Photo courtesy of: Latonya Bankston of @ColorfulSolutionsWeddingDesignsandEvents
Weddings can leave a huge hole in your wallet. Venues, caterers and floral costs add up quickly. Not to mention the dress and the honeymoon. The average cost for a wedding in 2016 in the United States was $26,645 with most couples spending less than $10,000. That is the down payment on a house in most areas!
Here are a few tips in keeping the costs down without looking cheap!
1. Instead of an expensive catering hall, have your reception at your church following your vows. Or weather permitting, try a local park or the beach. Each venue can be decorated to suit your theme and your budget. Our customer, Latonya Bankston (photo above) of Colorful Solutions Wedding Designs and Events created a beautiful wedding reception using a Red and Grey theme and it was in a church hall. I love how she wrapped the chairs with the same Linen-Look plastic that was used on the tables.
2. Choose an off date and time. June and December are the most popular months for weddings. The time of day can make a big difference in price as well. A buffet lunch can be less expensive than a sit down dinner. Appetizers and champagne in the afternoon can cost even less.
3. Cut down on the guest list. Remember each guests gets a meal, a piece of cake and a whole lot of champagne.
4. DIY your wedding invitations and decorations. If you're creative and have the time, there's nothing more personal than something handmade. Or perhaps there's a crafty auntie in your family that would love to help! If not... there are online sites like Wedzu.com and Etsy.com where you can find handmade items from independent vendors selling beautiful wedding items at a much cheaper price.
5. Try an online discounted wedding site like bridalbrokerage.com where you'll find a list of things to buy at hugely discounted prices. There are also wedding packages for sale from weddings that have been cancelled. Items range from centerpieces, and invitations to venues and honeymoons.
It's your special day so make it your own.