For the Bankrupt Bride: 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Winter Wedding


The holiday season has a tendency to drain your wallet (even with the discounts scored from Black Friday sales). The high cost of presents and lavish festivities can wreak havoc on your budget. Therefore, you might be surprised to find that Winter is a fairly inexpensive time to get hitched. Seriously! Winter weddings allow you to save serious pennies without compromising your dream wedding. So, fear not, brides-to-be! We realize it’s counterintuitive, but trust us, these five tips will help you save cash on your cold-weather affair.

Less Demand Means Vendors Could Give You a Bargain

January isn't an incredibly popular time for weddings around the world. This puts you at a serious advantage! Call your potential ceremony and/or reception locations and see if they offer any deals during the β€œoff season.” The savings could reach upwards of a thousand dollars, and you might end up paying weekday prices for a weekend wedding.

Stock Up on Decorations During Holiday Sales Events

Do those wreaths scream chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Look a little closer. With a healthy coat of white spray paint, glitter, and some ingenuity, you can turn inexpensive holiday decorations into romantic, wedding-appropriate decor! Congratulations, you just slashed your flower and decor budget practically in half! Works with Valentine's Day decorations, too!

If You’re Getting Married in a Church, Use Their Seasonal Flowers

Many religious establishments go all out during the holiday season, adorning the building with flowers, intricate arrangements, and other aesthetic treats. Capitalize on their hard work! Tell your wedding coordinator or the venue organizer that you’d like to incorporate the current decorations with your own! More bang for way less bucks!

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Save on Favors With Wintery Gifts

Winter party favors are so charming, and there are so many fantastic, seasonally-appropriate ideas to choose from. Gift hot chocolate mix in decorative containers, hearty soup, mittens, candy, or other brisk-weather goodies. All the aforementioned options are both inexpensive and practical, ensuring guests will think of you fondly while cozying up on a cold evening.

Many Guests Will Save On Travel

Chances are, many relatives and friends will already be traveling home for the holidays. This way, you ensure guests will save money on travel and be less likely to take time off of work! You will seem considerate and more than likely, your loved ones will be appreciative.

The only downside? Warm-weather honeymoon destinations might be a bit pricier. However, you could always coop up in a cute cabin for a few days, and save your big trip for a more inexpensive time to travel. Besides, who doesn’t love a mini ski trip? Very romantic!

Well there you have it! Have you been convinced? Would you have a Winter wedding, and do you have any money-saving advice for your fellow brides and grooms? Leave them in the comments below!

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. In the past, she has written on beauty and health, but has begun branching out into writing about wedding and party planning–two things that have always been a passion of hers. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.Β 

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