10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding
Weddings are one of those crazy-expensive events in life. Everyone knows that wedding services are overpriced, they but can’t help buying into the vision of that one special, priceless day.
The truth is that you can have a beautiful wedding without becoming indebted to the powerful wedding industry. Here are 10 tips:
Use Promo Codes
Promo codes are essentially free money: you use them when you make purchases, and they cost nothing. For your wedding, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, by utilizing coupon codes for flowers, flights, hotels, transportation, and even restaurants. You can use coupons for Orbitz hotels and last-minute seat sales for most of the travel-related expenses, and a quick google search for coupons for 1-800 Flowers turned up tons of results.
Create an itemized budget.
A budget is a must for any couple planning a wedding, but it should be more detailed than one number. Break your wedding budget into how much you want to spend on the dress, the venue, the flowers, the cake and other elements of the day.
While you are budgeting, ask yourself what is most important to you. Some brides love the thought of being surrounded by flowers, while others have dreamed their whole lives about a designer dress. You can cut back on your expenses by recognizing where you want to invest most of your available money.
Once you have established your budget, don’t allow yourself to look at things you can’t afford. The risk is too big that you will fall in love with an idea and spend more than you intended.
Talk to everyone you know.
Use your networking skills to help you find deals on wedding essentials. Post on social media and ask everyone you know if they have a connection to a venue, a caterer, a DJ or some other wedding service.
You never know whose best friend used to work for an incredible florist, or whose uncle is in an awesome cover band. These connections can lead to discounts and deals.
Have your ceremony and reception at the same place.
You can save all kinds of money by not having to travel between locations for the ceremony and the reception. Many hotels will set up the room for your ceremony and then funnel guests into a separate room for appetizers and cocktails while they redecorate for the reception. This arrangement means you don’t have to book two different venues or pay for transportation for you and the bridal party to different locations.
Consider fewer flowers.
Flowers are considered a key element of any wedding, but they can be quite expensive. There are a few ways to save on flowers, depending on your individual needs and preferences.
One way to save money on your floral arrangements is to use them for more than one purpose. For example, you can use your bridesmaids’ bouquets to decorate your cake table or use decorative arrangements from your ceremony as centerpieces at the reception.
You can also consider using fewer flowers and supplementing the arrangements with candles or pretty objects. A single bloom in an antique-looking vase can be simple and stunning. You can also combine various vase sizes with a bloom in each.
There’s no rule that says a wedding has to include a meal. Have your wedding in the afternoon or late in the evening to avoid having to serve an entire dinner.
Instead, provide guests with a variety of creative appetizers and then wow them at the dessert table. You can even throw an all-dessert wedding with a celebration of sweets.
Close the bar.
An open bar can add thousands of dollars to the total cost of your wedding. Many people find a cash bar tacky, although you shouldn’t let what other people think stop you from having the wedding you want.
You can solve the alcohol problem by simply offering beer and wine. Signature cocktails are also popular and won’t break the bank.
Many couples choose not to have alcohol at their weddings at all. You can serve champagne during the toasts, or just go with sparkling juice.
Fake the cake.
If you haven’t priced wedding cakes yet, prepare yourself for a shock. Those beautiful creations cost hundreds of dollars. Make that thousands if you are feeding a large crowd.
Save some money by ordering a smaller cake that you can use for pictures. Then have the bakery, or the grocery store, or a friend make sheet cakes to serve to your guests.
Some bakeries will even create a faux cake made of cardboard or other material and decorate it for you as if it were your wedding cake. Bring sheet cake out from the back when it’s time to eat, and you have the best of both worlds with a much smaller price tag.
Forget about Saturday.
The majority of weddings are held on a Saturday, so that’s the day venues charge their highest prices. Choose a different day of the week, and you will instantly save.
Sunday weddings can be beautiful and are becoming more popular. Choose a Sunday before a Monday holiday, and your guests can still party into the night. Friday night can also be a perfect choice.
The least expensive option is to wed on a weeknight. Your guests may not want to stay late because they have to work the next day, but you can still have a pretty ceremony and shorter reception.
Resist dress pressure.
All of those wonderfully addictive television shows have long preached that several thousand dollars is the rock bottom price for a decent wedding gown. This simply isn’t true.
Your wedding gown does not have to cost as much as your car. Shop sales and trunk shows to get deep discounts on gowns. You can also ask about buying store samples.
You can slash your wedding gown budget down to practically nothing if you are willing to give up the commercialized idea that you have to have one expensive gown for one day, and that it has to come from a bridal shop.
Chances are you have friends who were recently married who have expensive gowns they have packed away. It makes perfect sense to borrow one, so ask around. You can also find beautiful, stylish pre-owned gowns at consignment stores.
Bridesmaids gowns and prom dresses can make fantastic wedding gowns, and they are far less expensive than wedding dresses. Do a little shopping to see what’s out there. You may just find your perfect dress for a lot less money.
