Anyone who is or has been a bride-to-be will tell you how expensive weddings can be. You can try to fight it for the most part, but the truth is – it’s still going to cost you a fortune. That being said, there are still ways you can come under budget, and still have the perfect wedding.
Some of the easiest ways to make savings are actually on some of the biggest wedding essentials. Think you’re up to the bridal money-saving challenge? Here are some tips to help you save money on your wedding.
Haggle with your venue
Your chosen wedding venue will most likely have a set price for set days of the week, with the weekends proving to be the most expensive. Do you really need to get married on a Saturday? In the grand scheme of things, it won’t matter what day you get married, so opting for a weekday could be an easy way to save thousands overall. Get a full overview of costs from your wedding venue to see if any haggling can be done. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Save on your dress
Having the perfect dress is up there on the list of wedding essentials. Sometimes, however, having the perfect dress can ruin your wedding budget. Wedding dresses are expensive, but if you approach dress shopping with a more logical head, you can make some significant savings. Finding out what time of year the sample stales kick-in is a good way to score a bargain, or you could shop around different dress shops to see if your dress is cheaper elsewhere. Some stores might even offer you a discount for paying in full on the day,
If you know your measurements, you can also order online as a way to save money on your wedding dress. Discount codes are easy to come across, and well-known retailers like David’s Bridal or Kleinfeld often do discount days where you can score a big saving. Don’t rush to buy the first dress you see, take your time to help you get it right.
Design your own wedding invites
You might not expect wedding invites to cost much money, but they can run into hundreds of dollars by the time you get them designed, printed and pay for postage. It’s easy to design your own wedding invitations with Canva, and you can do what many modern couples do and send them online to save money (and the environment!). Keep invites simple to save you having multiple sheets of paper, and consider having a wedding website that you can point people to for more information.
Your wedding day will be one of the most special of your life, but it shouldn’t leave you bankrupt or in debt. If you want to save on costs, why not consider a minimalist wedding? It’s easy to lose what your wedding is about between the planning an expense, so keep the focus on the fact that you’re marrying the person you love and the rest will fall into place.