Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5 Tips to Cut Wedding Costs!


Up front Eric and I decided that we needed to prioritize what we were willing to spend more on and what we weren't. For example, we were willing to pay more for photography because we felt like that was one aspect of our wedding that we could easily benefit from now and in the future when we wanted to look back at all of the little details that you forget. We were not willing to spend money on invitations and favors simply because we had a large number of guests (we planned for about 200) and we felt like those were details and no one would really take notice of. Now remember, this is just what we as a couple agreed on, for you it could be totally different and that's completely okay!

1. DIY Invitations and Favors
Eric and I bought our invitations from a craft store similar to Michaels for 50% off and used a template that they had on the manufacturer's website to customize the invitation to our liking. This literally saved us SO MUCH MONEY and no one knew how cheap we were about it! Yes, we ended up at Kinkos late at night printing invitations but it was well worth the savings! I think we paid about $60 for 150 invitations/response cards plus about $30-40 for printing. **One aspect of the invitation I think many people forget to consider is the cost of postage so don't forget to include that as well!
{A picture of our home-made tag bag favors... "Love is Brewing"} 
I think I made 200 of these for around $80!

2. USE COUPONS to Save $$$
There is absolutely no shame in "coupon-ing" and I actually find it quite fun. We had many of Michael's coupons that we strategically used (I literally don't think we paid full price for one item from Michaels!) when we needed our sand ceremony stuff, votive candles, ribbon, etc. There is pretty much always a coupon deal going on so keep up with the ads. They even have a "text alert" deal that I used to find coupons as well!
 3. Borrow as much as you can!
I was able to borrow linens from family and friends which saved us serious money on top of the venue already providing standard linens. We went with a vintage theme, and my aunt who runs a vintage/antique Etsy store kindly decorated many aspects of our venue using her own items. I also recommend buying second hand items and trying to resell them after the wedding. There are tons of future brides on the prowl for discounted items year round!

4. All Inclusive Weddings Are Sometimes Worth It
Our venue wasn't all inclusive but it was pretty close! We didn't have a venue fee (nearly unheard of now-a-days) and simply paid a head count fee which included food/alcohol. We had the entire mansion to ourselves for virtually the whole day. The only aspect of the venue we were required to use their services was for the food.
 
5. Keep Track of Expenses
Seriously. It sounds like the most boring, straight-forward tip ever but its the truth! Keeping track of your expenses allows you to see how much money you are really spending. It allows you to reality check yourself. Remember that budget I suggested to make at the beginning of your engagement process? Well keep it handy throughout the entire process leading up to the big day. Eric and I simply used an Excel spreadsheet to track our expenses against our goals and surprisingly it worked out very well at keeping us within our budget.

These are just a couple of things we did to help save money! What tips do you have?

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, weddings are so expensive these days. However, if proper plans are made then anyone can host a budget friendly wedding. We had a low budget for big day and booked one of small wedding venue NYC. The venue was naturally beautiful so didn’t spent much on decorations too.

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