Wedding Cost-Cutting Tips
1. Decide How Important Location Is To You
You have dreamed of the perfect wedding at the perfect place, but can you afford it?
We often see our clients spend 80% or more of their budget on the venue and caterer, leaving little for the rest of the wedding costs. Look at your whole wedding vision before committing to a venue. Ensure you leave enough money for the right entertainment, photographer, and floral/décor.
2. Find A Caterer That Does Double (Or Triple) Duty
If your venue doesn’t come with tables or chairs, seek out larger, established catering companies. Many will have acquired most of these and usually rent them at a discounted rate when you secure their services.
Plus, since they’re already coming to your venue, they often waive a transportation fee. They may even have their own linens!
3. Remember It’s TGIF For A Reason
Why not pick a Friday or Sunday date?
You will have a better choice of dates, and almost all vendors will offer add-ons or discount their prices on these dates. The only exception will be Sundays that fall on holiday weekends.
4. Ask Yourself Who You Really Want There
It might sound obvious, but don’t invite people you don’t want at your wedding.
Caveat: If your parents are contributing a significant amount to the wedding, you will want to work with them to make sure their top guest picks are invited.
If you’re stuck, ask yourself questions like: will this person be a part of the future I share with my spouse? Do we see them playing a pivotal role in our future life together? If the answer is no, leave them off.
5. Make the Most of Your (Happy) Hours
Bar packages are often a great source of confusion. A general rule of thumb: your reception should be an hour longer than the bar package you purchase.
For example, if you buy a 4-hour bar package, your reception will be 5 hours long. Most clients think that the bar package should last as long as their reception, but you don’t need the bar open the entire time.
Our Suggestion: close the bar for a half-hour during intros, toasts, blessings, etc., then re-open, and then close again a half-hour before the end of the night. Boom! We saved you $1500 on average. Don’t tell the venues we told you this tip (wink, wink).