You’ve made it past building your budget and prioritizing all the categories – congratulations! As you start to book your vendors and purchase items in each of your budgeted categories, here are some budget saving tips you can keep in mind along the way.
- Consider time of the year and day of the week
It’s no secret that some vendors, particularly venues, will offer out of season or Friday/Sunday discounts. Keep this in mind when choosing a wedding date. Are you willing to sacrifice your dream of a fall wedding for a new dream of a winter wedding to save some money? Maybe you can swing a Friday wedding to cut costs. If you do decide to go that route, don’t forget to ask all your vendors along the way if they offer discounts for the date!
- Cut back on hours
Especially with photographers, limiting the number of hours your hire a vendor for can significantly cut costs.
“If you structure your wedding day really well with a good timeline, you can get everything you need in a much shorter amount of time and save yourself on those extra hours of coverage,” says Jessica Bishop of The Budget Savvy Bride. “For example, instead of waiting until the actual end of your reception to do the exit, doing it early in the reception and then letting the photographer go home because at the end of the day, they're only going to capture the less important dancing and mingling pictures.”
- Purchase pre-owned
Whether it be decor or even your wedding dress, there are options nowadays that make it easy to purchase secondhand. If you’ve been dreaming of a particular designer’s dress but your dreams got slashed when you budgeted, maybe there is hope to find a slightly used one.
- Keep bar costs in check
This is a big one. We all know how expensive alcohol can be, but with the right choices, there are things you can do to keep costs as low as possible. First of all, finding a venue that will allow you to bring your own alcohol is a big help. This will give you control over the cost per bottle. Also, choosing to do just beer and wine is a cost saver. Even if you want to offer one signature cocktail drink with the beer and wine, take this tip from Jessica.
“Choosing a signature cocktail that's not so heavy on the alcohol, like a spritzer where they're essentially, watering down the alcohol is a really great way to stretch your alcohol budget.”
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About this week’s guest contributor:Jessica Bishop is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride, an online resource to help couples plan a beautiful wedding on a budget they can actually afford. By sharing practical tips, personal advice, doable DIY projects and approachable inspiration, The Budget Savvy Bride educates, equips, and empowers couples to plan a wedding they are proud of and that truly represents their values. Jessica has been nationally recognized as a budget wedding expert. Jessica's first book, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer, is available on Amazon.
Photo Credit: Dawn Marie Photography