Wedding Savings

It is amazing how much people will spend on a wedding and reception that lasts only a few hours. Is it really worth going into debt or spending your retirement money so that your daughter can have an extravagant party? Start planning in advance for ways that you can save money by incorporating some of the following suggestions.

  1. Start by setting a budget and sticking to it.
  2. Cut down the guest list.
  3. Saturdays are the busiest days for weddings. If you have to have a weekend date, choose Friday or Sunday.
  4. How about a winter wedding? January through March are slow periods, and you will have a better chance of getting a reduced rate for a reception rental, and perhaps even catering services or other wedding necessities.
  5. If you want a summer wedding, you can save money by having it at your home or a beautiful beach.
  6. Alcohol costs a lot of money. Think about whether it’s really necessary. Some facilities may let you bring in your own alcohol.
  7. Do the groom a favor and suggest suits or sport coats instead of tuxes for the groom and groomsmen.
  8. There’s lots of options for wedding dresses these days, including renting. If there is a talented seamstress in your family, having a wedding dress made could be a real savings.
  9. A sit-down meal for the reception isn’t a necessity. It can be as simple as coffee, tea and cake, or a light brunch.
  10. Look into making your own wedding invitations online. There are many sites now that specialize in this.
  11. Flowers can be very expensive, and if they’re not in season, will cost even more. If your wedding is in a church, it may already be decorated and adding a plant or candles may be all that’s needed. For a winter wedding, an arrangement of evergreens and pine cones are an attractive substitute.