Here are some great tips for saving some money. The more you save, the less you’ll need to borrow and re-pay!
Sample Sales for Cheap Wedding Dresses
If you wear a 6, 8, or 10, check out sample sales, which happen generally once a year. It’s a great opportunity to get a designer dress at a very reasonable price. Remember that cleaning the delicate fabric of a wedding dress may cost up to $250, so avoid the cheap dress with the dirty hem.
Learn to Ask for Help to Save Money
If you want to have a cheap wedding, pool your friends’ and family’s resources- think of musicians you know, well-spoken friends who could be your officiant, and crafty people who can help you assemble things. They will generally be honored to be a special part of your big day.
Do It Yourself!
Throw a “pitch-in party” where the invite asks your friends to be a special part of your big day by helping you assemble favors, make invitations, centerpieces, and other homemade inexpensive touches. Be sure to put out delicious snacks and have great tunes on the stereo, so that your friends feel like they’re at a party, not just part of an assembly line.
Cheap Wedding Food and Drink
Be honest with your caterer about your need to save money. Ask them which are the least expensive entrees and whether a buffet is cheaper than a seated dinner. See if they’ll let you provide your own liquor, or if serving only wine and beer will be cheaper than a full bar. Also consider only having the bar open during your cocktail hour, then serving an inexpensive wine with dinner. Especially if you and your fiance don’t drink, consider having a dry wedding.
Change the Day of the Week
Have your wedding on a weeknight or a Sunday. There is less demand for these dates, so vendors will often be willing to give you a better rate.
Trim Your Wedding Invitation List
Don’t invite anyone you haven’t talked to in five years. Don’t feel obligated to invite non-live-in boyfriends or girlfriends. Avoid feeling pressure to invite all your work colleagues. Remember, every time you’re writing down a name on your invitation list, you’re increasing your budget by a significant chunk. It’s not just the catering cost, but also the extra centerpieces, favors, linen and chair rentals, etc.