Wedding costs are higher than ever, especially for luxury weddings. So, if you’re looking for the same elegance and prestige of a luxury wedding without the large expense, here are some tips for reducing the cost of your big day:
Choose an Outdoor Venue
Outdoor wedding venues are really popular these days – especially during the spring and summer months. Having an outdoor wedding at a non-traditional venue is a great way to make your wedding unique and also save a lot of money. You can create the same luxury feel that you’d have at a professional wedding venue by having upscale catering and renting luxury restrooms to wow your guests while they’re outdoors. Seating guests under an elegant-looking tent will protect them from the elements and provide a cozy feel into the evening, which will make your event fun and memorable.
Mix in DIY Accents
You don’t have to buy all the elements for your wedding. To save some money, you can mix in some items that you’ve made yourself. Whether it’s the invitations, favors, or centerpieces, if you’re willing to get crafty, you can save on these accents without any of your guests being the wiser. You can also recruit relatives and friends to help you make things for the wedding to let them be a part of your special celebration.
Opt for Less Lavish Food
The catering bill can be one of your biggest wedding expenses. But instead of making your wedding feel cheap by forgoing the meal, you can just opt for less expensive menu items. For instance, instead of offering a beef carving station or individual filets, you can offer more affordable cuts of meat with great sauces and a wonderful presentation. You can also lean more heavily towards seasonal vegetables and pasta. When it comes to the iconic wedding cake, you can go with a smaller or less intricate cake to save money. Or, better yet, you can skip the wedding cake altogether in favor of more seasonal individual desserts like strawberry shortcakes. Rustic touches like these are very fashionable right now!
Scale Back the Professional Help
Before you start booking professionals for your wedding, consider which services you really need and which you can do without. You may feel pressured to use a wedding planner, but doing the planning yourself can be more fun and save you tons of money. When it comes to the big day, opting for a DJ or a pianist instead of a full live band can result in substantial savings as well.
Shorten the Reception
Most people leave before the end of the reception anyways, so shortening it by an hour or more probably won’t have much of an effect on your guests. You’ll save money on every professional service you’re using (caterers, the DJ, and photographers) as well as the venue rental by having a shorter reception, and most people probably won’t even notice.
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