1. Don’t have a large wedding
This is the number one thing you can do to save money. Large weddings result in more tables, linens, centerpieces, and the most expensive….food. Food is usually what can rack up your reception bill. If you have less people your food cost will go down. I know the idea of a large fairy tale wedding is maybe what you always wanted, but trust me if you have a large wedding you will end up sacrificing more of your fairy tale dream to compensate for the extra cost of people. Keep it simple with the most important people and that is one way you will for sure save yourself money.
2. Find an all-inclusive wedding venue
Finding a venue that has everything in a nice neat packaged deal will save you money. It may look like more cost because everything is included, but it will be cheaper in the long run. By renting a venue that has nothing included besides the actual space, you end up paying more to find all of these outside vendors. Usually when all-inclusive venues have relationships with outside vendors they are able to offer those vendors at a discount because they have a partnership. Take advantage of that.
3. Book a venue in the off season
Most of the time you can get a cheaper price for your wedding if you book your venue during an off season. For Four Oaks Manor, it is cheaper if you book in the summer and winter months. Also you can book on a less expensive day. Some venues will charge less for a mid-week, Friday or Sunday wedding. Take advantage of that as well.
4. Don’t go crazy with your centerpieces
Check out our blog post on how to save money on your wedding day centerpieces. There are several ways to re-purpose your flowers to save a heap of money when it comes to your decorations. One example is using your bridesmaid’s bouquets as reception centerpieces. There is no reason to spend a ton of money on your centerpieces when they can still be beautiful with just a few helpful tips.
5. Get crafty
Make your own invitations and save the dates. If you aren’t a crafty person then I am sure one of your bridesmaids or family members would love to help you with this. It is not necessary to spend a ton of money on save the dates and invitations. You can make your own that look elegant and nice without paying a lot. Here are some templates you can use to help you with this step in saving money.
We hope this helps you in your wedding planning process. Comment below if you would like to know more ways you can save money!