Creative Ways to Save on Wedding Costs

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated November 11, 2017

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February 2, 2015

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Plenty of couples are sick of hearing about how their wedding will cost at least $10,000. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on wedding costs and still put together an amazing and unforgettable event. In fact, getting creative can not only save money, but can inspire a personalized event that will have guests talking for months after the big day.

Browsing through expensive invitations at the paper boutique is fun, but that’s no reason to buy at such exorbitant prices. The truth is, nobody except the mothers of the bride and groom will even remember what the invitations looked like once the wedding is in full swing. After all, the most important thing is ensuring that the information on the invitations is correct. Check out photo card sites like Tiny Prints, and choose from a great selection of stock invitations to save a bundle on the wedding budget.

Booking a reception hall with enough tables and chairs for all the guests, plus food catering and an open bar, is where most of a wedding budget is spent. Instead of going to such expense, why not host a casual semi-seated reception somewhere guests can walk around or sit while eating? A family’s backyard or a local park provides gorgeous scenery, places where the kids can play and enough space for guests to get up and socialize with each other. The cost is much lower than a reception hall, and most guests won’t miss being in a cramped, stuffy room for several hours.

Full, plated dinners are expensive and difficult to serve simultaneously. Appetizer trays, on the other hand, are affordable, tasty and easy to enjoy while socializing with other wedding guests. Couples can choose a special selection of finger food and either arrange the appetizers through the reception area or hire a server to bring them to guests. It’s a great way to personalize the food, add a unique twist to the wedding reception, and minimize costs. Serve beer and wine to guests, along with one “signature” cocktail for an affordable alternative to an open bar.

Couples shouldn’t let anything get in the way of having a great wedding, including a limited budget. Brides and grooms should work together, along with their families, to create a special, meaningful day for everyone.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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