It’s almost June, which means a lot of folks will be getting hitched in the coming weeks, with brides and grooms shelling out big bucks to make their big day special. It’s no secret that weddings are incredibly expensive, but there are some ways couples can save some dough, without taking away from their big day.
Wedding planners have opened up to Huffington Post about some simple things couples can cut from their wedding to save money, and with all of them, it’s doubtful your guests will even notice or care.
Things to cut include:
Wedding Favors – The cost of little trinkets like picture frames or chocolates can certainly add up, and most of the time guests wind up leaving them behind anyway. As one wedding planner noted, “No one cares about a pen or a shot glass with your wedding date carved into it.”
Live cocktail hour music – While yes you may want live music for your reception, at the cocktail hour the music is basically just background noise, so planners suggest skipping it. As one points out, “Your guests are chatting and drinking and will never notice if you have piped in music of any style instead of a live performer.”
Desserts – Yes, you’ll need something sweet to end the night, but there’s no reason to go overboard. One wedding planner suggests just getting a cake so there’s enough for everyone to have a piece, while another way to save is to get a small decorative cake to cut, and then in the back have a sheet cake of the same flavor to serve to guests.
Paper Invitations – While some folks would never think of not sending out big fancy wedding invitations, they can be expensive, so one wedding planner suggests using paperless evites instead. According to one wedding planner most people don’t really care about the invitations, they just want the information. And if you have some guests that aren’t tech savvy, you can print out a small batch of paper invitations to send to them.
Transportation - Sure everyone loves a party bus to get them from the church to the reception, but if you can’t afford it, there’s nothing saying you have to provide it. Thanks to ride share options, guests who don’t want to drive themselves have plenty of options for getting from one place to another.
Upgrading rentals – Most venues include the cost of tables, chairs and linens, and if you want to save money there’s no reason to pay for extra upgrades. Sure they may not be exactly what you want but they’ll be good enough and you won’t be shelling out a lot of extra dough.