If you’re planning a wedding, you’ve probably found that things can get expensive in a hurry. From big ticket items like your venue, photographer, and caterer to the small things like placement cards or chair covers, when you get down to the nitty gritty, there are a lot of places where you can spend quickly, not realizing how much you’re putting out there. So for all of you budget conscious couples, we’ve compiled this list of 5 Tips to Maximize Your Wedding Budget.
- Hire a Wedding Planner
We know what you’re thinking. “Ummm…I thought you said you were going to tell us how to SAVE money!?” But this is actually one of those things that where if you spend a little, you’ll get a lot more in return.
Wedding planners are expert negotiators who have spent their careers building relationships with other vendors and businesses within the wedding community. So while you think you’re getting the deal of a lifetime, chances are your wedding planner will have a lot more connections and be able to present ideas that will help save you money in the long run.
- Consider Some DIY
Hiring a wedding planner to negotiate all of the big items and help you visualize your wedding day is super important. But once you’ve got someone on your team who you know will work hard to save you money, it’s time to focus on some of the small details you can do yourself to keep costs down.
Small details like placement cards, invitations, table numbers, party favors, vases, card boxes and the like can easily be made at home and those costs really add up helping you stretch that budget as far as possible!
- Buy or Rent Used Decor
Couples these days are savvy. They’ve realized that more often than not, all of those little details that made their day special are likely to end up in a box in the attic unless they act fast and purge after the wedding. If you take a few minutes to search you can find almost anything you’d need to pull your day together. Everything from linens or catering supplies to wedding clothing and accent furniture are easily found online through Facebook communities as well as more specialized websites like bridalgaragesales.com or wedding-recycle.com. Choosing to buy some of this stuff used can really help stretch your budget.
Bonus: You’ll be able recoup some of these costs later when you turn around and sell it to another couple!
- Have a Friend Officiate
This isn’t a big money saver but it’s something people do overlook. A Justice of Peace can run you anywhere from $50 to $350 or sometimes more to show up and take you through the formalities. And nothing again’s J.P.’s but why have someone who you don’t know be the one to officiate your ceremony? Save some money and add a personal touch to your wedding day by having a friend stand in as your officiant. In most states, becoming ordained can be done online and will cost somewhere in the $30 to $50 range. Even if you only save $20, you’ll still be able to provide a unique touch to your wedding by having someone close to you performing your ceremony.
- Keep the Guest List Lean
Unless you’re a Kardashian, chances are you don’t have hundreds of friends. Or even if you do, let’s be realistic. How many of those are close friends or relatives? As wedding photographers, one thing we hear from couples all the time is that they didn’t even know who half of the people were at the wedding. We get it. Your parents are excited and want to share this day with their friends or co-workers as well but unless they’re footing the bill it’s best to let these people share in the day later through photos. Guest count is one of the major influencers of your overall wedding budget and being conservative here can really make an impact on your wallet. Don’t be afraid to make some hard decisions here and limit your guest count to those you consider closest to you. While big, crazy weddings are a blast, sometimes the intimate weddings leave the most lasting impression.
So there you have it! We hope these 5 Tips to Maximize Your Wedding Budget help you keep some costs down while creating an amazing wedding day for you and your guests. To stay up to date with wedding planning tips, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here. Happy wedding planning!