I don’t know if you’ve heard, but weddings are expensive. Between the venue, the dress, the catering, the photographer, and the flowers, the cost adds up quickly.
Though you shouldn’t have to give up anything you really want on your big day, there are easy ways to save a few bucks here or there. Too many couples spend the wedding planning process stressing out about money, but you don’t have to!
From choosing a different day to going paperless, here are some easy ways to save money on your wedding day:
Anything But Saturday
If you’re looking to save money on the venue, consider getting married on any day but Saturday. Believe it or not, but the cost of a venue can go down by thousands if you decide to tie the knot on a Friday or Sunday rather than a Saturday. And if you get married during the week you’ll save even more! Though many couples feel as though they need to get married on a Saturday, the reality is it’s not that big of a deal. Tie the knot on another day and use that extra money for an incredible honeymoon instead.
Save the Dates and Invitations
Don’t stress out about having the perfect Save the Date cards or beautiful hand-lettering on your invitations. More often than not, those things end up straight in the trash. With practically everything online these days, don’t write off the e-card right away! In fact, most of your guests would probably prefer to have your invitation come straight to their email rather than through snail mail.
Do Research For a Photographer
Rather than pay a lot of money for the first wedding photographer you can find, do a bit of research to find an up-and-coming photographer who may cost a lot less. In fact, there are many young, aspiring photographers who are looking for the experience that would jump at the opportunity to photograph your big day. Do a little social media digging, you may be surprised at what you can find!
Consider Cutting the Guest List
Do you really want your college friend who you haven’t talked to in years to be at your wedding? How about your third cousin you haven’t seen since you were a kid? While some people are set on having a large wedding, consider cutting your list if you’re looking to save money. A smaller guest list will obviously help you to save money, but it’ll also make the whole experience that much more intimate.