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20 Ways To Save On Wedding Costs in 2012

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20 Ways To Save On Wedding Costs in 2012



 


The average cost of a wedding in 2011 was $25,631.  That’s $85.44 a minute for a 5 hour wedding!


In this economy, every bride is looking for ways to trim her wedding budget.  And to help, we’ve created a list some of our favorite ways to cut your wedding costs.  And we don’t mean by having your wedding on a Tuesday in February.  But rather smart simple ways…that your guests won’t even notice!


Ceremony


1)  Use flowers in key areas only (like the altar or place where you will say your vows). This is where all of your guests eyes will be, and where the majority of your photographs will be taken. Make this area a pretty focal point, and skip the blooms elsewhere.


2)  Have your florist create hand-tied bouquets for you and your bridesmaids. They are less expensive than wired ones (because they take less time to create) and are every bit as pretty.


3)  Use your wedding party flowers again at your reception.  Bouquets look gorgeous surrounding your cake and they can make amazing centerpieces at your head table.


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-1Photo Chia and Hon Photography


Food and Beverage Costs


4)  Butler passed hor d’oeuvres can actually be less expensive than buffet style (because guests tend to eat less of them). Ask your caterer about your options.


5)  Create a signature drink (made with non-premium alcohol) to save on bar costs.  Give the drink a personalized name to make it fun and all about the two of you.


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-2Photo: Jonathan Burton Photography


6) Reduce your cocktail hour by 15-20 minutes.  None of your guests will notice. And your bar bill will be less.



Flowers/ Centerpieces/ Tables


7)  Use fewer, larger tables to reduce the number of centerpieces and linen rentals required. Create tables of 10 or 12 instead of 8. (Be sure to use larger tables that guests aren’t crowded).


8)  Make/rent table runners instead of fancy tablecloths – they are just as impactful and less expensive than full linens.


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-3


9)   Instead of printing individual menus, create one large menu and place it by your entrance or escort cards.


10)  Give your florist a long list of flowers you love and those you don’t. Then give him/her flexibility to use the most cost effective/ seasonal flowers from your list. Flexibility equal savings.


11)  Consider less expensive flowers like carnations, baby’s breath or gladiolas.  These blooms tend to be 1/3 the cost of roses and look very dramatic and impactful when used in large monochromatic arrangements.


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-4Photo: Cornerstone Events


12)  Buy your own vases from places like Pier1 or Ikea.  They can be less expensive than what your florist carries. (And you’ll be able to give the centerpieces away at the end of evening if you’d like).


13)  Go for simpler arrangements vs elaborate ones.  Less timing consuming for your florist = less cost.


14)  Ask your florist for ideas about including non-floral items that add impact while lowering cost. A vase filled with lemons or limes can be quite striking.


Cake


15)  Save by using a faux cake.  They are absolutely beautiful and your guests won’t notice the difference (you can still cut it).


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-5Cake Photos by Luisa Galuppo


16)  Or order only enough cake for 75% of your guests (more guests than you think actually don’t eat the cake).


17)  Another option is to have a smaller cake (tall but smaller cakes have great impact) and then a second “kitchen cake” which is cut and served to your guests (who will never notice).


18)  Skip the cake altogether and serve your favorite dessert!


Attire


19)  Of course, we have to mention the savings associated with a preowned wedding dress!  Whether you buy a preowned dress or sell your new gown after your wedding, you can save (or recoup) a significant portion of the retail price. That’s hundreds or potentially even thousands of dollars that can be used on other wedding costs (or towards upgrading your honeymoon)!


20) Don’t buy “wedding shoes.”  Instead, buy a fabulous pair of colored shoes that will add a fun punch of color to your day…and that you can wear again and again.


http www preownedweddingdresses com photo 3275847-6


Do you have a favorite way to save on wedding costs?  Share you savvy below!


Source: Wedding costs data via The Wedding Report. 




