Weddings can get real expensive, really fast. I'm a firm believer of "you get what you pay for". You can absolutely have your dream wedding without breaking the bank. If you're on a budget, here are a couple of key places you can cut back that will take the edge off.
1. Rethink Your Drinks
More than likely you're going to have alcohol. And more alcohol. And maybe a little bit of water.., but probably more alcohol.
It's generally expected that there will be some form of adult beverage at the reception to celebrate. An open bar is a quick recipe for a tab to get wild. Some people think that it's poor etiquette to have a cash bar but that is always an option. It's your day, do what ultimately is best for you.
Another option is to cut the hard spirits and go with just wine and beer. Have an open bar before dinner and then cut it right before. The champagne toast is pretty iconic so I wouldn't expect that to get cut out but its another option as well. Also, there's no shame if you don't go top shelf. If the venue lets you bring your own, even better. Buy it wholesale and pocket those savings.
2. Digital Invitations
Professionally printed wedding invitations are absolutely a decent sized expense. Cutting these out and swapping them for eco-friendly digital versions are an excellent way to pad the wedding budget. Modern times, modern solutions. Also, an rsvp is easier than ever! Digital invites also open all sorts of creative options for design that aren't possible with printed paper.
3. Cut back on flowers
Interestingly enough, the major cost of your flower budget isn't paying for flowers, it's the labor to make those flowers pretty. You don't need to have an extravagant floral on every table. Save the flowers for the bridal party and family. There are all sorts of creative options that can be used for centerpieces.
Also, save yourself even more by staying local for both your florist and your flower selection. Local flowers along with all season flowers tend to be much lower in cost.
4. Hire Your Vendors Together
Many of us are tied within the industry through mutual work. For instance, take the leg work out of having to find and organize a photographer, DJ, MC and lighting. I've personally partnered with Aria Event Services and we can offer an complete package.
For more information about how we can help you make your day amazing and stress free, contact me or see the link below.