5 Tips to Cut Wedding Costs … (Not Guests)
News flash: weddings are NOT cheap. However, there are ways to cut costs without taking away any super important parts of the day you may or may not have been planning since you had your first crush in middle school.
1. Skip the party favors.
Nobody goes to a wedding for the party favor. Many people end up leaving their party favors behind, too. I understand that they are a way to thank your guests for making the trip and sacrificing their time to witness your wedding. But I challenge you this: what if, instead of a customized tissue packet and little candies, you instead thanked your guests with a rockin’ experience instead???
2. Have a half-open bar
Cocktail hour is meant for just that — cocktails!! People are starting to celebrate the marriage and prepare for the reception. And one hour is plenty of time for more than one drink, PLUS they can bring a drink to the table with them while they wait for the meal to arrive! Once the reception begins, you can close the open bar and instead only offer beer and wine (and maybe your signature cocktails). People still get to enjoy their drinks, but you’re not spending money on Uncle George’s 7th cranberry vodka!
3. DIY centerpieces
Hello, Pinterest!! These are SO do-able. There are a ton of ideas out there that involve thrifting, which is better for the environment anyway! And to make it even easier and more fun, throw a centerpiece-making party with your bridesmaids/best friends!!!
4. Postcard save-the-dates
There are so many sites that allow you to design your own save-the-dates in a cost effective way like Shutterfly and Vistaprint. Another way to cut down on costs? Ditch the envelope! Your save-the-dates don’t need to have the exact venue if you’re concerned about privacy. This option saves paper, too 🙂
5. Wear shoes you already own
Brides, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: aside from detail pictures, your shoes will barely be seen on your wedding day! In most cases, your wedding dress will touch the floor and cover your shoes. Unless you change into a shorter dress for your reception; which, if you do, you’ll probably want to change into more comfortable dancing shoes as well!