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Wedding planning money-saving tips!

Wedding planning can be an exciting and stressful experience. One of the biggest stresses for many couples is the cost of the big day. Here are some tips to help you save money on your wedding day without compromising on style or quality.

Firstly, set a budget and stick to it. Before you start planning, sit down with your partner and decide how much you are willing to spend. Create a budget and allocate funds for each aspect of the wedding, such as the venue, food, and flowers. This will help you stay on track and avoid overspending.

Consider an off-season wedding. Summer is the most popular time for weddings, but it can also be the most expensive. Consider having your wedding in the Autumn or winter, when venues and vendors may offer lower prices and even some discounts.

Be specific with your guest list. The number of guests you invite will have a big impact on your budget. Be mindful of who you invite and try to keep the guest list to a manageable size according to your budget. This isn’t always easy but just remember to try not to feel too guilty as every guest you invite is a meal that you will have to pay for!

Choose a venue that can accommodate both the ceremony and reception. Having both events in the same location can save you money on transportation and setup costs.

Use in-season flowers. Flowers can be a significant expense, but you can save money by choosing flowers that are in season. They will be more readily available and less expensive.

DIY decorations and favours. There are many ways to add a personal touch to your wedding without breaking the bank. Consider making your own decorations or favours, such as centrepieces or cookies. (I will also be doing a DIY wedding blog soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one!)

Be flexible with vendors. Be open to working with vendors who offer similar services at lower prices. Don’t be afraid to negotiate or shop around for the best deal. Also ask your venue or other suppliers for recommendations based on your budget.

Cut down on the number of wedding favours you give. Instead of giving a favour to every guest, consider giving them to just the bridal party or close family members. Or maybe even repurpose some of the decorations as favours!

Consider a smaller wedding party. A larger wedding party means more expenses for dresses, suits, and transportation. Consider having a smaller wedding party to save on costs.

Have a potluck reception. This is a huge trend especially with intimate weddings where guests bring dishes to share instead of hiring caterers. This can be a fun way to involve your guests and save a lot of money on food costs.

Just remember, the most important thing is that you and your partner are happy and that your special day is memorable for all the right reasons. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank!