Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but it can also be one of the most expensive. From the venue, to the catering, to the dress, the costs can quickly add up. The average wedding cost in 2022 was about $30,000. However, with a little bit of creativity and planning, there are ways to cut costs without sacrificing the beauty and magic of your special day. Whether you’re on a tight budget or just looking to be more mindful of your spending, here are three ways to help you save on wedding costs.
1. Shorten Your Guest List
Removing some friends or family from the guest list is never fun. However, less attendees will definitely lower your costs. Less guests will equal less budget for food and drinks, less invites to send, and less people to keep track of. Ways you can do this is by limiting the number of kids, plus ones, and certain social groups such as coworkers.
2. Repurpose Your Flowers
Fresh flowers are not cheap. Get the most out of your flowers by using them for both the ceremony and reception. Archway flowers or the flowers at the aisles can be re-used for your sweetheart table or centerpieces. Talk with your florist and coordinator on ways you can repurpose your flowers.
3. Keep Your Wedding Food and Drinks Simple
The food and drink bill with the venue will be two of the costliest wedding expenses. Ways you can save are by going with a buffet-style meal. You won’t have to pay more for staff to prep and serve the meals. For drinks, don’t feel pressured to get a top shelf open bar. Stick to just beer and wine or offer a cash bar for guests.
Planning your special day on a budget doesn’t have to be stressful. By implementing some of these tips, you can create a wedding that is both affordable and unforgettable. Best of luck planning!