Easy Ways to Save Money When Planning Your Wedding
Planning the most important day of your life isn’t cheap. Statistics show that couples spend an average of €24,000 on their wedding. Unfortunately, this has led many couples to skip a traditional full wedding in favor of a budget low cost hotel wedding. But the high cost of traditional weddings shouldn’t prevent you and your spouse from having the perfect nuptial ceremony.
Shrink Your Guest List
Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that the more people you invite to your wedding, the more expensive it will be. Some reports estimate that each guest invited to a wedding costs the couple between €100 to €200. By shrinking your guest list, you won’t have to pay as much for catering, chairs, favors and other related wedding expenses.
Wear a Secondhand Wedding Dress
Some brides turn their head at the thought of wearing a secondhand dress on their big day. However, it’s a great way to save money when planning a wedding. There are both local bridal stores as well as online bridal stores that sell used wedding dresses. These secondhand dresses are typically only worn once – on the bride’s wedding day – after which they are sold to a bridal store. Secondhand wedding dresses look brand new, but they often cost 50% or less than new wedding dresses of the same type. And like a new wedding dress, you can have them tailored to achieve the perfect fit.
Serve Snacks and Hors d'Oeuvres Rather Than Meals
Serving full meals at your wedding can be expensive. A cheaper alternative, however, is to serve snacks and hors d'oeuvres. You can even plan your wedding reception for a time of day when guests won’t expect full-sized meals, such as in the evening.
Here are some snack and hors d'oeuvre ideas:
- Mini sandwiches
- Veggie dips
- Slider burgers (mini burgers)
- Chips and salsa
- Shrimp cocktail
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Stuffed peppers
Choose a Smaller Wedding Cake
Another way to save money when planning your wedding is to choose a smaller cake. Most wedding cakes are designed with multiple tiers. A three- or four-tiered cake will likely cost more than a two-tiered cake. So, if you’re having a small wedding with only a few dozen guests, opt for a two-tiered or single tier cake to save money.
Keep your wedding cake decoration simple and let your cake topper make the statement. A personalised cake topper on a simple cake will look amazing at your cake cutting ceremony
Buy In-Season Floral Arrangements
When planning floral arrangements and your wedding bouquet for your wedding venue, pay attention to specific varieties of flowers and plants used in the arrangements and whether they are in season. If they are out of season, you can expect to pay a premium price simply because they’ve been stored for a long period of time.