We have all read the blog posts, “35 smart ways to save money on your wedding” or “How to throw a great wedding for under $ (fill in the blank). But, when you open it up, so many times it’s filled with impractical, unrealistic and seriously crazy ideas. Those brides who love grandma but don’t want to walk down the aisle in her old dress listening to auntie carol Dj, holding a bouquet thats falling apart….this is for you.
- Choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own food and alcohol.
Okay, okay…I know this is WAY easier said than done, but just think about it….most venues charge around $25pp for just alcohol. Do you really think Grandma Alice is going to chug $25 worth of alcohol at your wedding? That’s literally as much as a 750 ML bottle of Grey Goose at BevMo! costs right now… not joking. See for yourself...
2. Hire a wedding planner.
Shocker coming from a wedding planner….right? Many brides actually have no idea of the money planners can save them! How should they? It’s not like they have ever hired a professional planner before! For instance, just because of our relationships with our fabulous vendors, we can save you significant money on everything from your dress, to your rentals and especially catering. Many times the money we have saved our clients actually pays for our fees! This is because many planners take these discounts as kickbacks and pocket it or themselves to help with the slow seasons, but we give it right back to our brides! It’s your money anyways!
3. Go untraditional.
Did I stutter? Think of a fab non wedding-y place to get married like a warehouse, private estate (our specialty) or photography studio. Think of the epic bash you can throw and the unforgettable experience you can give your guests! Bonus points: A non- wedding venue will almost always allow you to bring in your own food and alcohol.
4. Ditch the favors.
Do you really think anybody will be mad that they didn’t get a blush colored sachet full of personalized M&Ms? No. Promise you they won’t. If you’re hosting a wedding of 100 people, ditching favors will save you around a cool 500 dollars. Yay you!
5. Register for your honeymoon/marriage.
Listen, you and I both know you are not going to use that blender enough to justify your aunt spending $350 on it. Wouldn’t you rather that money go towards a couples massage on the beach? I thought so. Awesome wedding websites like Zola.com allow you to not only register for your honeymoon but another one of my favorite ways to use it is to register to make your first year of marriage even more magical. For instance, do you want to go out for fro yo with your honey every month on the date you got married? You can make that a gift someone can purchase for you! At the end of the day, it all goes into one bank account. So, if you notice you’re a little strapped from the wedding, you can always use it for other things!
6. Don’t let them eat cake.
Do you and your future hubby love cannolis? or maybe you’re a sucker for apple pie?. While we love what those magical geniuses can do at the fancy bake shops, its not necessary for every bride! Our number one goal for brides is to make sure that their wedding is representative of them and if cake is not your jam…don’t have it! As long as you have some yummies in place of it, nobody will miss it!
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