Wedding season is just around the corner for this wedding photographer by day and Thrifty Diva by night. Right now brides all over the country are planning their big days that will happen this summer. One of the biggest complaints about wedding planning is the cost. According to CNN, the average cost of a wedding is around $28,000. With that number getting higher every year and the economy still trying to rebound, people are trying to find places to save money. Here are some of our best money saving tips for weddings.
1. Get married on an off-peak day. You’d be surprised that most venues and even businesses will give discounts for off-peak days. Try getting married on a Thursday or even a Sunday. Winter is another time that a lot of places will give discounts.
2. Go Pinterest crazy! I have been LOVING what I am seeing at weddings from Pinterest inspired boards. People are getting these ideas and doing them themselves and saving money on decorations. There are so many ideas for thrifty wedding decorating it’s ridiculous!
3. Do a dummy cake. This is very popular. People are just having a smaller cake for the top of their cake made, then the rest is fake. They cut the top during the reception then the rest is taken to the back where a sheet cake is cut and presented. No one ever knows!
4. Buy, don’t rent. At least by buying you can resell your stuff. Nowadays online there are lots of places selling wedding stuff for cheap. Use it and then turn around and resell it. It’s not a bad idea for you to try and buy used stuff too. Most of the time it was used for one day. Check out eBay!
5. Offer a cash bar. Liquor is expensive and it’s not as taboo anymore to do this. People are there to have a good time and usually don’t mind having to pay for their own drinks. This could save you thousands.
6. Use your cake as a favor. Instead of buying separate favors, buy small cake boxes so people can take the cake home with them. Then you won’t be stuck with wasted cake and they still get something to take home. I LOVE wedding cake after a wedding.
7. Go with a DJ over live entertainment. They are always cheaper and you can have just as much fun.
8. Stay on schedule. Most of your vendors at your wedding are working per hour and you contract per hour with them. Stay on schedule so you don’t need them to stay longer and spend more money.
9. Buy a used wedding dress. If you aren’t the kind of person who cares, this is a FANTASTIC way to save a thousand or two. Most wedding dresses are used once and end up still in great condition. Check out consignment stores. Often times bridal stores will even have their demo dresses for sale after a while. After a good cleaning, you would think it’s new!
10. Price buffet dinners and sit down dinners. It’s a general assumption that buffets are cheaper, but that’s not always true. Make sure you check both kinds to see which is less expensive.
What are you doing to save money at your wedding?
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