They’re last but certainly not least. Follow these tips for even more ways to save on wedding costs.
The big “W”: When getting quotes, don’t mention the word “wedding” until you have to. Some venues and vendors charge a premium for them. Say it’s an event or family gathering instead and hold them to it unless they can justify extra charges.
Take on do-it-yourself projects: We’ve noted a few things that you can make on your own, but you may be able to think of even more that are applicable to your wedding. Just remember that DIY is not always cheaper. Research and consider the costs before you get started.
Borrow a friend’s nice car for transportation: Avoid spending money on a limo and use a car with a personal touch.
Have a smaller wedding party: Every additional bridesmaid and groomsman means spending more on flowers, gifts, and food. Consider cutting back on attendants to save money.
Have a smaller wedding: Don’t feel compelled to invite your third cousin from Omaha that you’ve never met. Make your wedding a small affair and you’ll spend considerably less.
Get out of the city: Weddings held out of town are usually cheaper.
Ask friends and family members for leftovers: Do you know someone who has gotten married recently? Ask them to let you use leftover decorations and other supplies from their wedding.
Use a rewards credit card: If you’re going to be spending money, you might as well get something for it! Use a rewards card to get money back or earn points toward honeymoon travel. Just remember to pay on time to avoid finance charges, otherwise you might end up paying for more than you get in return.
Share decorating costs: See if another bride has booked your venue for the same weekend, then split costs if you can agree on any shared d’cor, flowers and other expenses.
Consider hiring a wedding planner: Wedding planners may seem like an unnecessary cost, but depending on the size of your wedding, they may be able to save you money by using their connections and knowledge of the industry.
Consider an intimate destination wedding: You’ll be able to slash the guest list and combine it with your honeymoon.
Clip coupons: Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores send out regular coupons. Spread your shopping out and ask friends and relatives to let you use whatever coupons they get in the mail.
Keep attendant gifts simple: You don’t have to go overboard with attendant gifts. Choose something affordable but meaningful. Hand-picked books with personal notes inside, or framed photos generally work well.