Cost-Saving Wedding Planning

It is no secret that weddings can be expensive. WeddingWire reported that the average cost of weddings/receptions is almost $30,000 and 45% of couples underestimate the cost of their wedding. I guess I knew that a lot of people went overbudget for their wedding, but I didn’t realize it was almost half of the couples out there. Things can add up really quickly with weddings and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Don’t worry girl, I am here to help, and I am excited to share a few ways to save money while wedding planning.

Let’s jump right in!

It’s no secret that people love a good DIY project and they can save you a ton of money on your big day. With that said, they can also be a big headache if things don’t go quite right so try not to take on more than you can handle. There’s nothing worse than a stressed-out bride. I am going to share one of my favorite DIY’s that can save you a ton of money, if you can pull it off:

DIY FLORALS

You can purchase flowers in bulk from a lot of different places like Costco or Sam’s Club and they are pretty affordable. You can get everything else that you would need at your local Hobby Lobby. There are a ton of tutorials for floral arrangements and bouquets on Pinterest so you can figure out how to create basically anything you want. You guys I love this idea and have seen it work out so well for some brides, but I have to throw a few warnings in here because this could turn out really badly if you aren’t prepared. Live flowers can be very temperamental depending on what variety you are working with. I suggest doing some research on the exact type of flowers that you want to use and find out how to care for them. Also, make sure you have refrigerator space or even cooler space for your flowers and arrangements because almost all flowers need to be refrigerated. Keep in mind, most flowers don’t last too terribly long in the fridge, depending on the variety, you will need to be organized to get this done in a timely manner before your big day. Even though that sounds like a lot to juggle, I have seen it turn out amazingly and save so much money. Another option is to buy silk flowers to use when creating the arrangements, yourself. This is a great tip if you are worried about timing or flower storage because obviously fake flowers don’t need too much attention once they are put together. Some people are completely fine with fake flowers and now days they make some really awesome ones that look so real. That one is totally up to you, but it could cut even more cost to use faux flowers. Either way, if you’re up for the challenge, creating your own floral arrangements is a great way to save money.

DITCH THE VENUE

My next cost saving wedding tip for you is to ditch your venue and have a backyard wedding. I know, this can sound scary and like a terrible idea to a lot of people, but you have to look at you have to look at your options for backyards. Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, family friends, most people would be willing to loan you their backyard to host a wedding. Even if they aren’t, there are still options for you. I have heard of couples reaching out to home owners on Air B&B or other local vacation rentals to ask permission to rent their home and use the backyard. Obviously, there is still cost there but it can still be so much less than a traditional venue. If you have an outdoor location that you can use but you don’t love, or even if you wanted more of an indoor feel, I have a pro tip fix for you: rent a tent. Tents can be decorated so incredibly and elegantly, it is insane. Again, not a free option but still can be a huge wedding cost savings for you. With your venue likely being one of your biggest costs, this tip can free up a lot of your budget for other things. 

COOK IT YOURSELF

My next effective cost wedding tip for you also involves hunting down everyone you know to ask for help… just kidding! Well, sort of. You can save a lot of money by skipping the caterer and having a homecooked dinner. In most cases, there are a lot of people who are willing to help with your wedding that you may not have jobs for. You know that list of people I gave you to check with for a backyard location? Recruit all those people to help cook and serve your wedding dinner. Most of the time they are bomb cooks and you will wind up saving so much money it’s unreal. The trend these days is to ditch the fancy meals and just have some good food. Things like tacos, pizza, and sandwiches are growing in popularity and trust me, your aunts can handle cooking that meal. 

RENT IT

My next tip has to do with saving money on your wedding attire. We all know that wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses can be very expensive. What is less talked about is how expensive tux’s can be. Renting those bad boys rather than buying can save you a TON of money. I know that a lot of people these days are opting out of black tie and choosing to have groomsman just wear vests or things of that nature. You can rent vests, ties, shirts, dress pants, shoes, all of it! Sometimes you can buy that stuff on a crazy deal and it ends up cheaper than renting but I would urge you to consider renting. As far as bridesmaid dresses, renting is a very good option for a lot of people. Most of the time your bridesmaids don’t care if they get to keep their dress and that can be a big wedding cost savings for you. When it comes to THE DRESS, I can definitely sympathize with brides who want to keep their dress after their big day. If you aren’t as attached to the idea of keeping your dress; renting your wedding dress can save you big time too. Most of the time, rental shops will even allow you to do minor alterations to the dress in order to make sure it fits properly for your day. Wedding wardrobes can be super expensive, and renting is a great option to save money in your budget. 

BOOK DURING SALE SEASON

My last tip is one that you may not have heard before, but it is a really great one. Like you guys THIS IS THE BEST TIP!! You ready? Book with vendors on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or during the holidays. I read somewhere (probably WeddingWire) that on average couples’ book 14 different vendors for their big day. That is quite a few and I would be willing to bet that at least a few of them are running deals during this time frame. It is becoming more and more popular for service providers to do these deals because the end of the year can be a really slow time for a lot of businesses. Or even if they aren’t running a sale, a lot of people/businesses will up their prices at the turn of the new year and if you can get in on the previous year pricing that can still save you a ton of money. Things are so insanely cheap on Black Friday, even if you buy things you are going to need for your wedding décor or the stuff you will need for DIY-ing, you could see a huge cost savings. 

In a previous blog post I named the 5 wedding items that (in my experience) cost the most money and suck up the most of your budget. Those 5 things are: the wedding venue, catering, photography/videography, floral arrangements, and the dress. I have now given you tips and tricks to help you save money on all of these aspects of your wedding. I hope they help you while you’re on your wedding planning adventure! This is your time to plan your big day, seriously ENJOY IT! You deserve it.