Planning a wedding can be an expensive endeavor. You want the wedding of your dreams, but you also want to be realistic about your budget. Don’t go wild spending all of your money on one day. You can still have an amazing wedding without breaking the bank. There are many ways to cut your spending that most people won’t even notice. Everyone is there for your marriage, right? This day is about you, not about how much money you spent on the party. Here are some tips to help you save some money on your wedding.
Limit the guest list
This one may be a little tricky. One of the best ways to cut the cost of your wedding is to limit the head count. The more people coming to your wedding, the more your wedding costs. Each person will need to be fed and served drinks. You may have to choose your wedding location based on how many people you invite. Invite only family and close friends. Tell your parents that you can’t invite business partners and people you really don’t know. Have guests bring only significant others to the wedding, not a random date.
Limit the alcohol
Alcohol isn’t required to have a great wedding. Your family and friends are there to watch you get married to the love of your life, not to get liquored up. Limit the alcohol at your wedding and save. Serve only one drink per person for free. Open bars can run a hefty bill and you run the risk of that one relative having a little too much.
Shop around for that perfect dress
Set a budget for your dress and stick to it. You will look amazing in many dresses, and price doesn’t always mean the dress will look better on you. Stick your budget and shop around. Make a trip to the outlet mall or go to sample sales. Have an open mind about your dress and go with what feels good in your budget. Don’t even look at dresses that go beyond what you want to spend! It is the best way to avoid the temptation.
Figure out the food
There are a few ways to save a lot of money on food. First is reducing head count. Second is reducing the cost of the food itself. Switching to a morning wedding can save you money by serving cheaper breakfast food. If you do go for the dinner, don’t go for lobster and expensive steak. Consider serving food family style. Servers will bring a big batch of food to each table and the guests serve themselves.
Cut the costs of the cake
You can go for a fancy cake to show off. Use your wedding cake for the cutting and show, but use a different cake for serving. This means you can have a smaller, fancier cake that you can take home for your and your husband. A plain wedding cake can be used for the guests can eat. Guests don’t care if they eat a heavily decorated cake. They just want something that tastes good!