10 Ways To Save On A Wedding

June, is statistically one of the most expensive wedding months out of the year. Throw out the false misconception that in order to have a perfect wedding, you must shell out thousands and thousands of dollars. Below, we have gathered 10 tips to help reduce your costs without having to compromise your dream wedding.


1. Electronic invitations. There are many companies, including Evite that will allow you to create or send electronic invitations for free. It is also a easy way to manage your guest list as well as set up reminders for yourself or for your invited guests.


2. Finding the perfect dress. Believe it or not, brides-to-be can find many formal gowns at department stores as well as consignment shops. Second hand stores are a very budget-friendly option for brides. It is also a great place to sell your dress after your big day to earn some extra dough! Don't be afraid to ask around either. Your friends and family may have saved some wedding attire that you can borrow, or perhaps a family heirloom that can be passed down.


3.  The venue. First, try and pick an off peak date. If there is a demand on a specific day, you will pay higher price. Saturday's are usually the post popular therefore will be the most expensive. You will most likely see a lower cost for a Sunday night or even weeknight wedding. You may be able to receive a discount if you choose an off peak or less popular month. Having a nontraditional venue is also an option. Renting a vacation house, restaurant, etc. are great ways to save money. It will also give your wedding a unique feeling.


4.Catering. The average cost per guest is $70. Price out multiple meal options. Seated dinners can be the most expensive option. Ask your cater if they offer buffet or family style stations. Having an open bar can become very pricey. Try and stick to only beer and wine, having more options will only rack up the bill.


5.The cake. The average cost of a wedding cake is $540. A shorter cake means a smaller cost. The more tiers you may have, the more it will cost. Store bought cake can be surprisingly delicious and are affordable. You still have the option to choose a design to spruce up the look of it. You can also choose a nontraditional dessert. Who doesn't love pie, cookies, or ice cream?


6. Flowers & decorations. In-season blooms may be more cost effective. Local blooms that are in season at the time, are usually less expensive. Even choosing a larger flower will help as well by making it look fuller and will take up more space therefore you will use less. When it comes to decorations, it does not hurt to ask floral designers about their excess inventory. They may be able to give you a discount if they are trying to get rid of excess inventory.


7. Photography. Instead of hiring a full-time photographer, look for one that is part-time. Part-time photographers can afford to charge less because they have other sources of income. You could also hire an associate photographer who is more willing to negotiate prices. Since many photographers charge by the hour, schedule special moments such as toasts, cake cutting, and dances immediately after the ceremony so they can capture these moments right away.


8. Entertainment. Hiring a band or a DJ can cost a fortune. Instead, hire music students. Students are more likely to offer you a reasonable price and likely have many hours of performance experience. Even using someones phone and speaker system can do the trick. Now a days, there are many entertainment products that are affordable and provide the perfect amount of amplified music to get everyone on the dance floor.


9. Wedding rings. Wedding bands are traditionally one of the most important parts of a marriage ceremony, but can generally be very costly depending on the material.  Titanium, sterling silver, and other materials are less expensive, durable, and can be personalized.


10. Don't stress. Yes, we know that it's easier said then done, but something will most likely go wrong at the last minute. Assume it will going to happen either way and urge yourself not to spend money if it is truly not necessary. Most likely, no one will even notice the issue and majority of the time someone who is helping out will assist in finding a solution.


We have also gathered a few retailers offering cashback to further help save money on all your wedding expenses!

Evite- Up to 35% Cash Back

1-800flowers.com - 11% Cash Back

1-800-FLORALS 16% Cash Back

Vistaprint- 6% Cash Back

Personalization Mall- 10% Cash Back

David's Bridal- 3% Cash Back

Blue Nile- 5% Cash Back

My Wedding Favors- Up to 14% Cash Back

FTD.com- 15% Cash Back

Dorris Wedding- 12% Cash Back

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