No video because this is a call in episode! But check out the audio and the in depth show notes below.
6 ways to save money on your wedding
- Invite fewer people, because weddings includes costs per person. Let’s list all the things that are per person: chairs, chair covers, chair sashes, place settings, invitations, programs, menus, place cards or escort cards, dinner, drinks, dessert, appetizers…
For every 6-10 people that’s an extra table or row of ceremony chairs. Yes. You want your family and friends to celebrate your love, but yes you want to avoid being strapped for cash and completely broke before, during, and after the celebratory event.
BONUS: Selecting a venue which is outside of the city or county owned may equal lower rental costs, which can help free up thousands of dollars for things like catering, bartending, rentals and stationery. Personally I think park recreation centers or public golf courses have some really awesome spaces, like Silverwood or Hyland part of Three River Parks.
- Discount wedding dress resources: Anomolie, Nearly Newlywed, Still White, Preownedweddingdresses.com, find sample sales. Local: Bridal Aisle, Bride to Be Consignment, The Wedding Shoppe has discounts often
BONUS: Find an amazing alterations company in your state (COUGH JenMar), opt for a simpler silhouette and have a custom dress made for you from an antique dress from the 60s or 70s
- Favors...seriously - don't do them. Brittany opted to have cute little baggies and a candy bar.
BONUS: Instead of mints and mini bubble bottles think about letting your guests take home floral centerpieces or left over cupcakes to keep from wasting those well spent wedding dollars
- Wedding stationery - Care less about getting invitation addresses hand calligraphied, or about having individual programs and menus. Repeat your invitation design elements in table numbers, one large program and one large menu (or one per table). Check out Canva to design your own or self print at Kinkos.
BONUS: Register through a company like Zola so that guests can contribute to your honeymoon - honeyfund etc.
- DIY with caution
BONUS: Have friends who are experts or really good at something do that thing for your wedding. Have a musician friend? I think they should play your processional music. Have an aunt who works for Bachman’s as a floral designer? I think she should do your flowers. Have a grandma who’s made cakes for literally every family event? I think you should have her make your cutting cake.
Listen, learn, laugh... love,