If you aren't careful, your wedding could end up costing you a small fortune. In 2014, average wedding costs were more than $30,000. For those with a strict wedding budget, looking at numbers like that can be nauseating. Weddings involve a lot of small details — such as reception table decorations, venue decorations, photos, flowers, wedding party attire, and entertainment. All of those things add up quickly, but with a little advance planning, it is possible to keep your expenses within budget. Learn how to cut your wedding costs significantly.
Invitations and Photographs
When you start getting quotes, you might find that wedding photos and invitations cost more than you thought. However, both are important because these are the types of things that you'll save as mementos of your big day. Some couples create a wedding scrapbook using their wedding photos, an invitation, some dried flowers, copies of their wedding vows, and other items used during the ceremony and reception. Others decide to frame their favorite photos and a wedding invitation to create an in-home display. Unfortunately, because invitations and photos are important, they also tend to be pricey. Consider minimizing the expense by combining the two services. Find a photographer who has the skills needed to use your engagement photos to create your wedding invitations. Many photographers offer custom packages, so it shouldn't be difficult to find one that includes your engagement photos, wedding invitations, and wedding photos for a decent price.
Wedding and Reception Venue
You can save quite a bit of money just by choosing the right event venue. First, opt for one venue that can be used for your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception. This way, you aren't shelling out money to rent multiple venues. If possible, consider outdoor wedding venues. There's a good chance that renting an outdoor space — especially one that isn't normally used for weddings — will save you money. Remember, you don't even need to rent a venue with multiple rooms. You can easily set up a beautiful altar at the end of the room, and allow your guests to sit at the reception tables during the ceremony — just make sure you place the altar in a place that is easily seen by everyone in the room.
When you're looking at event venues, you should consider choosing a venue that has enough space for you to set up a buffet for your guests. Typically, food made for buffets costs less than the food you'd serve during a sit-down dinner. Also, you won't have the added expense of paying for the extra staff needed to serve guests during a sit-down dinner. If you really want to cut down on your food costs, hold your wedding and reception in the afternoon — between lunch and dinner. Then, you can serve your guests snacks instead of a full meal.
Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect, but perfect doesn't necessarily mean expensive. With a little creativity and planning, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your wedding costs as low as possible. For more information, contact a business such as DEER MOUNTAIN EVENTS.Share
6 January 2017
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