Looking for ways to save money for my wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on January 1, 2013

My fiance and I are looking for ways to save money on our wedding.

First of all, is this a good deal? (scroll down to the Aspen Package)


What are some other ways to save on our wedding?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jury January 1, 2013 at 5:55 am

I will tell you one thing that I don’t suggest doing to save money: That is moving back home with your parents to save the rent money for the wedding.


Barbara B January 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

The number one way to reduce costs is to change your attitude about what constitutes your “dream wedding.” That means cutting the guest list to the bare bones – No 100-plus guests – just the closest of family and friends.

Borrow your wedding dress – maybe wear Mom’s – or Grandma’s or Aunt Sue’s wedding dress. If your FH has no sisters (or perhaps he’s an only son), perhaps wearing her dress would be a lovely gesture.

Serve wedding cookies or cupcakes instead of a big cake

Get married in your parents back yard (or living room if the weather breaks) and have a picnic reception

Get married in the daytime and serve cake and punch and finger foods instead of a big sit-down meal

Only invite your immediate families and go out to dinner after at a locally owned restaurant.

My personal favorite: Get married at the courthouse. Wear something off the rack from a nice store. You’ll be just as married as if you had spent a fortune. Yes, your parents can be there.

But first examine your attitude. Do you absolutely HAVE to have the big bash – or is marrying the love of your life more important? If you have to have the big bash, then both of you should get second jobs and put that money toward the wedding. IF parents want to help ask for help paying back student loans or put money toward a house

One thing you should not do however – ask for money from anyone to help you pay for your wedding (or honeymoon for that matter). Paying for your own wedding is a big sign that you are mature enough to get married.


Wonder Woman January 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

Don’t have a $100k budget if you can only afford a $10k one. I know what you’re thinking: “I’m not THAT stupid!”. But as sad as it is, the truth is that there are many couples who go into debt because they went overboard trying to impress guests with their fancy schmancy wedding. Don’t be one of these stupid people. Base your wedding budget on you and your fiance’s salary and find out the best budget for the two of you.

“Do It Yourself”. This is the easiest way to save money. While most brides are spending $500 on invitations, you can easily make your own with less than 1/3 of that. It takes time and a trip to Michael’s, but it’s worth it. Besides, by you doing your own invites, they can actually be perfect! You can also make your own centerpieces, favors, and flower bouquets (especially if Grandma has a flower garden, lol!). If you or your mom likes to sew, you can make your dress, the chair sashes, or table runners.

This is the #1 way to reduce your wedding bill. Why? Because most of the stuff you’re spending for the wedding is for the guests. Start by kicking out the people you haven’t seen in 3 years. One of my friends had a 300-guest wedding…Over half of them were friends she haven’t seen in 5 years! Also, this is something I tell everyone: While some people may be your friend, they might not care about your wedding at all. I have tons of friends I’d love to invite to my wedding, but I’m not, because I know they’d just come for the free food and alcohol. Others would come to my wedding even if they had to travel to Mars (how sweet!).

There are those who are firm believers of the saying “You get what you pay for.” Screw that saying–it’s total bullshyt. But in some cases it’s true. A Ritz-Carlton wedding is sure to get you top notch service and Wedding of the Century nomination. But why pay so much when you can just have your wedding at a Four Seasons, Hyatt, or even Mariott hotel for less than that?
A $200 wedding package doesn’t say much on the outside. Most couples would rather opt for the $5,000 package that includes turndown service and dinner on the beach. But that’s the thing–they only look at the outside, not the details. For all they know, that dinner on the beach could be a McDonald’s Mini Meal! So get that $1,795 Aspen package (yes, it’s a great deal. I’ve seen a lot wedding packages with that much included stuff for triple that price)!

There are many, many hidden costs that bump up the number of the final wedding bill. For details read this article I found on TheKnot.com: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/10-hidden-wedding-costs.aspx

Instead of a sit-down dinner with dishes like filet mignon and lobster tail, opt for a casual hors d’eovres reception with comfort foods. If you want to reduce the cost even more, instead of having an open bar, just serve beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. Or you can just leave out the alcohol completely.


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