The average cost of a wedding today is $25,200.
That’s a huge amount of money for most families to spend for a celebration.
Luckily, ways exist to reduce the high cost of this special day. Here are 13 ideas to cut the price tag:
1. Devote money to the part of the ceremony that you care about the most.
Spend money on the part of your wedding that means the most to you and look for savings elsewhere. According to one survey, 81% of guests say that entertainment is the most memorable part of a wedding.
2. Don’t mention “wedding.”
When getting quotes for flowers, cake, catering and from other vendors just say you are planning a party. According to the author of Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Planning a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget, the prices are often 25% to 30% cheaper for non-wedding events.
3. Get married off peak.
You don’t have to get married in June. Actually, different parts of the country and world, if you are planning a destination wedding, can have off-peak times when the temperatures are lovely, the flowers are in bloom, the leaves are turning. Save money by getting married at times when others aren’t.
4. Choose a less popular day or time.
Saturday and Friday evenings are popular days for weddings. See what the rates would be for other days or earlier weddings on the weekend.
5. Buy used.
If you’ve ever watched the popular television show, Say Yes to the Dress, you’ll appreciate how expensive a wedding dress can be. Instead buy or rent a pre-owned wedding gown.
6. Sell your gown after the wedding.
You can save money by selling your dress and accessories after the event. You can do that at the same websites that sell gently used wedding dresses.
7. Make your own table decorations.
Hunt for vases and other decorations through Craigslist, eBay and inexpensive stores like IKEA. Look on Pinterest for wonderful and inexpensive centerpiece ideas.
8. Limit the bar tab.
Serve just wine and beer. Or reduce the hard alcohol bill by offering just one signature drink. See if your venue will allow you to buy your own alcohol, which will lower the price and allow you to return unopened bottles.
9. Make champagne optional.
Skip the champagne toast. When everyone in attendance gets a glass of champagne before the toast, many people don’t touch it and many others just have a sip. Keep the champagne at the bar for people who would like it.
10. Be brutal with the guest list.
An easy way to whittle down the list is to eliminate children. Guests, who aren’t married or have a significant other, could come to the party solo.
11. Reduce the people in your wedding party.
With fewer bridesmaids and groomsmen, you won’t have to spend as much for flowers, boutonnieres, presents and the rehearsal dinner.
12. Don’t buy a big fancy cake.
If you’d like, order a fancy cake for the bride and groom. Order a much less expensive sheet cake for everyone else that is cut back in the kitchen.
13. Skip the limousine or vintage car.
The car you use on your wedding day doesn’t matter. Just be sure it’s clean.