If you do buy a wedding gown, don’t pay a fortune to have it preserved in a box, where no one will ever see it again. Instead, try selling it to a consignment shop. Don’t wait, because these stores want gowns that are no older than last year’s style.
Keep mum on the marriage.
“Wedding” is a magical word that makes everything instantly shoot up in price. There is no reason you have to tell vendors that you are shopping for your wedding. Instead, tell a florist you are looking for three or four pretty spring bouquets, or ask a DJ about emceeing your party. See what kind of prices you are quoted before you let on that you’re getting married.
Some vendors do have different prices for weddings than for other occasions, so it makes sense to keep the word wedding out of it until you know.
Once you get a quote from a vendor for a particular service, do be honest and let the vendor know that you are planning a wedding. If you don’t reveal that information, they may charge you extra on the day of the event.
If the price goes up once they know your event is a wedding, ask them why. If the service is exactly the same, they will often back down when you call them on the price difference.
You can save a lot of money on your wedding by thinking outside the box and planning ahead. The main trick to getting your perfect day at a budget-friendly price is to carefully consider what is important to you. If your dream wedding includes a fabulous party, spend less on the dress and splurge on an open bar. On the other hand, cutting out alcohol will give you more money to spend on incredible food. Alternatively, you can have a simple courthouse wedding with your two closest friends, and spend thousands on a one-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. You can even save on the honeymoon by finding coupons on discountgo. It’s all up to you.
Turlock is a fabulous wedding destination for a lot of reasons. We enjoy the warm California climate, have great hotels and accommodations, as well as some truly outstanding restaurants and dining. It’s also very convenient to travel to from San Francisco, San Jose, or Sacramento. Weddings can be an overwhelming and expensive undertaking, but with some good planning and preparation you can have the day that you wanted and not break the bank on it! Here are a few of our top tips below.
Use coupons for travel, like Travelocity Promo Codes
If you or family members are travelling for a destination wedding (and Turlock is a great destination!) you can use coupon codes from major online retailers such as Travelocity for a flight and hotel deal. If you look for your specific destination you may or may not find coupons or deals for that particular city or area, but don’t worry there are always at least a few general-purpose offers that can be used for any destination. Generally, booking really far in advance or leaving it to the last minute will net you the best prices, but it can be nerve-wracking waiting to see if a last minute seat sale will come up or not! That’s why I prefer to use coupons, you get a great price and you won’t have to worry about what to do if you don’t get a flight. For other coupons check out couponcoder.com.
How to Select the Best Wedding Entertainment
If you are planning a wedding, you are likely giving plenty of thought to the type of entertainment and music for the event. Often, this important decision comes down to either a traditional wedding singer or a live band. Both have their own unique merits. On the one hand, an experienced and skilled live band has the flexibility to play all different types of music. A traditional singer brings that extra special sentimentality to a wedding that will create lasting memories.
The Case For a Traditional Wedding Singer
A love singer will sing beautiful ballads that will make your wedding as romantic as possible. You’ll slow dance the night away with your sweetie as your wedding singer hits the high notes. All different types of wedding singers are available, so you aren’t specifically limited to a performer who performs strictly love ballads. You can choose from the classical variety, pop singers, jazz artists and so on. Many wedding singers will provide vocals with recorded music playing in the background. Some wedding singers are capable of playing an instrument like the guitar while singing. There are even singers who DJ at weddings so that your party can have a variety of entertainment aside from solely romantic love songs. You should note that many singers are more affordable compared to the cost of hiring an entire band to play at your wedding.
The Case For The Live Band
If you do your research and pick out a live band that has skilled musicians and substantial musical dexterity, they’ll be flexible enough to play all different types of music. Whether it is the electric slide, the chicken dance, the Cha Cha slide or the wobble, the right live band will be able to play them all. This diversity is a stark contrast compared to a traditional, pigeonholed singer who sings only ballads. A live band will also bring its unique flavor with some original songs as well. Some will even take requests to play covers of popular songs, especially if you notify them far in advance that you’d like a certain song played at your wedding.
It is worth pointing out that live bands provide an infusion of energy that solo singers often can’t bring by themselves. Those who don’t want to merely slow dance to love songs will especially appreciate a live band’s ability to notch up the tempo. There’s a feeling of spontaneity that a live band brings to a wedding that many love singers can’t provide. If you have a particularly young crowd at your wedding, a live band might be the best choice. Everyone appreciates live music, and most people attend weddings with the expectation of dancing with their significant other to some catchy tunes. While slow ballads from a traditional wedding singer are admirable in their own right, they appeal to a limited audience.
Field Others’ Input Before Making the Decision
Consult with your fiancee before selecting your wedding’s live entertainer. Try to get a gauge as to what type of music wedding attendees prefer. Opt for a live performer that is most suitable for your particular wedding audience and the big day will prove that much more memorable.