Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ten Money-Saving Tips For Your Wedding

Let's face it: times are hard, and with the average cost of a wedding nearing the $30,000 mark (not including the engagement ring or honeymoon), it's no wonder couples everywhere are trying to figure out ways to save money when it comes to planning their big day. With the state of the current economy, many vendors are lowering their prices and offering deep discounts on many of their services. However, if you are still fretting over the looming price tag of your pending nuptials, try one, or several of the following tried and true money-saving tips to help keep you out of the poor house after the wedding:

1. Slash the Guestlist - By trimming the guest list, you will significantly reduce catering costs, as well as cut down on the cost of invitations, centerpieces, rentals, etc.

2. Shop Sample Sales - You may be able to score a designer gown at a fraction of the cost.

3. Weekday/Off-Peak Wedding - Saturday is the most popular and most expensive day to hold a wedding. Many venues offer a much cheaper rate for choosing a weekday or Sunday date. Discounts are also usually available during off peak season (Nov-Mar).

4. DIY- If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, you possess a creative bone in your body, and if time permits, be a do-it-yourself diva and take on a few wedding-related projects.

5. Ditch the Open Bar - Open bars can be super pricey. Instead, opt to serve beer, wine, and one signature drink.

6. Choose flowers that are in Season: Your florist should be able to work with you to find an inexpensive alternative to a flower that may be out of season.

7. Choose a non-floral centerpiece: Candles? Fruit? Faux Feathers? Oh, the possibilities are endless...don't limit yourself.

8. Single Location: Hold the ceremony and reception in one location. This eliminates a second site fee and cuts out travel costs imposed by vendors (and your guests will thank-you for eliminating extra work and driving for them!).

9. Daytime Reception: Lunch prices are usually much less than dinner since it is based on smaller portion sizes, and less alcohol is usually consumed during the day.

10. Limit Courses: Simply put: less courses=less money spent.

I hope these tips are helpful when you begin the exciting journey of planning the biggest day of your life. Remember, you'll want to have money left over for the honeymoon!

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