We’ve all heard that couples can save money on their wedding by shortening the guest list, limiting the bridal party, or skipping the fancy decorations, but there are actually a lot of ways to save money on your wedding that may not have made it to your radar.
If you’re looking to have a great wedding on a tight budget, consider these five less common ways to save money on your wedding:
1. Rethink the wedding cake. The fact of the matter is that wedding cakes are not cheap, especially these days when designer cake shops even have their own television shows. That being said, there are still a lot of people out there who aren’t even that crazy about wedding cake, so why not offer a different (and cheaper) alternative, such as brownies, cupcakes, pie, or an ice cream bar. Many of these dessert alternatives can be made at home or purchased for far less than what a wedding cake costs. Just play it up as though you’re just a couple of crazy, creative kids who like to mix it up!
2. Go vegetarian. Offering meatless entrees at your wedding means that you can get more food for your buck, since vegetarian options such as pasta are usually cheaper than the usual chicken, fish, or steak. It’s true that people may notice the lack of meat and wonder about the corners you cut, but you could always say that the two of you have suddenly gone vegetarian!
3. Skip the limo. When it comes to getting around on your wedding day, why not use your own car? After all, if the two of you bought it, you probably like it at least a little bit. Use window markers to write “Just Married” and add a few balloons and voila! Transportation that’s going to be a lot more fun and memorable than that old stretch limo (which would have set you back quite a bit, by the way…).
4. Get married between January and May. If you don’t mind waiting a little longer to tie the knot, there’s often a huge different between prices for popular summer weddings and those happening at different times of the year. After the summer wedding season ends and all of those holiday parties are over, many reception halls and wedding vendors find themselves without a whole lot to do between January and May, which means you’ll be getting a better deal. Add to that the fact that you can hit after-Christmas sales for decorations and bridal party gifts and you’ve just saved yourself quite a bit of money!
5. Offer alcohol, but limit the choices. I think that having a dry wedding is a mean way to save money, since it might seriously impede how much fun your guests end up having. That being said, there’s no reason the bar at your wedding needs to resemble a liquor store. Offer three types of beer, two types of wine, and one signature cocktail and call it good to cut down on unnecessary beverage costs.