March 24, 2021
Do you really know what to expect from your wedding budget? Sticker shock is the leading killer of wedding vibes. The truth is, you probably have no idea how much a wedding costs. That’s okay – it’s what I’m here for!
Believe it or not, Friday and Sunday weddings have become increasingly popular! Personally, I’m a fan of a Friday evening wedding with late night food or a Sunday morning wedding with a waffle bar brunch! This is a budget-friendly way to have the venue of your dreams, because many of them offer discounts for non-Saturday weddings.
The location of your wedding has a huge impact on your wedding budget, for two reasons. First, the average wedding venue investment varies state to state, and even city to city! Second, different venues will include different things. You might find a venue at a low price, but it might be a bare-bones venue, meaning you’ll have to rent tables, chairs, etc. which can really drive the price up.
Ceremony arches look great behind a sweetheart table or a cake table, or you can take the flowers off the arch, and use them as decor for your king’s table. Repurpose bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces. Did you use lanterns as pew decor? Use them as centerpieces in your reception. One warning, this is great for your budget, but if your guests are watching your coordinator move items from ceremony to the reception, it lowers their experience. Try your best to never move decor in front of guests.
Off-season, for weddings, in our area is usually November-March. Some venues and vendors will offer steep discounts for off-season weddings, because their schedules don’t typically fill up during these months. If you’re open to a winter wedding, this one can be great for your budget.
This one can be a hard pill to swallow. Cutting down your guest list is the number 1 way to cut down on your wedding budget. Furthermore, it creates a beautiful, intimate experience that you’ll never forget. So, how do you cut down your guest list? First, consider having an adults-only wedding. Kids add up quickly, since they frequently out-number their parents. Next, keep in mind that your wedding isn’t a family reunion or a class reunion. In other words, you don’t need to invite everyone you’ve ever met to your wedding. In addition, if you invite one co-worker, you don’t need to feel guilty about not inviting the entire office.
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