Tips to Stay in the Wedding Budget Without Sacrificing Style in 2023
We see that couples planning a wedding have been hit particularly hard by today’s economical conditions because everything from the necessities (like food and wine) to the nice to haves (like cake toppers and centerpiece vases) has risen in price. But there are ways to save money without compromising style.
These are some of our favorite tips to help you plan a budget-friendly wedding.
1-Have a budget and Book the big three first: Your venue, photographer, and caterer, booking this trio are extremely important because they tend to be booked quickly. But sometimes couples feel as if they need to jump on opportunities before considering their budget or even having one.2. Go off-peak: Choose an off-season month(January, February, or November) to get married, and an off-peak day and time. Saturday afternoons and evenings are the most desired spots, so go for Saturday morning, Friday, or Sunday night to save money on venues and services.
3-Cut the guest list and Opt for a Small Wedding Party: You can save money without sacrificing style by planning a small, intimate wedding. Most caterers charge per person, so the difference between 100 guests and 150 is significant. The reception is usually half of your budget - and with food prices rising, feeding your guests tastefully will be hard. Another idea is planning Minimony
4- Save on Wedding Video: Wedit, a new wedding video service, is quickly gaining popularity among couples. It is not for everyone but check this out if you have tech-savvy friends or family members.Wedit
5- Consider buying Sample Dress: Check out Popular NYC Sample Store, Try them on in person. Sample Room NY
6- Buy Bulk Fresh Flowers online: Get Creative, many online flower sites offer wholesale prices Check this out Bulk Flowers Online
7- Consider Less Expensive Venues or Locations: Get out of town, consider backyard wedding, and search for inexpensive venues like zoos, libraries, and parks.Creative Wedding Venues
8-Hire a wedding planner/coordinator: Discounted rates from other vendors and knowing how much you should be spending are vital when it comes to wedding planning. So a wedding planner can actually save you money.
Jewell Rowlands from Oasis Coordination says:
“Coordinators spend so much time analyzing the current market for wedding services and understanding what might be overcharging, or a good deal on a product or service so that the couple getting married does not have to extend their budget any further than necessary. We are able to watch any blind spots during the planning process, and guide the couple to making the best decision for their special day all while keeping their budget in mind. Wedding planners and coordinators are so much more than another wedding expense - they are the gatekeepers of your wedding budget all the way up until wedding day!"
9- And also Consider insurance on Venue payment: If you're spending more than $5,000 on a wedding vendor, it might be worth the extra cost. Talk to your insurance agent for advice, or check out online offerings like Wedding Safe
10-Get your hands dirty: The key to any successful budget wedding is going DIY. To ensure a beautiful and memorable experience for yourself and your guests, delegate tasks to family members and close friends. This will often please them because they are privileged enough to contribute in such an important way, for example, the act of addressing envelopes, folding programs, creating favors, and making a headpiece or a veil. Or ask a loved one if they would like to buy them for you as a wedding present; this way everyone has something special they did that was unique only for them! With less money spent on mundane things, it makes room for important things that give the whole day character, such as professional photography!
Dear Bride & Groom to be,
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