Below you will find easy to follow tips on how to stay within your wedding budget.
1. Do the Math. If the food costs $100 per plate cutting your guest list down by 10 people would save you $1000!
2. Skip the champagne toast. Allow your guests to toast with whatever beverage they have in their hands. 1 bottle=10 pours; 200 guests=$1400!
3. Create a realistic guest list. I’ve often heard brides confess that they wish they could get quite a few people to decline coming to the wedding. One bride was hoping for a huge drop from a 325 invitees to 250 actual confirmations. Perhaps limiting the +1’s may be more realistic.
4. No Children. It can be a bit touchy to say no children allowed, but the truth is, weddings are typically more of an adult gathering because alcohol is commonly served at these events. So if you are having your wedding reception at a hotel, you can rent a room or two for close family children. You can hire a relative or two to watch the kids and rent movies and order pizza. This is a really great way to have your cake and eat it too!
5. Backyard/Non-traditional Venue Option. Having your wedding reception at a backyard or non-traditional venue could potentially cost you more. Keep in mind that you will need to rent and build everything from scratch. (ie. hiring a delivery company to deliver, setup and break down everything.)
6. Traditional Venue Option. Reception space that already has the tables, linens and built in décor could be a less expensive option than non-traditional ones.
7. Delivery/Setup Fees. When choosing a rental company be mindful of delivery fees. The fees can range from $50-$500. It may be more cost efficient to use more expensive companies that have the delivery fees built into the cost. Hint..hint…that dream wedding venue!
8. Wedding Day. Saturdays are in high demand so choosing to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday could save you almost 50%. You can still get high quality service at a fraction of the cost. Or maybe even book that dream venue that was way over budget by having your wedding on one of these “less in demand” days.
9. Overages. Keep in mind that you’ve budgeted for a certain time frame for the wedding vendors. You and your guests may be having such a good time celebrating that you aren’t ready for the night to end. So be sure you ask your vendors well in advance how much they will charge for additional time so there are no surprises.
10. Shop, Shop, Shop! Search for bargains everywhere. Wedding classifieds are available at your fingertips to find great deals from gently or once used linens and table décor to veil’s, bridal belts and sash’s.
Remember, these are merely suggestions. Even if you only did one or two things on this list you’ve succeeded!