It's a tough economy to throw a blowout bash, but, ladies and gentleman, it can still be done! Here are five ways you can scrimp without being accused of being a Scrooge.
1. Timing is Everything
The most expensive time to book a venue is a Saturday night during the summer. To radically cut costs, try to have your wedding at a less popular hour. There is some truth to the saying, the early bird gets the worm. Not only will your photographer get to use natural lighting throughout your reception, but the parents of young children will be happier as well.
2. Ditch the Flower Fund
A new husband told me recently that he was blown away by how much fresh flowers cost. Add in the stress of transporting these delicate blooms, potential allergies, and pollen stains, you're much better off keeping these pretties to a minimum or swapping them out completely with a festive alternative. Many brides are walking down the aisle with brooch, candy, or origami bouquets.
3. DIY Centerpieces
Create fun and memorable centerpieces by salvaging your home for knick knacks or visiting the local thrift store. While advanced crafters can let their imaginations run wild, newbies can pick something close to home like creating memorable framed collages.
4. Limit the Guest List
The more may be merrier in some instances, but not when it strains your budget. Limiting your wedding to your nearest and dearest not only saves money, but also creates a much more intimate experience and with fewer plates to buy, you can splurge on the mains or appetizers.
5. Research Your Dream Dress
Viewers of Say Yes to the Dress will know that high end couture gowns can be over ten thousand dollars. However, brides are sourcing their wedding dresses creatively. Not only do prices vary at your local bridal boutiques, but it also depends on when you buy. Many bridal salons host trunk shows, where you can can get a fifteen to twenty percent discount!
If you're a savvy online shopper, you can also find hundreds of vendors that specialize in affordable wedding dresses, sample couture gowns, secondhand dresses, and rentals.
For the best deal, it pays to do your homework.