Wedding can be very expensive so many brides are looking for ways to save. Bridal Guide provides 15 tips, from real brides, to save on costs.
1. Marry during the off-season.
Venues and hotels usually lower their rates during the off-season (which is from November through April), so planning your wedding during this time could help you cut major costs, like it did for Melissa Phillips from New Milford, NJ, who's getting married on January 18th.
Plus, this gives you the opportunity to play up the colder weather and feature unique wedding details that wouldn't be possible during warmer months, like a hot chocolate bar complete with marshmallows and whipped cream!
2. Take advantage of the holidays.
If you marry during the holiday season, you could benefit from beautiful churches and venues that are pre-decorated with flowers, lights and holiday sparkle, keeping out-of-pocket décor costs down to a minimum.
3. Host your wedding earlier in the day.
You can save up to 30% by having a Sunday brunch reception instead of an evening reception. Michigan bride Brittany Scherr and her husband decided to host their party in the afternoon: "We started our ceremony at 11 a.m. and had a full buffet at lunchtime for half the cost," she says.
And just because it's earlier in the day doesn't mean it can't be just as fun as an evening wedding! Scherr reveals that "We still had a DJ, a full bar, and dancing. We saved a ton of money by simply having our wedding earlier in the day."
4. Have your ceremony and reception at the same venue.
Holding your reception in the same location as your ceremony is an easy way to cut the cost of transportation and decorations.
My husband and I saved money during our July wedding by having the ceremony and reception at the same site," says Nicole Nelson from Milwaukee, WI. "We had no travel costs. We saved a ton of money by utilizing the outdoor decorations, indoors."
5. Host your ceremony and/or reception at a non-traditional location.
"We skipped paying the crazy banquet hall prices and decided to hold our ceremony in Central Park in New York City," says LeslieAnn Dunn from Throgsneck, NY. "It was free, minus a $25 fee we had to pay to make sure no one came jogging through during our ceremony."
You can read the rest of the tips here. Happy wedding planning!
Photo and article via Bridal Guide
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