 


 

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 4:42 am
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This is great! Thanks for sharing:)

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm
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Thanks for sharing.  These are all great tips.  What was more important to us than the money was that a lot of "wedding things" are used only for that day, then they are pretty much useless after that day (ring pillow, card box, etc) so we really wanted to use/buy things that we could also use in a practical way after the wedding (for the most part), whether it was something like making our ring "pillow" a dish that we could near the sink, or like making our "guestbook" a piece of art we could hang on the wall.   It turned out that doign these things also was a lot cheaper than doing the traditional wedding things.  Some of the main ways we are saving are:


1. No florist.  We're using candle lanterns as our centerpieces (bought on eBay, and will end up being about $20 per table and we can either sell them after the wedding or keep them to decorate our backyard for parties in the summer!).  My bouquet will be a brooch bouquet (total spent is around $100, and I get to have it forever as a keepsake). Bridal party will have baby's breaths bouquets and boutonnieres (so pretty and really inexpensive).


2. No limos - This works for us because our ceremony and reception are in the same place, plus our bridal party is very small, so no need for a huge party bus.


3. DIY photo booth - Instead of paying anywhere from $600 - $1500 for a photo booth rental, we are doing our own for a fraction of the cost.  There are tons of tutorials online from couples who have done this before and they came our great.


4. DIY, DIY, DIY!  We are diy'ing tons of things, not only to save money, but because then we can have things exactly the way we want!


I have a full list of the things we are DIY'ing on my DIY Bride page - Click Here :)

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 2:39 am
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Great post!

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm
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great ideas!

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 3:55 am
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great ideas

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 9:53 am
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The time of year has a lot to do with the cost of the wedding.  During the month of Feb flowers cost more because of Valentines Day.  May is expensive too because of Mothers Day.  June is the most popular month for weddings, so flowers and all other vendors charge more this month due to the high demand.  December is expensive too because so many people have parties during this month that a lot of vendors charge more and flowers are more expensive too.  Pick any other month and it will help your budget.  


The time of day effects the price too.  Saturday evening is the most common time for weddings and therefore the most expensive.  Try another time of day or a different day all together.


Do not get married during a holiday weekend if you have a lot of out of town guests.  As we know, gas prices increase during holidays.  So do hotel prices and flights.  Some vendors charge more on holiday weekends too.  


If you plan on having a wedding at a hotel, look for an airport hotel that has an event planner on staff.  These hotels will typically have airport shuttle to pickup any out of town guests.  The hotel is where the wedding and reception will take place, so there is no need to figure out how the guests will make it from the ceremony to the reception.  The hotel has tables, chairs, basic linens, a chef and wait staff, and the wedding planner.  The guests get a discount on their room because these types of hotels are full during the week, but empty on weekends.  Yours may be the only wedding that weekend, so you will be getting more individual attention than a hotel downtown that may have 5 weddings that weekend. For more info on how airport hotels save money check out the podcast for "Get Married with Colin Cowie."


It sounds simple, but invite less guests.  Do your second and third cousins really need to be there?  If you have a huge extended family like I do, where do you cut the line?  I am inviting imediate family and very close friends only.  No aunts, uncles, cousins...  Less people means less food, less drinks, less tables, less centerpieces, a smaller wedding cake...


Have less people in the wedding party.  You may have a ton of friends, but all of them need to be in the wedding party?  For each person in the wedding party you have to buy a gift.  Since they are having to buy a lot of things in order to be a part of your big day the gifts should be good, so having fewer people to buy those gifts for will save you money.  Your friends will still be there for the big day and enjoy the moment with you.


 

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
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How do you all find time to do all this DIY stuff?


I first thought I was going to DIY everthing, but not I work FT have my house to up keep, my Husband, and we have 2 kids i said I rather let someone else deal with it...

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 11:50 am
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Cheers to the budget-savvy brides!


I'm happy to share some of my own, echoing some of everyone's ideas above:


http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/10-ways-to-make-a-wedding-affordable

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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