The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai
My cousin, Sarah, just recently married her boyfriend of four years. They planned a very simple wedding with only 10 people in attendance. They married on the beach; my aunt made the wedding dress, and the groom rented the tux.
After the beach service, they all had a meal at a restaurant and then the bride and groom and a few of their friends went on a pub crawl. I love this type of wedding because it is the most relaxed wedding I’ve heard of recently! It sure beats having so much wedding stress and pressure you turn into bridezilla.
I imagine their wedding cost less than $1,000. In the age of weddings that average $28k or more, I find this type of wedding incredibly refreshing.
Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; Sarah’s brother, Patrick, is getting married this summer, and he and his fiancee are looking to also have an economical wedding, though with more guests.
If, you, too, would like a low cost wedding (or would like your kids to have one), here are some tips:
1. Plan the wedding for a day besides Saturday. Saturday is the most popular day for weddings, so if you pick this day, you’ll pay more. Patrick is planning his wedding for Sunday because the venue they chose was 1/3 cheaper on Sunday than Saturday. When my husband and I got married 13 years ago, we got married on a Friday night and saved on the cost of our venue.
2. Consider the time of the wedding. Just as you can save more by choosing a less popular date, so can you save if you choose a less popular time. Getting married in the morning or at night can save you money.
If you’re married in the morning, you can have brunch at the reception and save more than if you feed your guests a full dinner as you’d have to with a late afternoon or early evening wedding.
If you have a late evening wedding, you can also save. A friend of mine was married on New Year’s Eve at 10 p.m. She just served appetizers after the wedding.
3. Choose your venue carefully. Some venues require that you work with their catering service and use their entertainment. This can add up quickly. Instead, try to go with a venue that will let you bring in your own catering and your own DJ to save. Also, consider unusual venues. Patrick and his fiancee are getting married at an apple orchard and are allowed to bring in their own food and entertainment.
4. Get help from family and friends. Do you have family and friends who would be willing to help you? I’m lucky to come from a large family. One of my cousins is a DJ, so he was our DJ and gave us a nice discount. My aunt makes beautiful cakes, so she made our wedding cake has her wedding present. My uncle was the videographer. My mom’s friend sewed all of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
My Questions to You
If you’re married, how did you save on wedding costs? What advice would you give other couples who are planning their wedding and looking to save some money?
**Stay tuned for part 2, where I’ll share six more money-saving tips.**