How can you save money on your wedding?
According to The Knot, the average wedding in America costs $33,931. That’s a lot of money. If you can afford it, great, enjoy. But most couples today, especially younger ones, are dealing with significant financial challenges, such as student loan and credit card debt. Fortunately, there are things you can do to save money on your wedding, and you can even make it eco-friendly.
Save your money and the environment!
In a previous blog article, we gave you some tips for an affordable wedding. Planning a weekday, off-season, brunch wedding, for instance, is one way to save money on your wedding. Trimming your guest list and enlisting family and friends to provide as many of the services as possible will also help you save money.
In this post, we offer other strategies to help you save money and be eco-friendly.
Watch Out for the Hidden Costs
- Cake-cutting fee. Yes, your vendor can charge you as much as $2 per slice to cut the wedding cake for you. They prefer that you use their baker. But maybe you have an outside baker you love, or a family member has been begging to make your wedding cake. You don’t want to be penalized for making this choice. Slice the cake yourself or appoint a family member or friend to do the honors. You will save as much as $300, assuming you have 100 wedding guests.
- Overtime charges. Be sure to check the number of hours you have reserved for your wedding venue. The fee they charge you is based on the number of hours. If you happen to unintentionally extend your stay, you will have to pay overtime charges, which can be pricey. Most venues charge between $1000 and $2000 per additional hour! Assign someone to monitor the time, being sure to wind down soon enough for everyone to be cleared out of the venue on time.
Save Paper and Postage
We live in a digital world. Take advantage of digital apps to invite your friends to the big day. Wix and Greenvelope are two popular sites. You can even make a video invite! Digital invitations make your wedding eco-friendly too. Even if you use recycled paper, you still have the issue of what your guests discarding the invitations once your big day is over. Go digital, save money and reduce your environmental footprint.
Floral centerpieces look beautiful, but it can cost you as much as $2,400. You will want a bouquet, but you don’t need professionally designed floral centerpieces for your tables. Save money on your wedding and do it yourself. You’ll find lots of tutorials on YouTube. Or find a friend or family member to make the centerpieces for you.
Purchase your flowers and decorations locally, you will save money on your wedding expenses. Use recycled decorations and accessories, from sites like Wedding Recycle.
Once the wedding is over, donate your floral arrangements and decorations to a non-profit, hospital, senior home or other venues where they can be enjoyed rather than tossed out.
Careful Catering can Help You Save Money on Your Wedding
Here is where a big chunk of your wedding budget can disappear. By following some of our previous tips, such as minimizing your guest list, having your wedding during the day and during the off-season you can save money on catering.
To keep it eco-friendly there is another issue—waste. According to the Department of Agriculture, between 30-40% of America’s food supply goes to the garbage. Work with an eco-conscious caterer or instruct your caterer to be careful when serving your guests, bringing out seconds only when needed.
The Wedding Dress
According to The Knot’s 2018 data, the average wedding dress costs $1,631. You can search out boutiques, but one trending way to save money on your wedding dress is to go resale. Sites such as Stillwhite, one of the largest wedding dress resale sites in the world, have beautiful, like-new wedding dresses for a fraction of the cost. BravoBride and Preowned Wedding Dresses are other popular e-commerce sites. For the groom, check out Black Tux. BravoBride also serves as a platform for you to resell your wedding items.
Track Your Expenses
This is the last tip and the most important one of all. Keep your budget in front of you all the time. Update it with expenses paid, expenses to be paid. Compare these details with your total budget so that you stay on track.