

However, if you really wish to send invitations the old fashioned way, at least send your guests a “Save the Date” invite.

  1. Minimize table decorations

Table decorations are great and they make your venue all the more sophisticated and beautiful.

However, tall ones may photograph nicely but are a pain for your guests as they usually have to crane their necks just to see what is going on. Most people cannot see over them and they would generally be obstructing the view.

Not to mention these can be expensive as well. Keep your table decorations to a bare minimum and you will be surprised at just how much you can save.