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1. Save the Date
Planning for a long engagement is an excellent way to give you and your fiancé time to save your dollars and build a significant budget to play around with! An engagement period of a year to two years is ideal. This will also ease some of the pressure off wedding planning as you will have plenty of time to go about getting everything sorted. A longer engagement period also means that you have time to book venues and photographers high in demand.
2. Steeply Priced Saturdays
It is a little-known but budget-saving fact that any day of the week is guaranteed to be cheaper than a Saturday wedding. It is possible to save as much as 15% off the venue hire fee just by switching your Saturday wedding to a Sunday!
3. Thrifty Venue
When searching for a venue, consider choosing one that doesn’t require you to the venue’s set vendors. Many venues have a specified caterer or DJ that can add some whopping bills onto your wedding expenses. Choosing a venue that doesn’t require you to use their professionals, will allow you to find your own caterers, bar tenders, and musicians. If you do this, you’ll be able to save money and also scout out the wedding vendors that you really want.
4. Budget-Friendly Flowers
Consider doing your own bouquets – this is absolutely possible and not all that difficult. Recruit some friends or family members to help you raid your grandmother’s garden or shop at the early-morning flower market. Together you can create some unique, beautiful, and fresh floral arrangements for your wedding! This will work out much cheaper than paying a professional florist to source your blooms and create your arrangements. It will also be a fun activity for you and your girls to do the night before your wedding!
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5. Skip the Set Menu
Set menus can be quite costly because you are required to pay a set price for each individual guest. If you have a large number of guests to your wedding, it is far better to go for a buffet menu. This means the guests can not only select what they like and leave what they don’t, but also a price can be negotiated between you and the caterer that may save you a few pennies. Alternatively, you could choose to forgo a sit down meal and opt for an evening of circulating hors d’oeuvres instead, lending a classy “cocktail party” feel to your reception while saving you a lot of money.
6. Reworking the Wedding Cake
If you want a large, tiered cake, it is unlikely that the whole cake will be eaten by your guests, wasting both the delicious cake and a large portion of your budget. A thrifty idea that is becoming increasingly common is to fake the bottom 2-3 tiers by icing cardboard or tin boxes to match the top 1-2 tiers of real, iced cake. Better yet, you could choose to do away with the traditional wedding cake all together and create something fun and different, such as a cookie or candy bar! This will work out a lot cheaper and add a fun element that your guests are sure to remember.
7. Fabulously Frugal Wedding Favours
There are a number of things you can do to save money on your wedding favours. You could make your favours double up as escort cards or you could make the favours yourself by sourcing your own inexpensive materials. Why don’t you ask a close friend to bake cookies or treats for your favours rather than buy them from an expensive bakery or caterer. The options are endless and if you’re into DIY projects, this tip is perfect for you!
8. DJ on the Dance Floor
Consider skipping a professional DJ. While live music is a must for some couples, others might be completely happy to compile their own wedding playlist. Just plug laptop or phone into a decent speaker system and there you have it – hours of fun on the dance floor! Hundreds of dollars will be saved and your guests can take turns choosing the next song.