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You’re engaged! Congratulations. Now that you’ve started planning, you may be worried about how to plan a wedding that is both memorable and money-savvy. In fact, throwing a wedding on a budget is easier than you may think. Get started with the following tips.
Timing matters. A wedding date in peak season inevitably costs more than a date in the off-season. Rates for associated costs such as vendors, bands and hotels are also lower during off-peak periods. To save even more money, hold your wedding during the week rather than on the weekend. If you must do it on the weekend, avoid Saturday, as that is the most pricey day for a wedding.
Rather than paying two separate costs for a wedding ceremony and reception, brides and grooms can save by having both events at the same place. Your guests will thank you, too. And if you’re thinking about holding the ceremony and reception at home, run the numbers carefully. It could well be that the rental charge of tents, furniture and linens will run you more than choosing a location that includes everything you need. If you want to get married at a church, ask about reserving its reception hall.
You don’t want hidden charges popping up, so when visiting potential wedding venues, ask what items are included. You may think you’ve found a stellar price, only to discover later that items such as tables or silverware will cost you extra. Ask recently married friends about their experiences with locations and services they used.
Because the cost per wedding guest can exceed $200, one way to throw a wedding on a budget is to restrict your guest list. For example, only invite co-workers if they know you both, and if there is a friendship outside of work. It’s okay to not invite friends of your parents whom you barely remember.
An excellent way to save on your wedding is to feed your guests appetizers or dessert instead of a meal. If you go this route, make sure that your guests understand there will not be an entree. Brunch is the best option if you still want to provide a meal, as it will be relatively inexpensive.
Looking for other budget-savvy tips? Check out these simple ways to save.